Salesforce IoT Cloud Uses AWS to Support its “Uncontrolled Exponential Growth”

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has added a potentially huge infrastructure client in Salesforce’s Internet of Things (IoT) Cloud, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. Salesforce’s IoT Cloud, which was announced in September, utilizes the Salesforce Thunder processing engine, and partnerships with ARM, Etherios, Informatica, PTC ThingWorx, and Xively LogMeln.

Salesforce IoT Cloud executive vice president Adam Bosworth told the WSJ that his company chose to use AWS’ infrastructure because the “uncontrolled exponential growth” of the service meant it “had to have the safety valve of a public cloud or public clouds to do what we were doing.” He also said that the Salesforce IoT Cloud is designed to run on any public cloud, and on its own servers, and he anticipates a mix to satisfy customers who want to keep data in Salesforce’s own data centers.

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The decision to use public cloud along with its own data centers represents something of a departure for Salesforce. The cloud PaaS of Salesforce’s subsidiary Heroku is based on AWS, but most Salesforce core services are run out of the company’s data centers.

The Salesforce IoT Cloud has been in beta testing for select customers since it was announced, and Bosworth told the WSJ that it will launch in the second half of 2016.

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At the time of the announcement, Salesforce chairman and CEO Mark Benioff said: “Salesforce is turning the Internet of Things into the Internet of Customers. The IoT Cloud will allow businesses to create real-time 1:1, proactive actions for sales, service, marketing or any other business process, delivering a new kind of customer success.”

As the largest public cloud vendor, AWS offers a managed IoT cloud platform supported by tools like the recently announced Bsquare IoT developer software stack.

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