Salesforce Aussie datacentre: but when?

Salesforce.com chief Marc Benioff is keen to get in on Australia's datacentre boom, but the company's local head of enterprise sales has said there's no rush.

Salesforce.com chief Marc Benioff is keen to get in on Australia's datacentre boom, but the company's local head of enterprise sales has said there's no rush.

In an interview with The AustralianIT, the Salesforce.com chief said that the company is currently looking at where its Australian datacentre is going to be situated.

"It's not an if for us, it's a when," Benioff was reported as saying.

Yet in a statement released later, Tony Armfield, vice president Enterprise Sales for Salesforce.com in Australia/New Zealand, didn't seem quite as keen, instead saying that the local Salesforce.com business is currently successful without a local datacentre.

"Marc said it is a matter of when, not if. Frankly, it hasn't been a barrier. For the last seven years, we have delivered success to local customers … from our global datacentre network," Armfield said.

Salesforce.com joins other big tech names talking about establishing a datacentre in country, including HP, Dell and NextDC. Enterprise Data Corporation also got in on the datacentre action this week, saying that it plans to pour an extra $350 million into datacentre expansion plans, which will see its capacity almost double upon completion from 12,000 square metres to 23,000.