LONDON: Salesforce has confirmed it remains on track to open a data centre in the UK during 2012, a move that may make it easier for the firm to sell its services to the public sector, especially on the government's G-Cloud service.
The firm's chief executive Mark Benioff first announced the firm's plan to bring a dedicated UK site online by 2012 two years ago. Co-founder and vice president of technology at Salesforce, Parker Harris, confirmed this goal was still on track and would be finalised in the coming months.
"We definitely have plans to open a datacentre here [the UK]. We are very committed to it and have been working hard to narrow down a provider. We are now down to two, and once we select the final provider we will be announcing that shortly," he said at the firm's annual Cloudforce event.
Owning a dedicated UK datacentre would enable the firm to guarantee organisations that their data would remain in the UK, thereby avoiding the possibility it would fall under the legal jurisdictions of other nations.
This is a particular concern for data stored in the US where the Patriot Act allows the government to access to any firm's data, a situation that makes some firms wary of using cloud services run from US datacentres.
Opening the UK datacentre would help overcome this, and would also make it easier for the firm to offers its services on the government's G-Cloud platform, where Salesforce remains a notable absentee.
The event in London also saw the firm praise the UK government's open data initiative and announce two new tools for its Chatter platform as the firm looks to push the uptake of consumer tools for collaboration within enterprises.
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