US-based software vendor Salesforce has chosen the Paris Region for its third European data center.

Salesforce, the cloud-based Customer Relationship Management (CRM) specialist from San Francisco, launched its new data center on June 23 in Paris.

France is one of Salesforce’s top eight markets. According to research firm IDC, the Salesforce cloud universe should create 12,700 direct jobs and 21,500 indirect jobs in France from 2015 to 2018. In the long term, the group plans to invest more than €1 billion in France over the next five years.

Supporting growth in France and in Europe

“Our project to establish a presence in Paris was initiated in 2014 by Marc Benioff, CEO and co-founder of Salesforce,” said Guillaume Roques, Vice President for Marketing EMEA. “We made this choice for two reasons: to support our growth in France and Europe, and to enable our customers to host their data locally in France.” 

Salesforce, headquartered in California, opened the data center in Paris as part of a strategic partnership with Interxion, a data center service provider. The latter will handle the infrastructure, ensure the physical security of premises and guarantee the computing power of servers, which are operated directly by Salesforce. The new data center’s energy supply is from 100% renewable sources.

Already serving numerous Paris Region customers

“Salesforce has built its growth on small businesses. Today, our customers include both traditional companies like France Fenêtres, startups such as Leetchi and LaFourchette, and large groups including Schneider Electric,” said Roques. This means that the new infrastructure is ready to serve any Paris Region business.

Originally published by Jean-Michel Petit in Succeed in Paris Region.