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

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 experience, with the power to provision infrastructure and services at the fingertips of the developer. MS Azure Government (MAG)…

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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…


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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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…


ExpressRoute Dallas now available

ExpressRoute locations are facilities where ExpressRoute connections are available to Azure datacenters. We are happy to announce the lighting of the newest ExpressRoute in Dallas, US. This new location will be able to provide consumers in the area more convenience and allow them to save money as well. We will keep you updated as more…

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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…

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New Azure Government Onboarding Guides

The Azure Government Onboarding presentations have been refreshed with a new theme and updated content.  If you are an Azure Government customer and have not already scheduled your complimentary onboarding, we highly recommend that you schedule a time (see full instructions below).   The onboarding session will provide an overview and highlight best practices for Azure…

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Azure Disk Encryption availability for Azure Government cloud customers

Today, we announce the general availability of Azure disk encryption for Windows and Linux IaaS VMs in Azure Government cloud regions. With this announcement, Azure disk encryption for Windows and Linux IaaS Standard tier VMs (Std A, D, DS, G, GS etc series) is now generally available in all Azure Gov cloud regions to enable…

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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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