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    [EN] Microsoft lança Windows Azure na China

    Microsoft is the first major U.S. provider to launch a public cloud in China. Windows Azure is rolling out in China through partner 21Vianet Group, a large carrier-neutral Internet data services provider. Windows Azure service in China will be available on June 6.

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer attended an event for the launch with 21Vianet CEO Josh Chen, US Ambassador to China Gary Locke and Shanghai Governor, Jiang Liang. Also in attendance were CEOs from several of the platform’s initial and potential customers.

    This is a big development for Microsoft, and huge news for 21Vianet. In November 2012, Microsoft, 21Vianet and the Shanghai Municipal Government announced a strategic partnership agreement in which Microsoft licensed the technology know-how and rights to operate and provide Office 365 and Windows Azure services in China to 21Vianet.

    “21Vianet will act as an operation entity for Azure, hosting the service in its data centers and handling the customer relationship,” said Vianet’s CFO, Shang Hsiao. ”We also support the infrastructure too. That’s one of the reasons Microsoft selected 21Vianet – we specialize in China Internet infrastructure. We’re considered the biggest Internet data center services provider in China.

    “In China at this moment, we don’t have open cloud services,” Hsiao continued. “This will be the first cloud partner outside of China to serve cloud customers. It’s very important.”

    21Vianet already has several customers lined up for the service. Named in the press release are Pactera, RenRen Inc, PPTV, a leading online video company in China, Kingdee International Software, and QOROS Auto Co. an independent international car company. Many of these names will be unfamiliar to Western audiences, but therein lies why this announcement is huge; China is a massive market whose potential hasn’t been tapped. Microsoft, through 21Vianet, is first in with an outside public cloud.

    “We are extremely excited to officially launch Microsoft Windows Azure services in China and believe 21Vianet will provide great contributions to the growth of cloud infrastructure and services throughout China,” said Chen, Chairman and CEO of 21Vianet. “Our cooperation further enhances 21Vianet’s capabilities in helping to develop China’s cloud infrastructure services and strengthening our core competency for customers.

    “As a cloud enabler, 21Vianet is pleased to offer Microsoft’s world-class cloud services for the first time to businesses in China,” Chen added. “By providing carrier-level services for better public cloud operations, including security and compliance, datacenter networking, maintenance, highly reliable engineering and customer services related to cloud operations, 21Vianet and Microsoft are committed to offering the best cloud services available throughout China.”
    Microsoft Launches Azure in China Via 21Vianet Group

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    Massive New Data Center Will Bring Windows Azure to China

    Chinese Internet service provider 21Vianet announced that it has started construction of a new data center in the Daxing District of Beijing. The facility will be capable of holding 5,000 cabinets, the largest facility in China as measured by cabinet capacity. The 42,000 square meter (approximately 452,000 square foot) data center will be built in phases, with the first phase expected to be fully operational by the end of 2013. The data center will be wholly operated and owned by 21Vianet.

    “We are excited to announce the addition of this mega data center in Beijing, China,” said Josh Chen, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at 21Vianet. ”We believe this expanded facility will further bolster 21Vianet’s leading market position for hosting and management network services. In addition, we will also utilize this data center to power Microsoft’s premier commercial cloud services. We remain committed to providing our customers with the IT Infrastructure services required to grow their businesses and meet today’s increasingly complex and demanding networking requirements.”

    Late last year Microsoft signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the municipality of Shanghai, and signed agreement to license Microsoft technologies to 21Vianet, who will offer Azure in China out of local data centers.

    “We believe that with our consistent expansion in data centers and network coverage as well as the rollout of our cloud platform, we are well-positioned to capture new opportunities to become China’s leader in the rapidly emerging market for cloud computing infrastructure services,” said Shang Hsiao, President and Chief Financial Officer at 21Vianet. ”At this stage, we do not expect to raise our current guidance for capital expenditures for the full year of 2013, which remains contingent upon the finalization of our roll out schedule and financing strategy.”
    Massive New Data Center Will Bring Windows Azure to China

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