In order to meet China’s growing market demand for global public cloud services, Microsoft will bring a new Azure Region to North China in 2022. Microsoft will establish the new Azure cloud region through its local operating partner, 21Vianet.
The Azure expansion is expected to double the capacity of Microsoft’s intelligent cloud portfolio in China in the coming years. Their cloud services to be delivered in North China include Azure, Microsoft Office 365, Dynamics 365, and Power Platform.
In China, Microsoft has been collaborating with 21Vianet to run all their cloud services since 2014. Operated by 21Vianet, Microsoft initially launched in March 2014 with two initial regions. Following Azure, Microsoft Office 365, Dynamics 365, and Power Platform operated by 21Vianet successively launched in China in 2014, 2019, and 2020.
With over 90 compliance certifications globally, Microsoft’s cloud platform meets a broad range of industry and regulatory standards in China, Europe, the US, and in many other global markets.
Azure Operated by 21Vianet
“This unveils a big opportunity. Microsoft Cloud operated by 21Vianet was the first international public cloud compliantly launched in China through a local operating partner,” said Alain Crozier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft Greater China Region (GCR). “Our intelligent, trustworthy, and neutral cloud platform has been empowering hundreds of thousands of developers, partners, and customers from both China and the world to achieve more with technical innovation and business transformation. The upcoming region will reinforce the capabilities to help further nurture local talents, stimulate local innovation, grow local technology ecosystems, and empower businesses in a wide range of industries to achieve more.”
In accordance with Chinese regulatory requirements, Azure regions operated by 21Vianet in China are physically separated instances from Microsoft’s global cloud. These are built on the same cloud technical base as its global peers though. A consistent architecture across China and global markets would make it “easy, efficient, and secure” for multinational companies to transplant their IT systems and business applications to China or vice versa.