How can agencies address technical debt?

The federal government has an estimated $7 billion in technical debt causing increased risk to government as this debt accumulates. Much of this is due to agencies that have deferred maintenance or reduced funding for initiatives due to budgetary constraints. This tactic, left unmanaged, can lead to significant costs later especially if it results in…

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Register now: Cyber Agility with the Cloud webinar

Cloud enables an ever-accelerating pace of innovation and change. At the same time, cloud architecture challenges fundamental assumptions of on-premises cybersecurity practices; existing security and compliance frameworks simply can’t keep up. The next evolution of cybersecurity is a transition away from “best practice” models of security to a focus on our capability to disrupt adversaries….

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Balancing government innovation with modernization (MGT)

A 2016 Government Accountability Office (GAO) Study found that federal government invests over $80 billion on IT annually—but 75 percent of that money is being spent to maintain old and legacy systems. Even with the Modernizing Government Technology Act of 2017 and the proposed IT Modernization Fund, Federal CIOs need to find the right balance…

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Azure standard support for U.S. Azure Government customers

In response to customer requests for support that includes (1) a fixed monthly cost, (2) fast response times for critical cases, and (3) a plan that covers the entire organization, we’re pleased to announce important updates for Azure Standard support. With these changes, Azure now offers the most cost effective and predictable support offering. For…

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Federal agencies continue to advance capabilities with Azure Government

We’re continuing to see agencies advance their capabilities using Azure Government. Two agencies have recently issued new Authority to Operate (ATO) designations for Azure Government: the U.S. Air Force with a DoD Impact Level 4 ATO for its Common Computing Environment (CCE) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with a FedRAMP High ATO. DoD…


New course: How to leverage the power of cloud for government

Government needs the agility to respond to almost any situation. While cloud can enable this agility, many cloud models aren’t designed with government in mind, and don’t adhere to strict government security and regulation standards.   To provide insight into how government cloud solutions help agencies realize the benefits of cloud while remaining security compliant,…

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Announcing preview of new high performance computing capability: H-Series VMs

Late last year,  we announced that H-Series virtual machines were coming to Azure Government to support high performance computing (HPC)  workloads. I’m excited to announce that H-Series VMs are now in preview in US Gov Arizona . Customers can leverage this new capability for any unclassified workload including ITAR and FedRAMP High. These VMs support complex…


Join us Jan. 31! Jumpstart Your Move to the Cloud – Gov Edition

As we enter the New Year, many government agencies continue to resolve to take advantage of cloud computing. However, oftentimes, agencies find that they are stuck, unprepared and seeking ways to help them transition to the cloud. With these challenges in mind we are kicking off 2018 with a can’t-miss Meetup, Jumpstart Your Move to…

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Trends in Government Software Developers

A few months ago, StackOverflow published their findings on Trends in Government Software Developers. StackOverflow is the #1 source for software developers to find answers on the Internet and has been the leader in this space for years. Because StackOverflow is one of the most highly trafficked sites on the Internet, they have at their…


Optimize Uptime While Staying Secure

With the recent announcement of the industry-wide, hardware-based CPU vulnerability, organizations must ensure they have appropriately updated their infrastructure to secure their environment. Microsoft Azure Government customer environments were patched prior to the public announcement. Additionally, Microsoft publicly announced the patching procedures this week. If you are an Azure Government customer, you have peace of mind…