Windows Azure Officially Launched In China, Microsoft Becomes The First Global Public Cloud Provider In China

Microsoft today officially announced the general availability of Windows Azure in China, with that Microsoft becomes the first global public cloud provider in China. Last year, Microsoft launched a public preview of Windows Azure in China to meet the demands of local cloud needs. 21Vianet will be operating Windows Azure for Microsoft in China.

In May of last year, we announced that Microsoft Azure would be coming to China, launching a public preview to support the growing appetite for cloud services in this important region. Today, I am pleased to share that Microsoft Azure, operated by 21Vianet, is now generally available for our customers in China. This significant milestone makes us the first global company to make onshore public cloud services available to customers in China, through 21Vianet.

To ensure a compliant, enterprise-grade public cloud experience, Microsoft has partnered with 21Vianet within China to deliver Microsoft Azure to our customers in the region. 21Vianet is a trusted and reliable partner who can deliver the quality and reliability that Microsoft Azure customers require, delivering Azure service from multiple locations in China to enable critical disaster recovery scenarios. In fact, 21Vianet has already delivered fully functional cloud services to more than 3,000 customers in China, including CNTV, LineKong, and Coca-Cola China.

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. 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.

Source: Microsoft

  • Revben Chase Da Kingdom

    So what is dramatic price drops, or be able to operate in the biggest and soon to be richest country in the world?

    • Joe_HTH

      They’re not even close to being the richest country in the world. China’s economy is half the size of the United States.

      • Nham Thien Duong

        Yes, but they are getting more influential, especially in places where those U.S.A. usually doesn’t even get involved in (Africa for example), and even in Western countries (South-America and Australia), so China is pretty influential, and they have an alliance with Russia, White-Russia, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan.

        • Viktor

          Just for you to know.
          Using name “White-Russia” for Belarus causes enormous amount of butthurt to russians in Russia (Russian Federation).
          To the point that it was prohibited to use it in Russia in 19-th century under the fear of hanging.

      • Revben Chase Da Kingdom

        Did i not say soon to become the richest country, and not the richest country. And yeah usa economy is bigger but usa owes china more than a trillion in debt, so yea, there is that.

  • Julien

    What do you keep calling it Windows Azure?

    • JohnCz

      Likely because the name change occurs next week.

      • MSFTmanJosh

        Microsoft called it Microsoft Azure right in the post. He should’ve titled it Microsoft excuses.

      • Julien

        I’d expect a site that specializes in MSFT news to know about it. That’s quite embarrassing if you ask me.

  • Nham Thien Duong

    I really hope that they’ll create a stronghold there before Scroogle or Amazon comes over, Microsoft Azure/Windows Azure has proven itself. :-)