It has been a busy few weeks for Microsoft in the cloud space. Last Monday, we announced that Windows Azure has received a FedRAMP JAB P-ATO. This week, I am able to share
that Microsoft is announcing its plans to offer a public cloud environment
designed to meet the distinct needs of U.S. government agencies.
The Windows Azure U.S. Government Cloud will be a community cloud
available for U.S. state, local, and federal government agencies hosted in
Microsoft datacenters located in the U.S. and managed by U.S. personnel.
The U.S. government is eager to realize the benefits of the cloud,
adopting a Cloud First policy for new investments. Microsoft is committed to
supporting these initiatives and is uniquely positioned to offer the
flexibility U.S. government agencies need. This includes the ability to design
and deploy a combination of on-premises, private, public or hybrid cloud
environments based on their security requirements. The Windows Azure U.S. Government Cloud will add the ability to
leverage the cloud for higher security workloads, like those of the Department
of Defense, ensuring that Microsoft can meet the diverse needs of the U.S.
Working with partners like Lockheed
Martin, who help us meet the government-mandated requirements, key elements of
the Windows Azure U.S. Government Cloud will include:
- Physical, Network, and Logical Isolation: Two specially constructed datacenters with logical, physical, and network isolation
from Azure Public Cloud.
- U.S. Location: All data, hardware, and supporting
systems will be in the continental United States.
- Limited Community: Data will reside on servers that only
contain data from other U.S. federal, state, and local government customers.
- PPT-Moderate Personnel: All operating personnel will be U.S.
personnel screened for PPT-Moderate clearance (Public Trust).
This news comes as part of a larger announcement by Microsoft about new
products, programs and partnerships to help organizations capitalize on the opportunities
of cloud computing. Complementing Office
365 and other cloud services, these new offerings deliver on Microsoft’s
hybrid cloud strategy that connects IT and data infrastructure, application
platform and development, and device management and business solutions. Learn more from Satya Nadella, Cloud & Enterprise Executive
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