Salesforce Moving Much of Its Functionality to AWS
Is Salesforce, which does all its business in the cloud, in the process of moving all of its own core business processes to that same public cloud?
It's too early to tell at this point, because the world's largest and most successful sales and marketing cloud services provider still uses its own servers and storage in data centers for most of all that big data processing.
But the company's new reported four-year, $400 million deal, announced May 25—which offloads a big chunk of its international workloads to Amazon Web Services—could be a harbinger of things to come.
Salesforce has been running its Heroku development platform as a service (PaaS) on AWS for several years, although it wasn't widely known until recently. The new sales deal with AWS is evidence that Salesforce is tightening its ties with Amazon and an indicator that more deals like it might be in the offing.
AWS wins another round in the fight for big data business against Oracle, IBM SoftLayer, HPE and a long list of other technology competitors.
Several Core Services Leaving the Salesforce Data Center
Salesforce will use AWS for core services that include Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, App Cloud, Community Cloud and Analytics Cloud as part of the company's planned international infrastructure expansion, according to Salesforce.