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Microsoft and 21Vianet have agreed to extend their partnership to provide world-class public cloud services to Chinese customers. Combining Microsoft’s global technological leadership and 21Vianet’s local operations expertise, Microsoft Azure and Office 365 operated by 21Vianet have achieved unprecedented, robust three-digit growth for nearly four consecutive years in China. This breakthrough cooperation model pioneered by Microsoft and 21Vianet has been recognized as an effective and successful method for a legal and compliant operation of international cloud services in China.
Announced in 2013 and officially launched in March 2014, Microsoft was the first international public cloud provider to bring its cloud technology to China in partnership with 21Vianet. Customers and partners range from established Chinese brands such as Haier, Lenovo, and Huawei to emerging powerhouses such as smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi, bike-share company Mobike, automobile manufacturer BYD, world-leading sporting goods company Amer Sports and Arcplus Data & Innovation Technology, an integrated solutions provider for construction engineering industry.
Office 365 operated by 21Vianet was launched in China in April 2014 and now ranks # 1 in China’s SaaS market. Huawei, Tencent, and Pactera currently use Office 365 operated by 21Vianet to empower their employees and optimize their daily business operations.
Microsoft Azure and Office 365 operated by 21Vianet have received 10 trusted cloud certifications, including cloud hosts, cloud storage, databases, cloud engines, network load balancing, enterprise-class e-mail, file sharing, online meeting, cloud backup and hybrid cloud, making 21Vianet the cloud service provider with the most trusted cloud certifications in China. In 2017, Microsoft Azure operated by 21Vianet, passed the industry's first “Hybrid Cloud Solution Assessment” and was awarded the only “Trusted Cloud Technology Innovation Award-Hybrid Cloud Award” by the Trusted Cloud Conference. In accordance with the latest regulatory requirement on cloud services, 21Vianet, as the operator, obtained the newly required Internet Resource Collaboration Service (IRCS) license in August 2017, which ensures the compliance of its cloud services in China.
With a growth mindset and strong confidence in the China market, Microsoft and 21Vianet are in the process of expanding their capacity. As Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced at the Microsoft Tech Summit 2017 in November, Microsoft Azure operated by 21Vianet will triple its capacity in China in the first half of 2018. Azure’s enlarged capacity will provide increased flexibility and wider access to cutting-edge Azure cloud services. It will also make it easier for multinational companies to meet the needs of Chinese customers through the scale, power, and secure infrastructure of the Azure cloud.
For more information about Azure services in China, please visit the official site of Microsoft Azure operated by 21Vianet: www.azure.cn.