As we continue to focus on helping government customers secure their mission end to end, we’d like to share a set of new Azure capabilities to help US government customers deliver breakthrough outcomes. For in-depth coverage of these announcements and more, read Julia White’s blog ‘Enabling intelligent cloud and intelligent edge solutions for government.’
Update on Azure Government Secret regions
Last October, we announced Azure Government Secret and the expansion of our mission-critical cloud with new regions enabled for Secret U.S. classified data or Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Impact Level 6 workloads. These new regions will be available by the end of the first quarter of 2019.
Azure Data Box, Data Box Edge, and Data Box Heavy available for government customers
For government agencies who may have mission needs in environments where connectivity and cloud access are limited or unavailable, Azure Data Box Edge enables you to pre-process data at the edge and move data to Azure efficiently. Azure Data Box Heavy offers a rugged, secure, tamper-resistant appliance with 1 petabyte of storage for transporting customer data to an Azure datacenter. By bringing the expanded family of Data Box offerings to our government customers, we expect to enable critical mission scenarios requiring analysis of larger volumes of data, wherever that data is gathered.
Azure Reservations now available for Azure Government
To help government agencies take advantage of cloud services rapidly and with minimal friction, we’re announcing Azure Reservations now available for Azure Government. Azure Reservations enable you to budget and forecast more easily with up-front payment for one and three-year terms.
Announcing Azure FastTrack for Government
Enhanced deployment support with Azure FastTrack for Government gives you access to design and architecture planning, as well as configuration of services, all based out of offices in Washington, D.C.
Expanded FedRAMP coverage for Azure, continuing broadest support in the industry
Microsoft is announcing the expansion of our FedRAMP Moderate coverage for our public cloud regions. A total of 50 services are now available, creating new opportunities across a broad array of federal agencies. For those government agencies with citizenship requirements and more controlled access to certain types of data, Azure Government will continue to offer services at FedRAMP High, with the addition of the government cloud guarantees around heightened screening of personnel, management exclusively by U.S. citizens, and other important protections.
In addition to these updates we’re announcing several new partnerships focused on enabling mission-critical workloads in the cloud. Read the full announcement for more detail on these initiatives.