Salesforce Lands $28M GSA-Wide Cloud Contract
Deal marks gains for public cloud by feds
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The government’s use of public cloud services got a boost this summer with the General Services Administration decision to sign a $28.1 million enterprise license agreement with Salesforce.com.
The five-year deal covers Salesforce’s customer relationship management modules, Force.com development platform and Chatter collaboration suite and can be used by GSA’s 17,000 employees, GSA and Salesforce officials said.
For Dan Burton, Salesforce’s senior vice president for global public sector, the deal is significant for several reasons, particularly because it is a public cloud license.
“With a public cloud you don’t have to buy infrastructure, you can scale up or down, you can move with speed and you gain energy efficiencies,” he said. “You don’t get those benefits with a private cloud.”
GSA’s decision is a vote of confidence in both the security and value of the public cloud, Burton said.
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