NetSuite has announced plans to open data centres in Dublin and Amsterdam, expanding its scope to offer retail and finance cloud tools directly from Europe.
NetSuite has had a customer base in Europe for some time, but the data centres mark the first time that it has brought a cloud footprint directly to the continent.
Chief executive Zach Nelson said the data centres represented NetSuite's pledge to pursue more customers in the EU while adhering to EU data regulations.
"Our data centres in Amsterdam and Ireland are proof of our continued strong commitment to our European customers," he said.
"Today's news is a key part of our ongoing plan to bring more resources, focus and investment to our European customers in the form of additional capacity, security and compliance with local data regulations."
NetSuite said that the two new data centres will be energy efficient through the use of multi-tenant technology and 100 percent powered by renewable energy when they become operational this year.
Nelson had already told V3 in November 2014 that two European data centres were on the cards for 2015 but their locations were not confirmed at the time.
However, in May the company denied any pressing need for a physical presence in Europe to address concerns over stringent European Union (EU) data regulations and sovereignty.
"We're not that worried about the compliance environment," Nelson said at the time.
But with the company touting its new data centres as a means for companies to store their business data in European locations, it would appear that EU regulations are influencing NetSuite's strategy more than expected
The news of the two new data centres is timely given that the EU Court of Justice has just declared the EU-US Safe Harbour framework invalid, thereby preventing the transfer of data from EU data centres to those in the US.
The addition of a physical presence in Europe could see NetSuite gain more UK customers running e-commerce operations, such as clothing brand Fat Face.
NetSuite is tweaking its cloud-first strategy at a infrastructure level as well, having recently spurned Amazon Web Services for Microsoft Azure as its public cloud platform.
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