BEIJING, March 26, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 21Vianet Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:VNET) ("21Vianet" or the "Company"), the largest carrier-neutral internet data center services provider in China, today announced that Microsoft Corporation's (Nasdaq:MSFT) Azure services are now generally available to all paid customers in China, making it the first global public cloud service available for massive commercial adoption in China. Operated by 21Vianet, Microsoft Azure can now provide fully-operational service to all paid customers in China. Prior to today's announcement, a total of over 3,000 clients had signed up for the services, including 160+ large enterprises that have migrated to paid contracts. Today, the partnership is releasing another 2000 free trial accounts to provide opportunities for more customers to experience Microsoft Azure operated by 21Vianet. The Company, in conjunction with Microsoft, held a ceremony celebrating the official launch today at the Shanghai Expo Center. The event was attended by many government officials including the mayor of Shanghai, several Hunan Provincial government leaders, the Shanghai-based Consul General of Spain, Wuhan Economic and Technological Development District officials, and many corporate executives from companies like Coca-Cola China, GMW.com, CNTV and LineKong, which were early adopters of Microsoft Azure. Mr. Josh Chen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, stated, "We are extremely excited to commercially launch Microsoft Azure services in China. As a result of a concerted effort between the 21Vianet and Microsoft development teams, Microsoft Azure, operated by 21Vianet, is now ready for commercial release in China. It is also in full compliance with Chinese national and local regulations, which have stringent standards for data security. Together with Microsoft, we invested heavily in both financial capital and manpower to ensure that our customers in China will receive the same top-notch quality as global Microsoft Azure customers. The platform's openness, flexibility and pay-as-you-go system makes Microsoft Azure an ideal cloud solution for our Chinese customers."