Salesforce.com announced recently that it has signed an agreement with NTT Europe, a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT Communications, to establish a European data centre in the U.K. scheduled for completion in 2014. The new data centre will be salesforce.com’s sixth worldwide and will support the company’s cloud computing services across its growing customer base in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
“Europe was salesforce.com’s fastest growing region in our fiscal year 2013, delivering constant currency revenue growth of 38%,” said Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO, salesforce.com. “We are doubling down on Europe with the announcement of our new data centre in the U.K., which will support continued customer success in EMEA.”
“NTT Europe is proud to extend its partnership with salesforce.com by supporting its enterprise cloud computing services in EMEA,” said Robin Balen, Managing Director of NTT Europe’s Wholesale Data Centre Business. “Powered 100% by renewable energy sources, salesforce.com’s data centre in the U.K. will deliver an environmentally friendly and highly resilient facility for its customers in the region.”
Demand for cloud computing rises in Europe
The global shift to cloud has opened the door to new and exciting social and mobile technologies, driving unprecedented growth in cloud computing spending by companies across Europe. IDC forecasts that Europe’s public cloud software market will grow three times faster than other IT segments, at a CAGR of 30% to reach €23.9 billion by 2017.