* Lets programmers write software using Java language
* Preview of the service to launch in second half of 2010
* Companies do not disclose pricing, terms of partnership
BOSTON, April 27 Software makers Salesforce.com
Inc (CRM.N) and VMware Inc (VMW.N) said they will develop a
hosted service that companies can use to write and run custom
applications via the Web.
The two are joining forces to gain a foothold in the small
but rapidly growing area of cloud computing. Rivals include
Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O), Google Inc (GOOG.O), International
Business Machines Corp (IBM.N) and Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O).
The new system, dubbed VMforce, will run on Java, the
world's most commonly used programming language for business
applications. More than 6 million developers create programs
Salesforce already hosts a similar "cloud computing"
product, dubbed Force.com, but programmers need to learn a
proprietary language to write software that runs on that
The companies declined to disclose pricing or provide
financial details of their partnership. They said a preview
version of the service will be available in the second half of
Salesforce.com is the world's biggest provider of software
delivered via the Web. VMware is the top maker of
virtualization programs, which allow companies to boost the
efficiency of computer hardware by running multiple virtual
machines on a single piece of equipment.
(Reporting by Jim Finkle; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)