Written by Denis Pombraint of Beagle Research this development might be a watershed moment for public cloud and salesforce.

Beagle Research Group, LLC

I was surprised by the Salesforce.com announcement coming out of the company’s road show, Cloudforce Washington this week.  In the nation’s capital the company announced Government Cloud, which is just what you’d think it is if you’d been following Salesforce at all.

Beginning this summer, the company plans to deploy a secure and separate infrastructure to support cloud based applications for state and federal governments.  It will also open a new application store in the cloud just for government apps vendors and their Force.com wares — AppExchange for Government.

The announcement came and went on an average news day while I was in San Francisco attending SugarCon, the SugarCRM user meeting.  That surprised me because the implication, if I am understanding the announcement correctly, is that for the very first time, Salesforce is cleaving its service into two parts more or less.  Potentially that means separate and equal secure servers…

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