(The Hosting News) – Microsoft has announced that its cloud-commuting platform, Windows Azure, has moved to general availability in China, making Microsoft the first global public cloud provider in the region.
Along with the help of local partner 21Vianet, Windows Azure, which has been in preview mode since May 2013, is now open to all Chinese businesses.
“This significant milestone makes us the first global company to make onshore public cloud services available to customers in China, through 21Vianet,” says Takeshi Numoto, Microsoft Corporate VP of Cloud & Enterprise Marketing.
Through 21Vianet, more than 3,000 customers in China are using functional cloud services, including LineKong, CNTV, GMW.cn, and Coca-Cola China.
According to a blog post from Microsoft, the public cloud service market in China has increased more than 40 percent since 2012, making this a popular market for cloud service providers.
Azure is quickly expanding, with the launch of the service in Brazil later this year and the move to general availability last month in Japan.
“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.”