Will the Salesforce Superpod Change the Cloud?

Salesforce made a huge splash yesterday with the unveiling of its new mobile platform Salesforce1, but thatEUs hardly the only big news to come out of Dreamforce this week. The CRM company has also inked a strategic cloud computing partnership that could pay dividends in the years ahead.

Salesforce.com and HP plan to create the new Salesforce Superpod, a dedicated instance in the Salesforce multi-tenant cloud, running on HPEUs Converged Infrastructure. Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, Salesforce.com, called the partnership a breakthrough in cloud computing.

EUThe Salesforce Superpod will allow individual customers to have a dedicated instance in the Salesforce multi-tenant cloud, powered by HPEUs technology and fully managed within Salesforce.comEUs world-class data centers,EU Benioff said.

HPEUs Big Win

The companies plan to jointly develop and market the Salesforce Superpod to the worldEUs largest enterprises. HP intends to be the first customer to be deployed on a Salesforce Superpod. The Salesforce Superpod will be available for an additional fee to Salesforce.com's largest customers.

Meg Whitman, president and CEO at HP, said trends like cloud, mobility and big data are creating a EUnew style of ITEU and transforming what enterprise customers expect and need from technology.

EUIEUm excited to have HP and Salesforce.com work together to help customers tackle these exciting challenges,EU said Whitman. EUBy jointly developing and using each otherEUs technology, the Salesforce Superpod will deliver the highest standard in performance, reliability and management.EU

What Does This Mean for Salesforce?

We asked Brad Shimmin, a principal analyst at Current Analysis, who is at Dreamforce, for his take on the partnership. He told us he doesnEUt think the deal puts Salesforce in the hardware business -- at least not yet.

EUItEUs an advantageous partnership that probably makes it more affordable and better business for Salesforce to do something itEUs been wanting to do for a long time -- provide...

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