Microsoft and 21Vianet, a provider of carrier neutral data center services in China, have extended their cloud partnership. 21Vianet will continue to offer Microsoft’s cloud in China, including Azure and Office 365 in China for an additional 4 years under the new agreement. 21Vianet acts as an operation entity for Azure, hosting Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure services and Office 365 in its data centers and handling customer relationships. A renewal agreement extends this setup to 2018 and suggests the partnership is bearing fruit for both companies.
BEIJING — 21Vianet Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:VNET) (“21Vianet” or the “Company”), a leading carrier-neutral internet data center services provider in China, announced today that affiliates of Kingsoft Corporation Limited (HK:3888) (“Kingsoft”), a leading internet based software developer, distributor and service provider, Xiaomi Corporation (“Xiaomi”), a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of mobile devices and other electronic equipment and a provider of internet services, and Temasek, a Singapore based investment company, have entered into definitive share purchase agreements with 21Vianet. All shares to be issued in these transactions are newly issued shares of 21Vianet.