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,…


Web App with Vnet Only Access using App Gateway – PowerShell Automation

Azure Web Apps provide a managed environment (PaaS) for hosting web applications. These environments have low operations and management overhead, which makes them a popular choice when moving applications to the cloud. The standard Web App offering is a multi-tenant environment configured for public access (with a publically accessible endpoint). When organizations want to host…


Sending Email from Web App using On-Prem SMTP Server and Storage Queue Relay

When organizations move web applications to the cloud, they often look to hosting environments such as Azure Web Apps. The Platform as a Service (PaaS) environments are very appealing because they reduce the operations and management overhead, but in some cases it turns out that things that used to be easy to do on-prem have…


Resources for building your Government CSP practice

Partners interested in reselling Azure Government can become an authorized Cloud Solution Provider for Government (Government CSP). To learn more, check out the Government CSP application process.   If you’re already a Government CSP and want to know how to create your first customer or even explore high level security and role-based access control, you…


Join us Feb 28: Cloud DemoPalooza – Azure Gov Style

We challenged our Azure Government DC user community to share 12-minute demos for this month’s Meetup, Cloud DemoPalooza – Azure Gov Style, to showcase cool tech to help accelerate your cloud implementation. Be sure to RSVP and join us for our Azure Gov DC Meetup on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 6 – 8:30 p.m., at 1776…


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…


Microsoft Azure Government leader honored with FCW 2018 Federal 100 Award

We’d like to congratulate the recently-announced 2018 Federal 100 Award winners, including Karina Homme, senior director, Azure Government, who was recognized for her many contributions to the federal government IT community. The Federal 100 Awards are presented annually by Federal Computer Week to recognize government and industry leaders who play pivotal roles in federal government…


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…


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….