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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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…


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…


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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Unlock data insights to drive agency mission

Now more than ever, federal CIOs can leverage business intelligence (BI) and advanced analytics to simplify data management, unlock valuable insights, and use these insights to improve operations across their agencies. Advanced analytics allows CIOs to connect available data to their agency’s larger mission. Sophisticated tools and techniques enable CIOs to simultaneously extend the capabilities…

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Empower Federal Employees with Modern Technology

In Gartner’s Top Seven Priorities for U.S. Federal CIOs, they maintain that revitalizing the IT workforce should be looked at as an opportunity for CIOs to improve the quality of employees their organization has.[1] One  way of doing this is by modernizing the workforce with new and innovative technology. CIOs can leverage updated technology as…

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How Government is Using IoT to Provide Better Services to Citizens

A recent report by the International Data Corporation (IDC) estimates that by 2020 the number of devices connected to the internet will exceed 30 billion.[1] This web of connected devices, or Internet of Things (IoT), gives government agencies a new and unique opportunity to leverage innovative technology to provide better services to citizens. While IoT…

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Tableau Server now available in Azure Government Marketplace

Overview Government and its partners depend on business intelligence tools to visualize, analyze, and share data to make more informed decisions. Today we’ve expanded the portfolio of BI solutions available on Azure with the addition of Tableau Server in Azure Government. Tableau Server is now available in the Azure Government Marketplace, which means you can…

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