Back in March, Microsoft announced the private preview of the Azure Government Cloud which will have physical and logical isolation at all layers and it will be run by the government personnel. Since then, Microsoft has been building on Windows commercial Azure capabilities to meet discrete needs of government customers. Today, they announced the general availability of the service.
Now generally available in the United States, Azure Government is Microsoft’s government community cloud platform for U.S. state, local and federal government agencies. Integrated services such as compute resources, storage, data, networking and applications are hosted in Microsoft datacenters located within the U.S. and managed by cleared U.S. personnel. Unlike any other cloud service provider, Azure Government provides hybrid, hyperscale, enterprise-grade solutions that enable government agencies to run the operating systems, languages and application of choice in Microsoft’s government cloud, public cloud or their own datacenter with a consistent platform and the flexibility and capacity to scale up or down on demand.
Azure Government also includes safeguards such as administrative and physical security measures as part of efforts to join Microsoft Azure in receiving Provisional Authority to Operate by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Joint Authorization Board. Furthermore, other industry bodies and experts recognize Microsoft as a leader in the cloud market.
Microsoft also revealed that Dynamics CRM Online for Government will be generally available in January and is based on the Microsoft Dynamics’ public cloud offering, designed for FedRAMP compliance and operated by cleared U.S. personnel.
Read the full press release here.