Salesforce has opened its first European data centre, located in the UK. It is the first of three planned for Europe to support the company’s growing customer base in the region.

Salesforce’s UK data centre is powered by 100 percent renewable energy sources, supporting the company’s sustainability goals. “The opening of Salesforce’s first European data centre underscores our commitment to customers and partners in the UK,” said Andrew Lawson, Salesforce SVP for the UK and Ireland.

He said the data centre would better support the adoption of cloud, social and mobile technologies among customers. Having a data centre closer to customers reduces the risk of network latency when accessing data.

Salesforce also plans to open data centres in France and Germany in 2015 to further support adoption of the company’s cloud computing services. In addition to the new data centres, Salesforce has previously announced new headquarter offices in France and the UK, expansion for its German presence with a new office in Berlin, and more than 500 new jobs across Europe during its fiscal year 2015.

HP also recently announced new European data centre capacity (http://www.computerworlduk.com/news/cloud-computing/3581312/hp-enhances-data-backup-in-cloud-with-new-helion-draas-offering/) and Teradata is planning new European data centres to support its cloud services.

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