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FedRAMP is an assessment and authorization process through which cloud players can offer services to US government agencies. FedRAMP High impact level is used to protect some of the government’s most sensitive, unclassified data in cloud computing environments. Microsoft Azure Government already had FedRAMP High certification.
Recently, Microsoft announced that they now offer Azure public services that meet FedRAMP High impact level. Also, they have extended FedRAMP High Provisional Authorization to Operate (P-ATO) to all of its Azure public regions in the United States. With this announcement, Azure supports more services at FedRAMP High impact levels than any other cloud provider.
Since both Azure public and Azure Government data centers and services now meet FedRAMP High impact level, government agencies can save a ton of money by using Azure cloud services based on their needs.
New FedRAMP High Azure Government Services include:
- Azure DB for MySQL
- Azure DB for PostgreSQL
- Azure DDoS Protection
- Azure File Sync
- Azure Lab Services
- Azure Migrate
- Azure Policy
- Azure Security Center
- Microsoft Flow
- Microsoft PowerApps
Microsoft has been bidding for the US Department of Defence’s $10 billion JEDI contract to provide all the cloud-based infrastructure and the associated services. Microsoft is now gearing up for JEDI battle with new capabilities and certifications like FedRAMP High. It is important to note that only Microsoft and Amazon are left in the JEDI bidding process.