SAN FRANCISCO: Salesforce has teamed with HP to create a new Superpod cloud service for enterprise customers.
The Superpod collaboration was unveiled by Salesforce chief executive Marc Benioff at Dreamforce 2013. Benioff said the Superpod is a bespoke service, designed "for Salesforce's largest and most important customers".
The Superpod will integrate Salesforce's multi-tenant cloud services into HP's Converged Infrastructure for enterprise data centers. Benioff said the collaboration is based on feedback from enterprise customers.
"We're a customer-focused company and we've listened to them about what they want. This is an opportunity for every customer. This is because there is always a situation where a customer may want a single instance of Salesforce software," explained Benioff.
"We've taken HP's Converged Infrastructure and put it together with our software to create a Superpod in the data centre."
HP chief executive Meg Whitman mirrored Benioff's sentiment, claiming: "We are a customer-obsessed, customer-focused company and we're super excited about this."
Salesforce co-founder Parker Harris said the service will offer enterprise customers all the same services and powers as its main cloud, but with the added security and data centre management expertise of HP.
"There is no difference engineering-wise, other than it's powered by HP and we're leveraging some of their expertise. Some of our biggest customers in the world have said they could use this," he said.
The exact details on pricing and when the Superpod will be available is unknown. Salesforce declined a request for clarification during a press session attended by V3.
The Superpod's announcement follows the launch of Salesforce's new Salesforce1 cloud platform. Salesforce1 is a mobile-focused upgrade to Salesforce's older cloud platform, which was designed to help businesses embrace the Internet of Things movement.
Primary upgrades include new application programming interface (API) support, an improved AppExchange and an admin smartphone app.
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