Microsoft Expands its Azure Cloud Hosting Platform Into China

Microsoft Azure public cloud hosting services are now ready for commercial release in China.  Operated by 21Vianet, the Microsoft Azure platform can now provide fully-operational service to all paid customers in China.

microsoft-azure-chinaPrior to this announcement, a total of over 3,000 clients would have signed up for the China-based Azure cloud hosting services, including more than 160 enterprises that have migrated to paid contracts. Now, the partnership is releasing another 2,000 free trial accounts to provide opportunities for more users to experience Microsoft Azure operated by 21Vianet.

“The Microsoft Azure platform is in full compliance with Chinese national and local regulations, which have stringent standards for data security,” said Mr. Josh Chen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of 21Vianet. “Together with Microsoft, we invested heavily in both financial capital and manpower to ensure that our customers in China will receive the same top-notch quality as global Azure customers. The platform’s openness, flexibility and pay-as-you-go system makes Microsoft Azure an ideal cloud solution for our Chinese customers.”

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“As a result of the successful relationship with 21Vianet and the positive feedback from our cloud hosting customers, it’s clear that Microsoft Azure has exceeded earlier expectations,” said Ralph Haupter, corporate vice president and CEO for Microsoft Greater China. “Azure’s enterprise-grade benefits such as flexibility, reliability, scalability, openness, cost efficiency and fast deployment were well received by Chinese customers.”

21Vianet Group, Inc. is one of the largest carrier-neutral internet data center services providers in China. The company owns and operates an extensive fiber optic network and has a presence in 44 cities throughout China.