GDS Obtains New Order from Alibaba for Beijing 3 Data Center

- 4,260 sqm of Capacity Fully Pre-committed -

SHANGHAI, China, June 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GDS Holdings Limited (“GDS Holdings” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:GDS), a leading developer and operator of high-performance data centers in China, today announced that Alibaba Group (“Alibaba”) has confirmed a pre-commitment order to take full-capacity of the Company’s recently announced Beijing 3 data center.  Beijing 3 is currently under construction.  On completion in the first half of 2018, the new data center will have an IT area of 4,260 sqm, which is now 100% pre-committed.

“We are pleased to announce this new pre-commitment by Alibaba, one of our most important strategic partners,” said William Huang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GDS Holdings.  “The Beijing 3 site is adjacent to our Beijing 1 data center where Alibaba already occupies a substantial part of the total area.  It is an ideal expansion location for Alibaba’s growing capacity needs.  With the enormous demand created by China’s rapid Cloud adoption, now more than ever, our clients depend on us to provide a steady supply of high-performance data center resources to fulfill their requirements.  Winning a follow-on order of this size from a customer like Alibaba is testament to our ability to continuously source the right projects in key markets and to provide the high operating standards which our customers demand. We are proud to be the partner of choice for Alibaba as we continue to grow and develop China’s Cloud market together.”

About GDS Holdings Limited

GDS Holdings Limited (Nasdaq:GDS) is a leading developer and operator of high-performance data centers in China. The Company’s facilities are strategically located in China’s primary economic hubs where demand for high-performance data center services is concentrated. The Company’s data centers have large net floor area, high power capacity, density and efficiency, and multiple redundancy across all critical systems. GDS is carrier and Cloud neutral, which enables customers to connect to all major PRC telecommunications carriers, and to access a number of the largest Cloud service providers, whom GDS hosts in its facilities. The Company offers colocation and managed services, including a unique and innovative managed Cloud value proposition. The Company has a 16-year track record of service delivery, successfully fulfilling the requirements of some of the largest and most demanding customers for outsourced data center services in China. The Company’s base of customers consists predominantly of top tier Cloud service providers and Internet companies, financial institutions, telecommunications and IT service providers, and large domestic private sector and multinational corporations.

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