For those of you who follow the CRM space, last week provided for some real drama. Here’s a quick recap courtesy of TechCrunch
Oct 4: Larry Ellison Cancels Marc Benioff’s Keynote at Oracle’s OpenWorld
Oct 5: After A Cancelled Keynote, Benioff Strikes Back; Talks Future Of The Cloud
Oct 6: Ellison Reveals Oracle’s Public Cloud; Calls Salesforce The ‘Roach Motel’ Of Cloud Services
I don’t want to dwell on this cloud spat, but the one thing I do want to talk about is one of the points that Larry Ellison raises. He warned customers: “Beware of false clouds“, and further goes on to state that salesforce.com “is a proprietary cloud, the ultimate vendor lock-in”. It really delights me to see that Larry Ellison is now saying what we’ve been saying all along. Salesforce.com is not cloud computing. Salesforce.com is a 10 year old multi-tenant hosting technology.
True cloud computing allows customers to freely move their data between different clouds;
True cloud computing gives customers the choice where they want to deploy their CRM instance;
True cloud computing is open;
SugarCRM is the only CRM solution in the market today that is truly build for the cloud.
On Oct 12, we announced added support for IBM SmartCloud Enterprise to the set of public clouds that customers can deploy Sugar on. In addition to the IBM SmartCloud, Sugar runs on Amazon EC2, Rackspace Cloud and Windows Azure. Customers can also choose to deploy Sugar in the Sugar Cloud, in one of our partner clouds or in their own private cloud. To learn more about the benefits of REAL cloud computing, take a look at the following: