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21Vianet Announces Cloud Storage Solutions by StorSimple

BEIJING, Oct. 30, 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 hybrid cloud storage solutions offered by StorSimple, a data storage optimization solution, are now available to all Windows Azure customers in China.

StorSimple offers advanced, automatic storage applications designed to address the common challenges facing IT professionals today; rapidly growing amounts of data and the increasing need to protect that data. Together, StorSimple and Azure public cloud services provide unique hybrid cloud storage solutions including primary storage, archiving, disaster recovery and Geo data redundancy, which minimize storage costs and optimize data protection for enterprises.

By integrating the cloud storage services of Windows Azure operated by 21Vianet, the StorSimple hybrid cloud solutions allow customers to automatically scale capacity and remotely perform data protection services. Data saved from the StorSimple terminals will be automatically secured by the cloud SnapShot services, which serves as a compromise between often unreliable tape-based storage and expensive full-scale backup solutions.

"We are excited to bring to the Chinese market another important cloud application which allows customers to better leverage the power of the Windows Azure platform", stated Wing Ker, president of Microsoft Cloud Operations at 21Vianet. "Enterprise IT teams will no longer have to constantly worry about operating details such as upgrades to storage equipment, data backup and data protection, which saves them time, energy, capital and other valuable resources."

The StorSimple hybrid cloud solutions seamlessly integrate on-site storage and cloud service by optimizing the economic benefits in the context of customization requirements. Once deployed, these new services not only provide data storage cost-savings, but also allow enterprise IT teams to focus more on strategic priorities and less on mundane tasks of IT infrastructure management.

Many customers outside of China, including Mazda Motor, SK Telecom, Paul Smith and Sundance Film Festival and medical device leader GF Health Products, have successfully deployed and benefited from the StorSimple hybrid cloud solutions that help to simply their storage infrastructure. In China, Vancl is among the first large enterprises that have adopted StorSimple's hybrid cloud solutions to help effectively manage its IT infrastructure and support its business growth.

About 21Vianet

21Vianet Group, Inc. is the largest carrier-neutral internet data center services provider in China. 21Vianet provides hosting and related services, managed network services, cloud infrastructure services, and content delivery network services, improving the reliability, security and speed of its customers' internet infrastructure. Customers may locate their servers and networking equipment in 21Vianet's data centers and connect to China's internet backbone through 21Vianet's extensive fiber optic network. In addition, 21Vianet's proprietary smart routing technology enables customers' data to be delivered across the internet in a faster and more reliable manner. 21Vianet operates in 44 cities throughout China, servicing a diversified and loyal base of more than 2,000 customers that span numerous industries ranging from internet companies to government entities and blue-chip enterprises to small- to mid-sized enterprises.

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CONTACT: Investor Relations Contact: 21Vianet Group, Inc. Eric Chu, CFA +1 (908) 707-2062 IR@21Vianet.com Joseph Cheng +86 10 8456 2121 IR@21Vianet.com ICR, Inc. Calvin Jiang +1 (646) 405-4922 IR@21Vianet.comSource:21Vianet Group, Inc.