We’re excited to share that the capacity of Microsoft Azure operated by 21Vianet in China will be tripled in the next six months. Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, announced the planned capacity expansion at the Microsoft Tech Summit 2017 in Beijing yesterday. As Nadella reinforced at the event, new Azure capacity in China offers a great opportunity for customers in region, including both multinational corporations who are extending their business to China, and also Chinese corporations interested in expanding to cover Asia more broadly.
Announced in 2013, and officially launched in March 2014, Azure operated by 21Vianet is the first international public cloud service to become generally available in the China market. In accordance with Chinese regulatory requirements, Azure in China is provided through a partnership between Microsoft and Chinese datacenter operator 21Vianet. The cooperative model established between Microsoft and 21Vianet has set a benchmark for global cloud services entering China and remains the strongest example of how such collaboration can help bring cloud innovation into the Chinese market.