21Vianet Group, a carrier-neutral Internet data center services provider in China that also joined forces with IBM to bring IBM Bluemix to China, has signed a five-and-half-year cloud, data center, hosting, and managed services contract with BMW, one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers.

By leveraging its “strong expertise and technology advantages” in data center and cloud computing, 21Vianet, along with Shanghai Connext Information Technology, will provide a “cutting-edge” turnkey solution to BMW, which includes hosting, equipment and management services, as well as private and hybrid cloud services, to support BMW’s strong capacity needs in China.

“We are delighted to be BMW’s preferred service provider in data center and cloud computing,” said Mr. Steve Zhang, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of 21Vianet Group. “This is a strong testament of our capability to provide high-performance data center services and superior operational standards to our clients. With the ever-growing demands for data center and cloud computing services driven by the high growth in internet traffic in China, we see great potentials going forward to further expand our customer base and solidify our position as a leading internet data center services provider in China.”

21Vianet Group operates in more than 30 cities throughout China, servicing a diversified base of more than 4,000 hosting enterprise customers that span numerous industries ranging from Internet companies to government entities and blue-chip enterprises to small- to mid-sized enterprises.

Furlow consulting