Salesforce has settled on Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred cloud infrastructure provider, and will move some of its core services onto a public cloud platform for the first time as part of a planned international expansion.
Salesforce, currently the largest provider of customer relationship management software worldwide, already uses the AWS platform to deliver some services, including the Heroku platform-as-a-service, SalesforceIQ and the recently announced Salesforce IoT Cloud.
The firm has now announced plans to increase its use of AWS as part of an expansion programme that will see some core services, such as Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, App Cloud and Analytics Cloud, migrated to the Amazon platform.
The move is expected to enable Salesforce to bring new infrastructure online more quickly and efficiently as the firm expands to serve more international markets, and can be seen as yet another endorsement of Amazon's ability to serve the hosting requirements of even large enterprise software vendors.
Salesforce chief executive Marc Benioff praised AWS, and indicated his excitement in expanding his company's strategic relationship with the cloud service provider.
"There is no public cloud infrastructure provider that is more sophisticated or has more robust enterprise capabilities for supporting the needs of our growing global customer base," he said.
AWS chief executive Andy Jassy was keen to capitalise on the Salesforce endorsement. "Leading enterprises and ISVs around the world are migrating their business-critical applications to the AWS Cloud to be more agile and efficient, reduce costs and take advantage of the security, reliability and broad functionality we offer," he said.
"Companies rely on Salesforce to transform their businesses, and we are thrilled that Salesforce has chosen AWS as its public cloud infrastructure partner, helping it continue to scale, add new services and maintain its incredible momentum."
However, Salesforce will continue to invest in its own data centres, so the firm is not moving its entire infrastructure to the public cloud.
Salesforce suffered a partial outage in one of its European instances earlier this year caused by problems in its storage layer. The incident caused a lengthy disruption to services for some customers in the region.
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