Virtual Desktop Infrastructure on Azure Government

In this episode of the Azure Government video series, Steve Michelotti sits down with Steve Downs from the Azure Government Engineering team to discuss Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) on Azure Government. What is VDI? How is it different from traditional Remote Desktop? Why do customers use VDI and, most importantly, how does VDI help government…


Strengthen cybersecurity with an enterprise risk mindset

Cybersecurity is one of the biggest issues facing federal Chief Information Officers (CIOs). Evolving security is recognized across the board as an important challenge that needs to be addressed swiftly and in a continuous fashion. Security is always top of mind for CIOs, and one of the major challenges of introducing new technology is ensuring…

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Microsoft Tech Summit is going government – register today!

Announcing the Microsoft Government Tech Summit coming to Washington DC March 5-6, 2018! Build your cloud skills during this free technical learning event for IT professionals and developers. We’re hitting the road with our top engineers to bring you two days of in-depth sessions, networking opportunities, industry insights, and hands-on skill building with the experts…

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Conquering the Upfront Cost Barrier to IoT

According to a recent report from the International Data Center (IDC), How government organizations look at IoT, the top three roadblocks to IoT deployment are upfront costs, security, and privacy.[1]  Over 30 billion devices are estimated to be connected to the internet by 2020.[2] The Internet of Things (IoT) can offer government agencies new and…

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HDInsight Extension for VS Code now available in Azure Government

We are excited to announce that the HDInsight Extension tool for VS Code has been extended to the Azure Government environment. HDInsight developers now can easily access their Azure Government subscription through this extension with a few clicks. HDInsight Tools for VS Code supports Hive Interactive Query, Hive Batch as well as PySpark Interactive and…

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Migrate user workspaces to Azure Government with Citrix Xenapp/XenDesktop 7.16

In October, we announced that Citrix Cloud included the ability to provision non-persistent user workspaces into Azure Government and today I’m pleased to share that Citrix’s traditional on-premises XenApp and XenDesktop products also includes that capability – with the release of XenApp/XenDesktop 7.16.  Provisioning user workspaces straight from your existing on-premises Citrix XenApp & XenDesktop…


Harnessing the intelligent cloud for Defense

The rapid evolution of technology and the exploitation of data, machine intelligence and on-demand computing power is changing the landscape of defense. This is leading to a massive shift in how the United States Department of Defense (DoD) is looking to adopt cloud computing services to rapidly innovate, extend its mission capabilities and stay ahead…

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Advancing your cloud journey

According to a survey of Federal CIOs from the International Data Corporation, [1]IDC MaturityScape Benchmark: Cloud in Federal Civilian Agencies in the United States, 2017, 86.4% of respondents are operating beneath the highest stage of cloud maturity. These respondents represent technology decision makers across 104 federal civilian agencies. In the survey, IDC establishes a series…

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Team Foundation Server in Azure Government

Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) is a great platform for orchestrating your DevOps. It makes it easy to mix and match the tools you like to use for your CI/CD environment while providing a hosted platform for tying it all together. However, the Software as a Service (SaaS) version of VSTS is not always the…

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Azure Government Technical Community

In this episode of the Azure Government video series, Steve Michelotti talks with Gerardo Saca of the Azure Government Engineering team about the Azure Government technical community. Are you a developer or IT Pro that considers yourself a part of the Azure Government technical community? If not, why not? Steve and Saca talk about numerous…

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