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Microsoft News, Release And Update: Announces Department Of Defense Regions In Azure Government

October 29
6:00 AM 2016

A comprehensive cloud that is DoD information Impact Level 5 is what these regions has to offer. It is ready for infrastructure, platform, and productivity services, as previously announced by Jason Zander, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President for Microsoft Azure. Microsoft Corp., through its General Manager Tom Keane, further emphasized that just in 2016, the Azure Government has increased three times and has an additional of 75 new abilities in the last 90 days alone. Also, Azure is the sole hyper scale cloud platform supplier that offers DoD regions as they continue to establish its commitment to invest in the most trusted, comprehensive cloud for the government.

The Principal Program Manager of Microsoft Azure Derek Strausbaugh said, "Our goal with this is to provide DoD customers with the opportunity to gain early access to these DoD regions and get hands-on exposure to our platform and infrastructure services. Most importantly, we want our DoD customers to provide feedback to our engineering teams as we close in on making these regions generally available to the DoD community in early 2017."

Customers are required to complete a pre-qualification procedure for the authentication of their organization and their projected use of the Azure DoD environment in order to have an access to the Azure DoD regions. Upon successful completion of the said pre-qualification process, Microsoft will furnish the organizational applicant with further directions for creating of a subscription, accessing the environment and providing a role-based access control to other members of the organization.

The Microsoft Azure Government provides a cloud policy made upon the foundational principles of security, privacy & control, compliance, and transparency. Public Sector bodies receive a substantially inaccessible instance of Microsoft Azure that employs world-class safety and compliance services critical to U.S. government for all systems and applications assembled on its architecture. These services include FedRAMP and DoD compliance certifications, CJIS state-level agreements, the ability to issue HIPAA Business Associate Agreements, and support for IRS 1075. Operated by screened U.S. persons, Azure Government supports multiple hybrid scenarios for building and deploying solutions on-premises or in the cloud. Public Sector entities can also take advantage of the instant scalability and guaranteed uptime of a hyper-scale cloud service.

The Azure Government includes the core components of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). This includes infrastructure, network, storage, data management, identity management, and many other services.

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