Strengthening cybersecurity for the DoD – accelerating compliance

Agencies such as the DoD can improve their threat detection and response times by using cloud-based security capabilities and cloud intelligence through Microsoft Azure Government. By shifting responsibilities to Azure, the DoD can get more security coverage, which enables them to reallocate security resources and budget to other agency priorities. Azure Government was the first…

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A hybrid approach for the Department of Defense

Today, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is taking significant steps to modernize existing systems, opening the door for the use of emerging technologies to increase speed and agility. Accelerating adoption of cloud technologies is critical to the DoD’s ability to maintain the long-term strategic advantage of US military forces. However, the DoD still has…

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Power BI Premium and Power BI Embedded available for Azure Government

Power BI Embedded and BI Premium are now generally available for Microsoft Azure Government, extending existing Power BI capabilities to support U.S. government agencies and their partners in advancing the mission Power BI Premium offers dedicated capacity for your organization or team, giving you more consistent performance and larger data volumes without requiring per-user licenses….

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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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Why cloud for state and local government?

With rapid technological advances, cities can now transform into smart cities with enhanced and interactive citizen services, better living, and increased economic growth. You can learn more about these opportunities by watching our on-demand webinar, The Benefits of Moving to the Cloud for State and Local Governments. Despite the many benefits, government agencies can find…

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A year in review for Azure Government

Looking back over the past year and seeing the progress we’ve made gives us a real sense of momentum as we continue to double-down on our investments in Azure Government in 2018. As the engineering lead for Azure Government, my team looks at everything from where we build datacenters, to what hardware and networking we…


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…


Federal agencies continue to advance capabilities with Azure Government

We’re continuing to see agencies advance their capabilities using Azure Government. Two agencies have recently issued new Authority to Operate (ATO) designations for Azure Government: the U.S. Air Force with a DoD Impact Level 4 ATO for its Common Computing Environment (CCE) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with a FedRAMP High ATO. DoD…