Azure Advisor in Preview in Azure Government

Azure Advisor is now in preview in Azure Government. Advisor is a free offering that helps you to follow best practices to optimize your Azure deployments. It analyzes your resource configuration and usage telemetry to recommend solutions that can help you improve the cost effectiveness, performance, and high availability of your Azure resources.  You can view…

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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…


Announcing preview of new high performance computing capability: H-Series VMs

Late last year,  we announced that H-Series virtual machines were coming to Azure Government to support high performance computing (HPC)  workloads. I’m excited to announce that H-Series VMs are now in preview in US Gov Arizona . Customers can leverage this new capability for any unclassified workload including ITAR and FedRAMP High. These VMs support complex…


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…


Web App Easy Auth Configuration using PowerShell

In a previous video with an associated blog post, we discussed the different forms of identity in Azure Government and how Web Apps written in .NET can be configured to use Azure Active Directory (AAD) identities in either Azure Government or Azure Commercial (Public). In that discussion and walk-through, the Azure portal was used to…


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…


Identity in Azure Government

In this episode of the Azure Government video series, Steve Michelotti talks with Bernie Ellis from the Azure Government Engineering team about Identity on Azure Government. Bernie starts out by talking about the three different Identity models and the things you need to know for each of the scenarios.  Bernie also discusses available protocols in…

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Building Real World Solution on Azure Government with Machine Learning 

In this episode of the Azure Government video series, Steve Michelotti sits down to talk with Vishwas Lele, CTO, Applied Information Sciences, about building real world solutions on Azure Government with Machine Learning. Vishwas describes a solution built for a classified customer in which machine learning is used to provide recommendations on relevant news articles…

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Change the Way Your Agency Thinks About the Cloud  

Cloud migration should be at the top of every Federal CIO’s priority list. [1]Cloud technology offers agencies the tools they need to drive impact with innovation in a rapidly changing digital world. With the cloud, CIOs can bring about digital transformation to support agency missions, using technology as the foundation of new approaches to citizen…

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Elevating the Value of the CIO

As the Microsoft Azure Government federal lead partnering with CIOs, I’m often asked: “What are the top priorities for modernizing government?” With new legislation empowering CIOs to take a greater leadership role in transforming the business of government, we’re seeing new opportunities to innovate while reducing technology debt A recent report from Gartner Top Seven…

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