Category Archives : Government



Announcing Azure Government Secret private preview and expansion of DoD IL5

Enabling government to advance the mission

Today we’re announcing a significant milestone in serving our mission customers from cloud to edge with the initial availability of two new Azure Government Secret regions, now in private preview and pending accreditation. Azure Government Secret delivers comprehensive and mission enabling cloud services to US Federal Civilian, Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community (IC), and US government partners working within Secret enclaves.

In addition, we’ve expanded the scope of all Azure Government regions to enable DoD Impact Level 5 (IL5) data, providing a cost-effective option for L5 workloads with a broad range of available services. With our focus on innovating to meet the needs of our mission-critical customers, we continue to provide more PaaS features and services to the DoD at IL5 than any other cloud provider.

For more than 40 years we have prioritized bringing commercial innovation to the DoD. We also continue to help our customers across the full spectrum of government, including every state, federal cabinet agency, and military branch, modernize their IT to better enable their missions.

Microsoft is helping customers across the full spectrum of government, including departments in every state, all the federal cabinet agencies, and




Microsoft Azure Government is First Commercial Cloud to Achieve DoD Impact Level 5 Provisional Authorization, General Availability of DoD Regions

Furthering our commitment to be the most trusted cloud for Government, today Microsoft is proud to announce two milestone achievements in support of the US Department of Defense.

Information Impact Level 5 DoD Provisional Authorization by the Defense Information Systems Agency

Azure Government is the first commercial cloud service to be awarded an Information Impact Level 5 DoD Provisional Authorization by the Defense Information Systems Agency. This provisional authorization allows all US Department of Defense (DoD) customers to leverage Azure Government for the most sensitive controlled unclassified information (CUI), including CUI of National Security Systems. 

DoD Authorizing Officials can use this Provisional Authorization as a baseline for input into their authorization decisions on behalf of mission owner systems using the Azure Government cloud DOD Region. 

This achievement is the result of the collective efforts of Microsoft, DISA and its mission partners to work through requirements pertaining to the adoption of cloud computing for infrastructure, platform and productivity across the DoD enterprise.

General Availability of DoD Regions

Information Impact Level 5 requires processing in dedicated infrastructure that ensures physical separation of DoD customers from non-DoD customers. Over the past few months, we ran a preview program with more than 50 customers




Advancing tactical edge scenarios with Dell EMC Tactical Microsoft Azure Stack and Azure Data Box family

Today, Microsoft is announcing new intelligent cloud and intelligent edge capabilities for U.S. government customers. These new capabilities will help government customers uniquely address “the tactical edge”—or, a dependence on information systems and connectivity in harsh scenarios or other situations where users have critical data availability, integrity, and transparency needs.

As U.S. government agencies support missions around the world, in remote locations, and beyond the reach of standard infrastructure, new technology is required for mission success. Microsoft offers a comprehensive portfolio designed to bring data analysis and insight to the tactical edge. Azure Stack and our Data Box family of products help government agencies with remote operations access the information they need to make decisions at the edge, along with access to the full range of cloud data analytics as connectivity allows.

Just last year we announced the integration of Azure Stack with Azure Government cloud, which unlocks a wide range of hybrid cloud use cases for government customers. By connecting the tactical edge to Azure Government, the mission-critical cloud for U.S. government customers and their partners, federal, state, and local government agencies can now operate with full regulatory compliance and the most up-to-date edge capabilities.

To that end, today,




Join us on November 28 for our next meetup: Adopting Emerging Tech in Government

Join us as we discuss the leading edge of emerging technology in government at the next Microsoft Azure Government DC meetup, Adopting Emerging Tech in Government, on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:30 PM Eastern Time at 1776 in Washington, DC. If you’re not in the DC-metro area, we invite you to join us via livestream starting at 6:35 PM Eastern Time at

You’ll hear how agencies are approaching strategy, challenges, use cases, and workforce readiness as they leverage emerging tech to innovate for their mission including blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and augmented reality.

RSVP and join us to gain insight from innovators across government agencies who are exploring ways to apply emerging tech to empower their workforce and deliver innovative services to the public.

Featured speakers include:

COL David Robinson, Military Deputy (Acting), Defense Innovation Unit Experimental Ju-Lie McReynolds, Program Manager, US Digital Service, Health & Human Services Meagan Metzger, CEO, Dcode Sujit Mohanty, DoD CTO, Microsoft Federal Jeff Butte, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Azure Global Government Karina Homme, Senior Director, Microsoft Azure Government About the Microsoft Azure Government user community

The Azure Government DC user community was created as a place to bring




Customers are using Azure Stack to unlock new hybrid cloud innovation

Over the past week, I visited customers and partners in Europe who want to bring cloud services to datacenters and edge locations to deliver new hybrid cloud solutions. Whether it’s due to latency, regulatory compliance or legacy data and systems, these customers can’t use the public cloud for several scenarios. They look for a true hybrid cloud solution to deliver a consistent experience across their entire digital estate. It was really great to listen and observe how some of these companies are already using Azure Stack and thinking of innovative ways to drive digital transformation using Microsoft’s intelligent cloud and intelligent edge approach.

It’s humbling to see customers across government, manufacturing, financial services, and healthcare industries in nearly 60 countries around the world use Azure Stack to unlock new scenarios that were not possible before. And this is just the beginning. We are committed to meeting customer needs and continuously delivering new updates and innovation on Azure Stack.

Consistent hybrid cloud

We have designed and engineered Azure Stack to be truly consistent with Azure. Azure Stack brings the agility and innovation of cloud computing to on-premises and edge, so organizations can build modern apps across their full environment with the




Five lessons for building your roadmap to a secure hybrid cloud future

This blog post is a part of our security series for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month where we discuss how federal CIOs can best prepare for a cloud environment that works securely with your on-premises datacenters.

The need for federal agencies to get their hybrid cloud roadmaps in place has reached a tipping point over the past year, especially as pressures mount to modernize the government’s vast portfolio of aging legacy IT systems and make smarter use of available IT funding.

Agency IT leaders however, face a deeper challenge. Deciding which applications to move to the cloud and which should be rebuilt or replaced to function securely in a hybrid environment. They must do so while planning for a rapidly-changing cybersecurity landscape.

That’s why rationalizing and rightsizing your applications deserves careful attention. This is also why aligning with the right partners who can support your applications, whether in the cloud or on-premises, can be the difference between successful IT modernization versus just lifting-and-shifting to the cloud.

That’s one reason a growing number of agencies are choosing the flexibility and built-in security features of cloud platforms such as Microsoft Azure Government. Azure Government gives leaders a flexible way to test out their




Enabling intelligent cloud and intelligent edge solutions for government

We are going through a technology transformation that is unlocking new mission scenarios for government agencies that were simply not possible before. Smart sensors and connected devices are changing the way agencies approach problems from equipment maintenance to measuring air quality, smart cities to military outposts, while new devices are increasingly cloud connected by default – whether it’s a traffic light or a rescue vehicle.

Simultaneously, hybrid cloud is evolving from being the integration of a datacenter with the public cloud, to becoming units of computing available at even the world’s most remote destinations working in concert with public cloud. Now, more than ever before, government can bring the power of cloud to missions around the globe.

Bring these two technology trends together, with AI running across all systems, and we enter the era of the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge. And while we expect every industry to benefit as these technologies advance, the work of government in particular will be changed by the ability to plan farther, gather information more efficiently, and deliver insight where it is needed most.
The intelligent cloud is ubiquitous computing enabled by public cloud and powered with AI. In this way, we refer to




Re-define analytics with Azure SQL Data Warehouse Gen2 tier now generally available

Microsoft Azure Government regions give unparalleled flexibility for US government agencies and their partners. Today, we announce the general availability of industry-leading performance Azure SQL Data Warehouse Compute Optimized Gen2 tier for government customers in the US Gov Arizona and US Gov Texas regions. Azure SQL Data Warehouse is a fast, flexible, and secure analytics platform offering you a SQL-based view across data. It is elastic, enabling you to provision a cloud data warehouse in minutes and scale to terabytes in minutes.

With Azure Government only US federal, state, local, and tribal governments and their partners have access to this dedicated instance that only screened US citizens operate. Customers can choose from six government-only datacenter regions, including two regions granted an Impact Level 5 Provisional Authorization. Moreover, Azure Government offers the most compliance certifications of any cloud provider.

These new locations bring the product worldwide availability count for Compute Optimized Gen2 tier to 28 regions.

More performance, concurrency, and power

Azure SQL Data Warehouse Gen2 brings the best of Microsoft software and hardware innovations to dramatically improve query performance and concurrency. Our customers now get up to five times better performance on average for query workloads, four times more




Announcing Azure database services for MySQL and PostgreSQL for Azure Government customers

Today, we are excited to announce the general availability (GA) of Azure Database for MySQL and Azure Database for PostgreSQL for Azure Government customers. With this GA milestone, government agencies and their partners have even more options as they work to advance their missions. These fully managed, government-ready database as a service offerings bring the community versions of MySQL and PostgreSQL to mission-critical government workloads with built-in high availability, a 99.99% availability SLA, elastic scaling for performance, and industry leading security and compliance. Building on the community edition of MySQL and PostgreSQL, lifting and shifting to the cloud is easier than ever, while maintaining full compatibility with your languages and frameworks of your choice.

Features include compute scale up to 32 vCores, offering a new Memory Optimized tier, ability to scale storage on-line independent of compute without impact to application performance, allowing greater flexibility in backup storage options, and achieving industry compliance with ISO, SOC, and HIPAA. We are also compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As with every Azure Government service, you also get the assurance of world-class security, compliance and advanced threat protection services.

The Azure Government difference

Azure Government delivers a dedicated cloud enabling government




Announcing availability of Azure Managed Application in AzureGov

Azure Managed Applications enable Managed Service Provider (MSP), Independent Software Vendor (ISV) partners, and enterprise IT teams to deliver fully managed turnkey cloud solutions that can be made available through the enterprise Service Catalog of a specific end-customer. Customers can quickly deploy managed applications in their own subscription and rely on the partner or central IT team for maintenance operations and support across the lifecycle. 

It is the doorway through which enterprises consume Azure.

Organization Service Catalog as a distribution channel

Service Catalog allows organizations to create a catalog of approved applications and services that can be consumed by people in the organization. It can contain anything from customized virtual machine offers, servers, databases to complex in-house applications. Maintaining such a catalog of solutions is helpful especially for central IT teams in enterprises as it enables them to ensure compliance with certain organizational standards while providing great solutions for their organization. They can control, update, and maintain these applications. It allows employees in the organization to easily discover the rich set of applications that are recommended and approved by the IT department. The customers will only see the Service Catalog Managed Applications created by themselves or those that have been shared