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There's no specific release date for the new government cloud, but Microsoft said it's coming soon

Microsoft announced that it will release a cloud service specifically for U.S. state, local, and federal government agencies.

The new service -- which was codenamed "Fairfax," but is now officially called Windows Azure U.S. Government Cloud -- was announced during a press briefing in San Francisco yesterday. It aims to provide a safe, separate place for government data.

Windows Azure US Government Cloud will be Azure-hosted in Microsoft's data centers located in Iowa and Virginia, but government customers will still be able to choose public, private or a hybrid solution.


According to Microsoft, all data, hardware, and supporting systems will be in the continental U.S., and data will stay on servers that only contain data from other U.S. federal, state, and local government customers. Also, all operating personnel will be U.S. residents screened for PPT-Moderate clearance.

"The U.S. government is eager to realize the benefits of the cloud, adopting a Cloud First policy for new investments," said Susie Adams, Federal Chief Technology Advisor for Microsoft. "Microsoft is committed to supporting these initiatives and is uniquely positioned to offer the flexibility U.S. government agencies need."

The new government-based cloud service is similar to what Microsoft did for Office 365. The company sells a customized version of its Office 365 app platform for government called, well, Office 365 for Government.

There's no specific release date for the new government cloud, but Microsoft said it's coming soon.

Source: Microsoft



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RE: what a joke
By frozenassets on 10/8/2013 2:28:33 PM , Rating: 1
Well, regardless of motive he does have a point.

I support an environment of roughly 1000 Windows servers and 300 IBM Aix servers.

I get paged practically every night for a windows server, hung, needs a reboot, security patching went sideways, application support asking to reboot because of a memory leak etc etc etc.

Very very rarely do I get paged for an Aix box. Even more rare? iSeries, I get paged about once a year.

That said they have different roles. Windows servers for us are the general purpose workhorses meant to run small applications that aren't mission critical. The mission critical stuff is always ran on either Aix or iSeries (AS400)


RE: what a joke
By Ammohunt on 10/8/2013 2:51:39 PM , Rating: 3
Don't blame you inability to manage Windows properly or craptastical software(which their is a lot of in the windows ecosystem) on the Operating system. Purpose for purpose such as in a Database role(if built by people that know what they are doing..like me) modern Windows is just as stable and reliable as *nix.


RE: what a joke
By bah12 on 10/8/2013 4:44:20 PM , Rating: 2
Then you seriously have a problem. I have one Server 2008 R2 box that has been up for 170 days. Either you have very poorly written apps running on the windows boxes, or you have a very poorly designed setup.


RE: what a joke
By Lord 666 on 10/8/2013 4:58:25 PM , Rating: 1
Then you are an irresponsible junior level hack admin.

There have been a plethora of updates for R2 that require reboots.


RE: what a joke
By inighthawki on 10/8/2013 5:36:57 PM , Rating: 2
Pardon my ignorance, since I've never actually run a Windows server before, but can you explain? Do the server variants of Windows receive more frequent updates than the client versions? Otherwise I can't really see how you would need to update any less frequently than once a month (patch Tuesday).

Thanks.


RE: what a joke
By extide on 10/8/2013 6:21:01 PM , Rating: 2
You seem to have answered you own question then, or maybe you are unaware of how many days there are in a month...


RE: what a joke
By inighthawki on 10/8/2013 6:30:02 PM , Rating: 3
He just made it sound from his comment:
"There have been a plethora of updates for R2 that require reboots."

like it requires reboots on a daily or weekly basis or something. I was just clarifying. I wasn't trying to take sides, just a legitimate question to understand the argument is all.


RE: what a joke
By SoCalBoomer on 10/9/2013 3:07:16 PM , Rating: 2
Most of the updates on Server don't require a reboot. And I would say that my rack of Server 2008r2 machines haven't needed an UNSCHEDULED reboot in . . . well, I've had them for 18 months so . . . 18 months.


RE: what a joke
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/10/2013 2:49:00 PM , Rating: 2
Or, he runs this box at home and doesn't want to do the updates?


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