Understand the Salesforce Architecture

Have you ever wondered what is so special about Salesforce? How does it accomplish so much in such a less time? Well, the secret lies in its architecture. Salesforce has formidable architecture that helps you do wonders, with its architectural review of Salesforce.com's central platform and applications. 

Few Basic Points about Salesforce Architecture

There's a great deal of information to unload here, yet how about we stick around the most critical points?

  • Salesforce is a cloud company. Everything that they offer lives in the trusted, multi-tenant cloud.
  • The Salesforce platform is the foundation of its services. It’s powered by metadata and made up of different parts, like data services, artificial intelligence, and robust APIs for development.
  • All their apps sit on top of the platform. Their pre-built offerings like Sales Cloud and Marketing Cloud, along with apps you build using the platform, have a consistent, powerful functionality.
  • They integrate everything. They build their platform technologies like Einstein predictive intelligence and the Lightning framework for development into everything we offer and everything you build.

Notice how we are focusing on a few terms that are extra important for you to understand: trust, multi-tenancy, metadata, and the API. In addition, we will explain them one by one.

The Core Architecture of Salesforce

We can put the architecture of Salesforce into layers for a better understanding. In addition, we describe the purpose and function of each layer in the below-stated paragraphs

Core Salesforce Architecture

1. Trusting the Cloud

For Salesforce, trust is their top priority. Not only are you keeping your sensitive data in your org, you’re also building functionality vital to your company’s success on their platform. One of their key responsibilities is to keep your data and functionality safe is not something we take lightly, which is why we’re always transparent about our services.

Their trust site, trust.salesforce.com, is a vital resource. You can use it to view performance data and get more information about how we secure your data. It also shows you any planned maintenance we’ll be performing that might impact your access to Salesforce.

2. Multi-tenant Cloud sharing

So far, we’ve been talking a lot about houses. But really, Salesforce is set up more like an apartment building. Your company has its own space in the cloud, but you have all kinds of neighbors, from mom-and-pop shops to multinational corporations.

This idea is a multi-tenancy. That is a great word for making you sound smart at dinner parties, but really all it means is that you’re sharing resources. Salesforce provides a core set of services to all our customers in the multi-tenant cloud. No matter the size of your business, you get access to the same computing power, data storage, and core features.

Trust and multi-tenancy go hand in hand. Although you’re sharing space with other companies, you can trust Salesforce to keep your data secure. You can also trust that you’re getting the latest and greatest features with automatic, seamless upgrades three times a year. Since Salesforce is a cloud service, you never have to install new features or worry about your hardware. All this is possible because of multi-tenancy.

3. The Magic of Metadata

In Metadata-Driven Architectures multi-tenancy is viable just when it can support applications that are dependable, adaptable, upgradeable, secure, and quick. It's hard to make a statically ordered application executable that can meet these and another one of a kind, difficulties of multi-tenancy. Characteristically, a multi-tenant application must be dynamic by nature, or polymorphic, to satisfy the individual desires of different inhabitants and their clients. Thus, multi-tenant application plans have developed to use a runtime motor that produces application parts from metadata—information about the application itself. In an all-around characterized metadata-driven engineering, there is an unmistakable division of the ordered runtime engine (kernel), application information, the metadata that portrays the base usefulness of an application, and the metadata that relates to each occupant's information and customizations.

4. API - Application Programming Interface

APIs allow different pieces of software to connect to each other and exchange information.If that sounds kind of abstract, take a quick look at the computer you’re working on right now. You can probably find a series of ports of various shapes and sizes that support different connections. These are like the hardware version of APIs. You don’t have to know how the USB port works. All you have to understand is that when you plug your phone into a USB port, it passes information to your computer.

APIs are similar. Without knowing the details, you can connect your apps with other apps or software systems. The underlying technology takes care of the specifics of how information passes throughout the system.

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Darko Todorovski

Salesforce Maniac for 7 years, Hardcore Admin & Developer, Geek, Animal lover, and dog & cat rescuer activist. Lifetime student, Stand-Up comedian wannabe, Photographer, Gamer, Anime lover, and coffee addict. Spreading salesforce love and teaching beyond my capacity. Aiming to become Tech Architect!

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