Salesforce CEO Claims ‘UK is way behind’ in Cloud Adoption

Cloud based services provider Salesforce has claimed that the UK government is slow in adopting the public cloud.

Speaking during the Cloudforce event in London, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said that compared to US government, the UK was slow to adopt the public cloud.

He also chastised the UK government for hiding behind its own private cloud and refusing to move to the public cloud, like the US government had done.

Benioff met with Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude and two discussed the government’s G-Cloud and its overall IT strategy.

“The UK government needs to get aggressive about Cloud services. The UK is way behind in this – and way too much into virtualisation and the G-Cloud, which is a big virtual machine that has not been executed well. Too much cost has gone into running too many data centres,” Benioff said.

“It’s all about cost reduction. The US has 3500 data centres with single digit utlilisation rates. It’s the same in the UK – single digit utilisation. That is not OK. It’s costing them a fortune,” he added, stressing the importance of cloud computing in the public sector.

Benioff also announced that the company will open its first data center in the UK next year and revealed that it was already in talks with 4 vendors.