developers may have good news to celebrate today. Salesforce.com and virtualization giant VMware are partnering to launch VMforce, a enterprise Java Cloud to enable Java developers to build apps off of Force.com. Salesforce is leveraging the Java which was acquired by when the company bought SpringSource for $420 million. SpringSource provides a development platform for engineers to build enterprise Java apps.

The launch of VMforce is significant because it brings a mission critical deployment environment for enterprise Java apps in the cloud. Previously, Java developers had limited environments to deploy applications in the cloud. VMforce aims to provide a cloud-based platform to the 6 million enterprise Java developers, including the 2 million members of Spring . The offering allows Java developers to tap into Salesforce’s Force.com application, which provides a cloud-based platform to run and operate applications. Developers can access the Force.com database, workflow, analytics, search, and Chatter profiles and feeds