Oct 5 U.S.-based cloud computing firm
Salesforce.com (CRM.N) is taking steps to broaden its
operations in Japan, the Nikkei business daily reported.
Salesforce.com plans to set up its first Japanese data
center and buy more than 5 percent stake in software developer
Synergy Marketing Inc 3859.OJ for 100-200 million yen
($1.20-$2.40 million) in order to boost its annual sales to 100
billion yen, the paper said.
The company, which now generates under 10 billion yen a
year from its cloud computing services in Japan, has decided to
lease one floor of a data center in Tokyo from NTT
Communications Corp where it will station several hundred
high-performance computers and begin operations in 2011, the
Salesforce.com has a global customer base of 82,400
companies, including 3,000 Japanese firms, which are serviced
from data centers in the U.S. and Singapore, the daily said.
Synergy Marketing will conduct several rounds of
third-party share allocations to increase its capital starting
October, the business daily said.
From January, Synergy Marketing will develop and sell new
products that integrate the features of the software provided
by both the firms, which will enable Salesforce.com to offer
cloud-computing services covering everything from customer
development to business management, the Nikkei said.
(Reporting by Soham Chatterjee in Bangalore; Editing by Vyas