Salesforce announced in September they will be partnering with Interxion to open three new facilities including a France data center, a London data center and a Germany data center.
There is an increasing need from European countries for local data centers to host citizens' information, driving the creation of facilities on the continent. In fact, European CIOs have listed the sovereignty of their data as one of the biggest reasons they won't use public cloud services like Salesforce. This has encouraged the company to start building in Europe.
The London data center is set to open in the fall of 2014, with the France and the Germany facilities set to open next year. The France data center will be built with data center sustainability in mind, using 100 percent renewable energy sources as well as green building practices and efficient cooling techniques.
The partnership between the two companies will help to ignite plans by Salesforce to increase the firm's strategic investments in the French market, which Salesforce believes will play an important role in their global strategy in the coming years. The company has been doing well in Europe, recently delivering 42 percent growth year over year, and is hoping to continue that momentum.
Earlier this year, Salesforce introduced an expanded version of their SalesforceWear cloud platform in an effort to cater to a variety of new wearable devices used in the enterprise. This enhanced cloud initiative is sure to drive need and increase the company's use and creation of facilities in the coming years.