Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Technology | By Russell Knight

Microsoft to offer governments local version of Azure cloud service

Microsoft to offer governments local version of Azure cloud service

"Azure Stack is an extension of Azure, and government customers can leverage these powerful hybrid capabilities to bring core and advanced cloud services to the edge, whether it's field office, tank or aircraft", she said. With the cloud computing market predicted to grow to $74.7bn in 2018, both companies are improving their offerings to attract a wider range of clients.

The combination of Azure Stack, Microsoft's localized cloud product, and Azure Government, a Microsoft version of the cloud that is customized for the governments.

The tech firm has also unveiled a government edition of Microsoft 365.

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At present, Microsoft has a huge array of central government clients, including the Small Business Administration (SBA), US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the US Air Force and numerous USA's city and state governments.

"Azure Stack will integrate with Azure Government, enabling consistent connections to Azure Government across identity, subscription, billing, backup and disaster recovery, and the Azure Marketplace".

The integrated offering is designed specifically for agencies such as militaries or embassies who require on-premise servers. Government contracts typically span several years, are stable clients, and re-occurring which means landing a customer in this segment is a long-term path to increased revenue. "The solution looks to address the most critical enterprise security requirements for Microsoft Azure and empowers customers to build applications on the Microsoft Azure cloud with the peace of mind that their applications, underlying cloud infrastructure and enterprise data are protected", Gupta said.

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"Traditionally the competition for the public sector infrastructure as a service load was addressed with dedicated data centers, but that can not address state load and demands", Mueller said.

Continuing with the announcements, Microsoft also said it's planning to make two new Azure Government regions available in the USA, bringing the total number to eight. With these two new data centers, Microsoft will now have a total of eight regions that are enabled for storing data that is classified as Secret.

Because of this, government agencies will not have to rely on a public cloud service - meaning they can avoid having to connect over potentially insecure internet connections, with their data held and managed by a third party. Unlike many online publications, we don't have a paywall or run banner advertising, because we want to keep our journalism open, without influence or the need to chase traffic.

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