Microsoft plans Availability Zones, Arc and other Azure services for China in 2022

Last week, Microsoft announced that it has opened a fifth Azure region in China. The move will double Microsoft’s cloud capacity in China, according to a blog post attributed to Azure Marketing Corporate Vice President Kathleen Mitford.

Microsoft has been providing Chinese companies and customers with access to its Azure cloud services since 2014. They are operated in the country by 21ViaNet, Microsoft’s exclusive Chinese partner. Since 2014, Mitford noted, Microsoft has partnered with 21Vianet to roll out Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform.

21Vianet Group claims to be the largest carrier-neutral internet and data center service provider in China — partnering with Microsoft, Alibaba and other companies. Microsoft is partnering with 21Vianet in China to comply with China’s data sovereignty rules. The company operates Azure services independently of Microsoft, which has no access to the data stored there.

Microsoft Answers “Fast-Growing Needs of Global Public Cloud Services” in China

According to Dr. Hou Yang, Microsoft sees strong growth of the public cloud in the Chinese market. Yang is corporate vice president, chairman and CEO of Microsoft’s Greater China Region (GCR).

“We see a rapidly growing need for global public cloud services in the Chinese market, both from multinational companies coming to China, Chinese companies looking to have a global presence, and Chinese companies looking to digitally transform their businesses and processes on clouds – that’s the strong point. momentum that drives us to expand and upgrade our cloud services here in China for nearly eight years,” said Dr. Yang.

In 2022, Microsoft will continue to develop new Azure services for the Chinese market, Mitford said. For example, Chinese customers interested in the flexibility of cloud uptime can take advantage of Availability Zones. Microsoft and 21Vianet will also deploy Azure Arc, Microsoft’s hybrid and multi-cloud data and app management services. Coming soon to China: Azure Purview, a unified data management solution, and Azure Digital Twins, an IoT capability that allows customers to create “digital twins” of physical objects in the cloud.

Last week, Microsoft introduced new Azure for Operators services. The new services are built on the AT&T Network Cloud platform that Microsoft acquired in 2021. Microsoft considers the new services to be “the next-generation hybrid cloud platform for operators.” The company offers it as a single-stack solution for operators to run core, RAN, mobile and voice core, OSS and BSS, both on-premises and in the Azure cloud.

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