Salesforce opens first European data center in UK has taken the wraps off its first EU-sited data center in Slough, England, little more than a week after Amazon opened up its second European facility in Frankfurt. The SaaS CRM giant will also open two data centers in France and Germany next year, with all three being powered by renewable energy sources. Apart from offering lower latency to European businesses, going local in the EU also makes life easier from a compliance point of view – sensitive customer information, for example, should ideally stay within European borders, or even national borders when it comes to countries like Germany that have strict data protection regimes.