Azure Import / Export – Working with FIPS and other security controls

I was recently working with one of our government customers that wanted to make use of a newer offering: Azure Import/Export. Now I know what you’re saying… “Chase, this has been out since 2014.” True, this isn’t a new service to Azure, but it was recently accredited and made generally available to the Azure Government…


Connect Visual Studio to MS Azure Government

Update: For the latest documentation on connecting via Visual Studio.  Check out the Azure Environment Selector for VS 2017! The Visual Studio (VS) IDE is a powerful development tool. Coupled with the massive list of development tools it provides, Visual Studio also allows servers to be managed.  This capability provides an end-to-end development and test…

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New portal in preview for Azure Government

We are happy to provide a preview of our new Azure Government Portal (http://portal.azure.us). This portal provides an integrated experience allowing users to manage their Azure services and applications. Services included in the preview of the new Azure Government Portal are – Virtual machines (classic), Cloud services (classic), Storage accounts (classic), Virtual networks (classic), Audit…

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With 23 states (and growing) - Microsoft is the CJIS cloud leader

In December 2012 Microsoft was the first hyperscale cloud provider to contractually attest to the applicable CJIS controls with a signed CJIS management agreement and CJIS Security Addendum. It was three years before any cloud provider. Since 2012, we have worked one-by-one to sign agreements with 23 other states and our goal of reaching all…


Azure Government adding F-Series VMs to USGov Iowa

Today we are announcing the addition of the F-Series VMs to Azure Government’s USGov Iowa datacenter. As noted in the initial release of F-Series VMs in Azure, these VMs have: the same CPU performance as the Dv2-Series of VMs with 2GB of memory per CPU core at a lower per-hour price. the best value in…


Building a solution on Azure Government Part I: Cognitive Services

The Microsoft Azure Government platform is rapidly innovating with new services being introduced all the time. We have recently announced HDInsight and Power BI as GA on Azure Government. These data-centric services unlock a world of possibilities for your organization to process massive amount of data. In this developer-centric walk-through, I will show you how…


Azure Government HackFest + Training Recap

Our first Azure Government HackFest + Training event is in the books and it was a great event! We were thrilled to see so many enthusiastic developers and IT Pros in Azure Government interested in learning new things and getting even more hands-on with Azure Government.   The first day of the event was marked…


Welcome to the Azure Government Blog

Welcome to the Azure Government Blog.  With the release of Azure Government last year we continue to hear amazing success stories of how Azure Government is helping Agencies be more agile with their development and testing capabilities, how police are aggressively leveraging the environment to help usher in a new way of policing and we are excited by…


Check us out at Virtual Azure Gov Discovery Day tomorrow!

Strengthen security and compliance, uncover critical insights, and modernize infrastructure with Microsoft Azure Government Checkout the presentations tomorrow for Virtual Azure Gov Discovery Day event! You’ll hear from industry leaders, analysts, and experts featuring Tom Keane, general manager, Microsoft and Steve Michelotti, senior program manager, Azure Government, who discuss how your agency can achieve more…


What type of SQL on Azure is right for me?

***** NOTE: take a look at this video, while not Azure Gov specific, it goes into much more depth on this topic: https://channel9.msdn.com/Series/SAIIK-SQL-Server-on-Azure-IaaS-Implementation-Kit/SAIIK-PaaS-vs-IaaS   I get asked this question frequently by customers. Figured I would share my thoughts on the topic with you guys, and some links to some helpful resources.   First thing you…

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