Microsoft has become the first global cloud provider in China after partnering with 21Vianet to deliver the Microsoft Azure platform in the region.
21Vianet, which has already delivered fully functional cloud services to more than 3,000 customers in China, will deliver the Microsoft Azure platform – formerly known as Windows Azure – from multiple locations across the country.
In a blog post, Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice president, cloud and enterprise marketing at Microsoft, explained that the service will enable Microsoft to cater for the increased demand for enterprise-grade public cloud platforms in China. According to IDC, this demand has grown by more than 40% since 2012.
"Coming on the heels of the general availability of Microsoft Azure for Japan just last month, this is yet another rapidly delivered milestone in our strategy to bring the benefit of Microsoft’s enterprise-grade cloud technologies to people and businesses around the world," said Numoto. “Cloud computing is a big part of the future for China, and we are thrilled to play a role in bringing this future to our customers."
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