On the heels of its Q3 FY2014 earnings, Salesforce announced it has formed a strategic partnership with computer equipment manufacturer HP. Through this agreement, the two companies will create whatâs being called the Salesforce Superpod, which will be a dedicated instance of Salesforceâs âmulti-tenant cloud running on HPâs Converged infrastructure.â
Salesforceâs Superpod product appears to be a move to improve the quality of its CRM product through the use of HPâs enterprise servers. During its quarterly earnings call, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff spoke about the arrangement, saying that it will give its largest customers the choice of the speed and performance of Salesforce while running on HPâs hardware.
In a statement, HPâs President and CEO Meg Whitman said:
Trends like cloud, mobility and big data are creating a âNew Style of ITâ and transforming what enterprise customers expect and need from technology. Iâm excited to have HP and salesforce.com work together to help customers tackle these exciting challenges.
By jointly developing and using each otherâs technology, the Salesforce Superpod will deliver the highest standard in performance, reliability and management. HP intends to be the first customer of the Salesforce Superpod.
The new product will be available for an additional fee to Salesforceâs enterprise customers, but it hasnât revealed what that price will be.
Both Whitman and Benioff will be attending the Dreamforce conference this week and better address this partnership on stage on Tuesday.
Todayâs partnership is Salesforceâs second major announcement as the company holds its annual customer conference in San Francisco. Earlier, it unveiled its Salesforce1 platform that merges social, mobile, and cloud computing technology into one to help developers and its customer companies to build better relationships with customers.
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