Customers in many Digital Realty data centers will have faster access to Salesforce through direct, private network connections, the companies said today. The partnership provides improved access to the Salesforce Lightning Platform for enterprise cloud customers in 15 Digital Realty facilities around the globe.
The expansion follows similar moves by Digital Realty to improve connectivity to enterprise offerings from the Oracle cloud and IBM cloud services. Creating more on-ramps to cloud computing platforms is a priority for data center operators, as it gives cloud providers access to a larger pool of the enterprise customers that represent some of their best prospects, while adding cloud options to Digital Realty facilities.
Today’s announcement expands secure access to applications in the Salesforce Lightning Platform through Digital Realty’s Service Exchange, a software-defined networking (SDN) technology that enables users to manage physical and virtual connections through a single port. The Lightning platform is a collection of software tools that provide companies with enhanced access to the Salesforce suite of customer management and AI tools.
“Direct connections to Salesforce through Service Exchange give enterprises the confidence they need to expand their deployment quickly and cost-effectively with the knowledge that application performance will improve significantly with reduced risk of service interruptions,” said Chris Sharp, Digital Realty Chief Technical Officer. “Global enterprises increasingly turn to Digital Realty to enable their own rapid expansion, and we are committed to continuing to innovate to meet their interconnection needs.”
Layer 3 access to Salesforce is available immediately in Digital Realty facilities in Amsterdam, Ashburn, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Frankfurt, Dallas, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle.
Digital Realty has often touted the presence of cloud providers on its “connected campuses” as an opportunity for tenants to create low-latency links to cloud platforms.