Microsoft's Bringing Azure Stack to Government Customers

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And that the new Platform is designed for governments and agencies with requirements for on-field servers, for example, it can be used in a military operation or an embassy overseas.

In an effort to compete with Amazon's increasing influencing in the public-sector cloud computing market, Microsoft has revealed that it will be integrating its hybrid cloud platform, Azure Stack, with Azure Government this year.

At present, Microsoft has a huge array of central government clients, including the Small Business Administration (SBA), US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the US Air Force and numerous USA's city and state governments.

Azure Stack, which is an on-premises version of its public cloud infrastructure, was announced back in May 2015 and finally released during last September's Microsoft Ignite conference. She promised Azure Stack would be made available in "mid-2018", without providing an exact date. Enabling Azure Stack on Azure Government also means government IT departments can easily switch between public, government-only, and on-premise cloud environments depending on their specific needs at any time (for example, if there's a specific cyber threat or geopolitical changes).

Mackevicius added that the combination of Azure Stack and Azure Government can enable government customers to support the full-spectrum of unclassified and classified data and special access programs, and to support various data export policies.

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"Traditionally the competition for the public sector infrastructure as a service load was addressed with dedicated data centers, but that can not address state load and demands", Mueller said.

Azure is a popular cloud platform for business, but firms need to ensure their applications, underlying cloud infrastructure and data are protected.

"Cisco has data center solutions in most government agencies", said Nick Michaelides, VP of US Public Sector for Federal at Cisco.

This week, in Washington D.C, the Government Technology Summit is being held and as you would expect, Microsoft is there making several announcements. It can also help meet regulatory requirements for government entities, including embassies or military bases in foreign countries where local cloud services may be restricted on account of data sovereignty laws.

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