Cloud computing services provider Salesforce.com has announced plans to open three European data centres in a move that will create 500 new jobs.
The UK, France and Germany will see new data facilities in what the company claims is a response to strong revenue growth of 41% in the region.
Plans for a British infrastructure hub were originally announced last year, but the firm has now confirmed this will be opening in August 2014 with the French and German sites opening in 2015.
“Cloud computing is at the heart of growth and innovation in Europe,” said Miguel Milano, EMEA president for the company.
“Our tremendous growth and customer momentum is why Salesforce.com is significantly increasing its investment in Europe,” he added.
The move has been welcomed by Stephen Kelly, chief operating officer for UK government, who claimed UK has a growing reputation as the leader in the European digital economy.
“Within the UK government we are driving a policy of ‘Cloud First’ to improve the way the public sector manages crucial functions, engages with citizens and deliver value for taxpayers,” he said.
While the company claims its plans to open European data centres are part of its commitments to the continent, there has been speculation it is attempting to reassure customers concerned about their privacy amid the NSA spying revelations.
However, the UK press reports that Salesforce.com has denied this as its motivation.
Despite this, the firm may avoid a drop in sales by making sure overseas companies can avoid storing their data in the US, as some UK companies have claimed they’ve seen an increase in sales since the spying scandal came to light.