Microsoft just made generally available Microsoft Azure in China, making it the first multinational company to offer public cloud services in China.
Since June, the company had been offering Azure in public preview in China. For both the preview and the general availability, Microsoft has been partnering with 21Vianet, a Chinese data center services provider.
The major cloud providers in China currently are all China-based: Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent, according to 21Vianet.
“IDC reports a sustained growth rate of more than 40 percent in the public cloud service market in China since 2012, making the market a particular hot spot for cloud,” Takeshi Numoto, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for cloud and enterprise marketing, said in a blog post.
This is part of Microsoft’s push to expand Azure in the Asia Pacific region.
Microsoft Azure (which used to be called Windows Azure) became generally available in Japan last month.
Last year, the company also said it would be opening data centers in Japan and Australia, allowing Azure to be deployed locally there. That would be in addition to Azure data centers that the company already has in Singapore and Hong Kong.