Salesforce has opened its first UK data centre as part of a move to open new sites across Europe. The new facility will be powered entirely by renewable energy.
Salesforce announced its intention in March to open a series of data centres in Europe, in line with several other cloud vendors attempting to provide overseas customers with the reassurance that their data will remain in the EU.
Andrew Lawson, Salesforce vice president for UK and Ireland, said that the new site is a notable step for the company, helping it to keep pace with strong demand for cloud services in the UK and Europe.
“The opening of Salesforce’s first European data centre underscores our commitment to customers and partners in the UK,” he said.
“The new data centre will support the unprecedented growth we’ve seen in the region, and further accelerates the adoption of cloud, social and mobile technologies, empowering UK companies to connect with their customers in a whole new way."
The data centre is located in Slough. The other locations will open in France and Germany in 2015.
Rackspace opened a new data centre in the UK earlier this year, as numerous tech companies look to expand their presence into other markets to reassure customers that data will remain in their home market.
However, the cloud market faces some major challenges ahead as the US government pursues a case against Microsoft seeking to access data from its servers in Ireland.
A win for the government would set a precedent that could seriously harm US cloud firms by making it impossible to guarantee that data cannot be accessed by the authorities regardless of where it is stored.
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