Japan Data Center Planned for Salesforce

In early December, Salesforce.com announced plans for its second Japan data center. The facility comes as part of the company's global expansion initiative and will help provide resources to help meet growing demands for cloud services in the Asia-Pacific region.

Salesforce opened its first Japan data center in the fall of 2011. The company also operates a Singapore data center. The new Japanese facility will be opened during the first half of 2015.

Although a partnering provider has yet to be announced, Salesforce leveraged the services of NTT Communications for its first Japan data center. The company also utilizes Equinix services on a global scale.

Salesforce hopes its second Japan data center will help further support its Software-as-a-Service offerings in the Asia-Pacific marketplace. Currently, there is considerable competition in the region, including from firms like SAP, IBM and Oracle.

However, as Salesforce recently announced its newest high-profile customer – Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs – the company looks to be on the right track for success in the area. 

"Salesforce continues to invest in Japan," said Shinichi Koide, Salesforce Japan chairman and CEO. "Our second data center, our investments in tech companies and our foundation work will enable us to continue to build trust with our customers and partners in Japan."

Salesforce has also been expanding its service footprint in Europe recently, announcing plans for a new France data center and a Germany data center. The company also opened a U.K. data center as well as a Canada data center this year. Thanks to these investments in its expansion, Salesforce saw 29.4 percent growth in the North and South American marketplace, as well as a 29.8 percent increase in Europe and a 21.2 percent rise in Asia.

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