Application Security Groups now generally available in Azure Government

We are pleased to announce general availability of Application Security Groups (ASG) in all Azure regions including Azure Government. This feature provides security micro-segmentation for your virtual networks in Azure. The detailed announcement can be viewed here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/applicationsecuritygroups/ ASGs provide many security and manageability benefits such as: Network security micro segmentation ASGs enable you to…

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Azure Government Now Consumes EA Monetary Commitment

Red Hat Enterprise Linux now consumes EA Monetary Commitment Azure Marketplace third-party reseller services now use Azure monetary commitment We are expanding the use of Azure Monetary Commitment! As of March 1, 2018, the third-party reseller services available on the Azure Marketplace—and listed below—consume Enterprise Agreement (EA) monetary commitment. Previously these services were billed outside…

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Expanding Azure Government Marketplace – March 2018

Sarah Weldon, Azure Government Azure Government Marketplace ecosystem continues to grow! Since December 2017, over 80 new offers went live in Azure Government. We highlight a few including new publishers below: CentOS 7.4 – Rogue Wave Software (formerly OpenLogic) Data Flow Instance Powered by Apache Nifi – Onyx Point, Inc. Dynatrace Managed for Government -…

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Accelerated Networking for both Windows and Linux is now generally available in Azure Government

We are happy to announce that Accelerated Networking (AN) for both Windows and Linux is now generally available in Azure Government. Accelerated networking provides consistent ultra-low network latency via Azure’s in-house programmable hardware and technologies such as SR-IOV. By moving much of Azure’s software-defined networking stack off the CPUs and into FPGA-based SmartNICs, compute cycles…

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VNet Service Endpoints for Azure SQL Database now generally available in Azure Government

The Azure Networking team has announced the general availability of Virtual Network (VNet) Service Endpoints for Azure SQL Database in all Azure regions, including Azure Government. The announcement can be seen here: VNet Service Endpoints for Azure SQL Database now generally available VNet Service Endpoints for Azure SQL Database allow customers to isolate connectivity to…

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Networking features recently made generally available in Azure Government

The Azure Government team continually strives to bring the latest Azure platform features to Azure Government.  In this post I highlight networking features that have recently been made generally available in Azure Government. Network Watcher Network Watcher is a regional service that enables you to monitor and diagnose conditions at a network scenario level in,…

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Securing IaaS workloads for Department of Defense

  By Jason Henderson, Cloud Solutions Architect Kyle Hoyer, Technical Solutions Professional Derek Strausbaugh, Principal Program Manager, Azure Global A rapidly increasing number of DoD customers deploying IaaS workloads to Azure have been asking for guidance setting up secure virtual networks and configuring the security tools and services stipulated by DoD standards and practice. DISA…


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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