Microsoft’s Updated Azure Government Platform Could Help Land Additional Government Contracts
New features of the Azure Government platform should boost adoption of Microsoft’s cloud computing business, especially among federal, state and local agencies.
Microsoft has seen steady growth in its cloud computing business over the past several years. In 2016, Microsoft commanded 7.1% of the public cloud service market, up from 5.8% in 2015, based on data from Gartner.
Microsoft’s newest cloud computing product should allow the Redmond computing giant to continue to see success, especially with government agencies.
Details about Microsoft’s new Azure Government Platform
Microsoft’s new Azure Government platform is designed specifically for federal, state, and local government organizations that must meet strict regulatory and security requirements. In addition to its existing government platform, Microsoft just launched Azure Government Secret, which offers additional security features.
In 2016, the Defense Information Systems Agency allowed Impact Level 5 data to be housed in the Azure Government cloud, which was a huge milestone for Microsoft. Azure Government Secret allows government customers to store highly classified information featuring the latest in security technologies such as blockchain. The platform also utilizes artificial intelligence and other forms of detailed analytics to help customers understand the data that is being collected.
Microsoft ahead of the pack when it comes to government customers
Microsoft received the Impact Level 5 provisional level from the Department of Defense back in 2016, before any other cloud computing provider, including Amazon, which just received approval in October of 2017.
Microsoft is largely targeting the Department of Defense and other agencies that must work with top secret data with its Azure Government Secret platform. This sector of the cloud computing industry is only thought to grow as more government entities look to securely store their classified data in the cloud.
Azure Security Center integral for Azure Government customers
The Azure Government platform is powered by Azure Security Center, which offers a variety of features for customers looking to monitor and report on their cloud computing resources.
• Apply security policies to ensure compliance with necessary security standards
• Monitor security for both on-premises and cloud workloads
• Find and resolve security issues before they can be exploited
• Utilize advanced analytics and artificial intelligence to spot attacks
• Block malicious attacks through network access controls
• Simplify how threats are handled through rapid response
Microsoft 365 coming to federal agencies in 2018
Another big announcement from Microsoft is that Microsoft 365 will be released to federal agencies sometime in the first half of 2018. Microsoft 365 will encompass Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security into one cloud offering, which will be good news for federal agencies.
Interested in learning more about the Azure Government platform?
If you’re interested in learning how the Azure Government platform can boost productivity and security within your government organization, contact the MessageOps experts today. We’re long-time Azure partners and have helped a number of government entities make the move to the cloud.