Microsoft Expands Azure Cloud for Government

08 March, 2018, 03:41 | Author: Kristen Mcgee
  • Microsoft's Bringing Azure Stack to Government Customers

Because of the stringent compliance and security requirements of government agencies, the Azure Government cloud typically receives new products and updates several months after they land on the public cloud. AWS led the market with 32 percent, with Microsoft at 14 percent, according to Canalys estimates for the fourth quarter of previous year.

Tom Keane, Microsoft's Azure's head of global infrastructure said that the new cloud platform would be available for different sectors of the government by mid-2018.

Adding the capability to run its entire stack on private servers means the public sector can benefit from all of Microsoft's cloud-based services, with the peace of mind their data will remain on-site, in a government-secure datacentre.

Microsoft announced it will integrate its Azure Stack with Azure Government sometime in the middle of the year as part of an initiative to attract government agencies.

At present, Microsoft has a huge array of central government clients, including the Small Business Administration (SBA), US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the US Air Force and numerous USA's city and state governments. For those who have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of Azure Stack, the wait is nearly over, said Natalia Mackevicius, director of Azure Stack.

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Azure is a popular cloud platform for business, but firms need to ensure their applications, underlying cloud infrastructure and data are protected.

Microsoft is developing a localised version of its Azure cloud platform to satisfy government demands for local storage and processing of sensitive data. "Azure Stack will also enable government customers to seamlessly use and move amongst public, government-only, and on-premises cloud environments to rapidly respond to geopolitical developments and cybersecurity threats".

To ensure secure connectivity to Azure Government, Microsoft is also planning to roll out two new ExpressRoute markets, Phoenix and San Antonio.

Power BI Embedded, a recently released service that allows users of the Power BI business intelligence and analytics product to incorporate data visualizations and reporting into their own software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications, is now available to government customers.


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