Microsoft Introduces Azure-Based, Government-Only Cloud
October 8, 2013 1:22 PM
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There's no specific release date for the new government cloud, but Microsoft said it's coming soon
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
. 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.
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