Microsoft and 21Vianet today announced that they are extending their partnership to deliver world-class public cloud services to Chinese customers. Announced in 2013 and officially launched in March 2014, Microsoft Azure operated by 21Vianet is one of the first international public cloud services in China. It already has several customers including Xiaomi, Haier, Lenovo, Huawei and many others. 21Vianet started offering Office 365 in China in April 2014 and now it the No.1 service in China’s SaaS market. Huawei, Tencent, and Pactera are all using Office 365 operated by 21Vianet for their productivity and communication needs.
As the demand for cloud services is skyrocketing in the China market, Microsoft and 21Vianet are in the process of expanding their capacity. In fact, they will triple its capacity in China in the first half of 2018.
Josh Chen, 21Vianet Founder and Chairman said, “The fruitful collaboration between 21Vianet and Microsoft to introduce Azure and Office 365 to China has been well proven by our business success over the last four years. 21Vianet has been recognized as a reliable local operator with whom to run network, data center, and cloud services. Together with Microsoft, we are providing world-leading, qualified, trustworthy, and intelligent cloud services to Chinese customers. With our agreement now extended, we will continue to invest more in providing ever-evolving cloud services to our mutual customers.”
Alain Crozier, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Chairman and CEO of Greater China Region, said, “Digital transformation powered by technological innovation is unveiling significant opportunities for businesses in every industry. China, with its clear strategy of innovation-driven development, possesses unique strengths that will allow it to win with the new industrial revolution. With years of successful operations behind us, we are confident of our strong partnership with 21Vianet and of the unique business model we have created. We believe in the long-term potential of the China market, which is why we want to reconfirm our commitment and are extending our agreement with 21Vianet.”