Salesforce to host sales tools on Amazon public cloud

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Next year, Salesforce customers will be able to access the company’s main sales tools via the Amazon Web Services (AWS)  public cloud infrastructure in Canada.

Salesforce to host sales tools on Amazon public cloudThe companies made the announcement earlier this month. Expected to be generally available in mid-2017, the sales tools include Sales Cloud, Services Cloud and Analytics Cloud.

The partnership was made public earlier this year when Salesforce selected AWS as its “preferred public cloud infrastructure provider.” Offering sales tools on a public cloud allows Salesforce to expand its reach and utilize the myriad data centers Amazon has across the globe (as opposed to Salesforce increasing its own data center infrastructure).

While the sales tools will only be available on AWS in Canada, others are expected to follow. Salesforce also announced other integrations with the AWS platform. Here are the highlights.

3 Amazon integrations with Salesforce sales tools

  • Amazon AppStream 2.0: This application streaming service allows customers to stream desktop apps from AWS to any device with a web browser. The app will be made available as a Lightning Component on the Salesforce AppExchange and enable customers to seamlessly integrate streaming applications from Amazon’s cloud right inside Salesforce.
  • Amazon Redshift: Customers will be able to seamlessly analyze large datasets with a connector between Salesforce Wave Analytics and Amazon Redshift, a petabyte-scale data warehouse service.
  • AWS IoT: The AWS IoT cloud platform enables connected devices to easily interact with cloud applications and other devices. Connecting the AWS platform with Salesforce IoT will combine device data with customer data from Salesforce, enabling powerful insights from real-time activity data across connected devices.

The Amazon AppStream 2.0 integration will be available next year, along with the Amazon Redshift connector. The IoT integration is currently available in preview, but the full release isn’t scheduled until 2017. Pricing for all three will be announced when they become generally available.

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