In order to offer the commercial cloud services, namely, Office 365 and Windows Azure in China, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and 21Vianet Group Inc (NASDAQ:VNET) extended their commercial operator agreement.
The renewed agreement
According to the renewed agreement, the services of Microsoft China will be extended for a period of four years, i.e., until December 31, 2018. As per this new agreement, 21Vianet shall remain the operator, and will also help expanding the commercial cloud facilities of Office 365 and Windows Azure in China. This shall be done in order to support the kind of growth that the two companies are anticipating during the period of their renewed agreement.
21Vianet: The cloud enabler and leading infrastructure provider in China
The company’s CEO and Chairman, Josh Chen said that 21Vianet will work with Microsoft towards commercial launching of the two Microsoft services in China. He added that teams from the two companies have been working for public preview as well as preparation of commercial launch there, since 2012.
21Vianet is recognized as the premier and sole platform offering global cloud computing in China. At the same time, it is also the provider offering value, reliability and security to its customers.
Microsoft bringing cloud services to China
The Microsoft Greater China’s CEO and Corporate VP, Ralph Haupter said that after two years of successful corporate relation with 21Vianet, the two companies will now work collaboratively in bringing the services of cloud computing to these Chinese markets. According to Microsoft, Office 365 and Azure, both have a strong hold in market. These services are broadly adopted in multinational corporations along with the local companies in China.
The company said that both Office 365 and Azure are highly valued in terms of factors like scalability, cost efficiency, reliability, flexibility and deployment speed. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) also added that the partnership will add to the development of cloud computing system across China.