Microsoft Office 365 and Windows Azure Come to China
Partnering With Shanghai Municipal Government and 21Vianet to Offer Microsoft
Office 365 and Windows Azure Services Throughout China
SHANGHAI, China, Nov. 1, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Microsoft Corporation
(Nasdaq:MSFT) ("Microsoft"), 21Vianet Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:VNET) ("21Vianet")
and the Shanghai Municipal Government, announced today that they have signed a
strategic partnership agreement to expand Microsoft's premier commercial cloud
services—Office 365 and Windows Azure—into China. Mr. Baojun Ai, Member of the
Standing Committee of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee, deputy mayor of
Shanghai; Mr. Ralph Haupter, Corporate Vice President, Chairman and CEO of
Microsoft Greater China Region, and Mr. Josh Chen, Chairman and CEO of
21Vianet attended the signing ceremony to celebrate the milestone.
Mr. Josh Chen, Chairman and CEO of 21Vianet stated: "We are proud to partner
with a world technology leader and become the Chinese provider for Office 365
and Windows Azure services in China. We believe that this commercial cloud
platform will bring Chinese enterprises unprecedented operational efficiency
and flexibility. By leveraging Microsoft's strong brand reputation and over 15
years of cloud experience, as well as 21Vianet's data center expertise, we aim
to build one of China's premier cloud computing platforms."
In China, this new partnership will meet the requirements of customers by
delivering Office 365 in two ways:
oServices operated by 21Vianet in China. 21Vianet will operate and offer
Office 365 and Windows Azure services in China. In addition, Microsoft has
signed a memorandum with the municipality of Shanghai, where 21Vianet is
locating a major datacenter for these services. This option will provide a
consistent Office 365 experience while meeting the demands of customers
who prefer to use online services provided by a local company that stores
their data within China. These services will be subject to Chinese laws.
oServices operated by Microsoft. For Chinese customers who prefer to use
services managed and delivered by Microsoft itself, Microsoft will provide
Office 365 from Microsoft datacenters in Singapore and Hong Kong. These
services will be subject to the laws of Singapore or Hong Kong.
There is strong demand for secure, reliable and scalable public cloud services
in China -- a recent Forrester Research report on cloud computing (Forrester
Research, Sizing The Cloud Markets In Asia Pacific, Feb. 3, 2012) found that
Chinese organizations are beginning to mobilize around the cloud. "The public
cloud market in China will grow from $297 million in 2011 to $3.8 billion in
2020. The three segments of the virtual private cloud market will grow from
$44 million in 2011 to $1.6 billion in 2020. The unparalleled economic growth
in China will certainly help spur strong cloud market growth in China across
most cloud segments through 2020." Microsoft and 21Vianet are excited to bring
our commercial cloud services to market in China and serve the productivity
needs of local businesses.
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About Shanghai Municipal Government
Shanghai Municipal Government is the administrative department of Shanghai
city. At present, Shanghai has become the central city of China, international
economy center, international finance center, international trade center and
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21Vianet Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:VNET) is the largest carrier-neutral Internet
data center services provider in China. 21Vianet provides hosting and related
services, managed network services and cloud computing infrastructure
services, improving the reliability, security and speed of its customers'
Internet connections through 21Vianet's Internet infrastructure. Customers may
locate their servers and networking equipment in 21Vianet's data centers and
connect to China's Internet backbone through 21Vianet's extensive fiber optic
network. In addition, 21Vianet's proprietary smart routing technology,
BroadEx, enables customers' data to be delivered across the Internet in a
faster and more reliable manner. 21Vianet operates in 33 cities throughout
China, servicing a diversified and loyal base of more than 1,600 customers
that span many industries ranging from Internet companies to government
entities and blue-chip enterprises to small- to mid-sized enterprises. For
more information, please visit http://www.en.21vianet.com/
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CONTACT: For more information, please contact
Jeremy Peruski, ICR, Inc.
Tel:+1 (646) 405-4922
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