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21Vianet Group, Inc. Announces Changes to the Board of Directors and the Compensation Committee

BEIJING, Dec. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 21Vianet Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:VNET) ("21Vianet" or the "Company"), a leading carrier-neutral internet data center services provider in China, today announced that Dr. Hongjiang Zhang, an independent director of the Company as well as a member of the Compensation Committee, has resigned from his current positions effective December 1, 2016. Dr. Zhang has served as the Company’s director since January 2015. The Board of Directors (the “Board”) has appointed Mr. Tao Zou as a new independent director to the Company, and Mr. Erhfei Liu, who has served as an independent director since May 2015, will replace Dr. Zhang as a member of the Compensation Committee, both effective on Dec 1, 2016.

Mr. Tao Zou is currently the Chief Executive Officer and an executive director of Kingsoft Corporation Limited ("Kingsoft"), a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (Stock Code:3888) and the Chief Executive Officer and one of the directors of Seasun Holdings Limited, overseeing the operations of Seasun Holdings Limited and its subsidiaries, including the research and development of online games, and the operations of the gaming business of Kingsoft and its subsidiaries ("Kingsoft Group"). Mr. Zou joined Kingsoft Group in 1998 and has taken various positions within the Kingsoft Group since then. Mr. Zou received a bachelor’s degree from Tianjin Nankai University.

Mr. Steve Zhang, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, stated, “We are very pleased to have Mr. Zou join our Board and we look forward to his contributions. His extensive industry knowledge and managerial experience with Kingsoft Group will be invaluable to 21Vianet and our customers in this rapidly growing internet industry. Furthermore, I would like to thank Dr. Zhang for his hard work over the past two years with the firm. We all appreciate his leadership and wish him great success in his future endeavors.”

About 21Vianet

21Vianet Group, Inc. is a leading carrier-neutral Internet data center services provider in China. 21Vianet provides hosting and related services, managed network services, cloud services, content delivery network services, last-mile wired broadband services and business VPN 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 more than 30 cities throughout China, servicing a diversified and loyal base of more than 2,000 hosting enterprise 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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Investor Relations Contacts: 
21Vianet Group, Inc. 
Qing Liu 
+86 10 8456 2121 
IR@21Vianet.com

ICR, Inc. 
Violet Gu 
+1 (646) 405-4922 
IR@21Vianet.com

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