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Here at Microsoft, as most of our company starts the seventh week in changed professional and personal arrangements, we are learning new ways to live, work, learn and communicate. We are also learning from you—our customers and partners. We are all adjusting in this moment together and are appreciative of the feedback we receive and the confidence our customers have in our wide range of cloud services.
As a technology first responder serving first responders battling the global health crisis, as a trusted cloud provider to ensure your technology investment continues to deliver the value you expect, and as a company committed to assisting as organizations adapt to changing needs—we are relentlessly focused on providing the support needed to help the workforce operate as smoothly as possible during these changing times.
To ensure optimum focus, our efforts continue to be anchored in two key areas of action:
Help our customers address their most urgent needs. Ensure Microsoft Azure continues to scale to meet new demand.
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Microsoft’s service for datacenter migration, Azure Migrate, is now available in Azure Government—unlocking the whole range of functionality for government customers. Previously, Azure Migrate V1 was available to US Azure Government customers, which performed limited scale assessment for VMware workloads. Azure Migrate V2 for Azure Government, now available, includes a one-stop shop for discovery, assessment, and migration of largescale datacenters.
Why migrate to Azure Government
We know how important security is for Government customers. Fortunately, Azure Government, Microsoft’s government cloud offering, provides industry-leading security with more compliance certifications than any other cloud provider. By using a cloud government solution, your organization can meet high compliance certifications that aren’t available on-premises.
Azure Government has six government-exclusive datacenter regions across the US, with an Impact Level 5 Provisional Authorization. This means Azure Government can host workloads for the most sensitive organizations, like the US Department of Defense. Azure Government also offers hybrid flexibility, which allows you to customize your digital transformation by keeping select data and functionality on-premises.
Leading-edge innovations in Azure ensure your government organization is modernized and effective, with advanced data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), IoT, and high-performance computing. Transform how your organization learns from and interacts with citizens. Analyze smart devices
The explosion of data-driven decision making is motivating businesses to have a data strategy to provide better customer experiences, improve operational efficiencies, and make real-time decisions based on data. As businesses become data driven, we see more customers build data lakes on Azure. We also hear that more cost optimization and more performance are two of the most important features of data lake architecture on Azure. Normally, these two qualities are traded off for each other—if you want more performance, you will need to pay more; if you want to save money, expect your performance curve to go down.
That’s why today, we’re announcing the preview of Query Acceleration for Azure Data Lake Storage—a new capability of Azure Data Lake Storage, which improves both performance and cost. The feature is now available for customers to start realizing these benefits and improving their data lake deployment on Azure.
How Query Acceleration for Azure Data Lake improves performance and cost
Big data analytics frameworks, such as Spark, Hive, and large-scale data processing applications, work by reading all of the data using a horizontally-scalable distributed computing platform with techniques such as MapReduce. However, a given query or transformation generally does not require all