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Salesforce.com picks AWS for major migration

The stepped up partnership with Salesforce is just the latest major deal for Amazon's $10bn cloud business.
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Written by Stephanie Condon, Senior Writer on

Salesforce.com is turning to Amazon Web Services to host its core services as it implements a major international infrastructure expansion, Amazon announced today.

That means Salesforce services like Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, App Cloud, Community Cloud, Analytics Cloud and others will run on AWS infrastructure. Just two weeks ago, Salesforce announced it would use AWS to build its Internet of Things cloud. Additionally, the CRM company already uses AWS for services like Heroku, Marketing Cloud Social Studio and SalesforceIQ.

All told, Salesforce is spending $400 million on AWS services over the next four years, unnamed sources told Fortune.

"There is no public cloud infrastructure provider that is more sophisticated or has more robust enterprise capabilities for supporting the needs of our growing global customer base," Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said in a statement.

The stepped up partnership with Salesforce is just the latest major deal for Amazon's $10bn cloud business. AWS continues to dominate cloud computing, even as companies like Apple and Dropbox try to diversify their cloud infrastructure. Diane Greene, Google's senior vice president of cloud, recently said that clients already using Amazon Web Services are "coming to us," recognizing that Google is "enterprise ready." Still, she said that doesn't mean they're abandoning AWS. She said she was surprised at "how much the Fortune 1,000 wants to have a dual approach to the cloud... to have two cloud vendors."

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