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Microsoft brings Azure Stack to Government Cloud

Microsoft wants to make it easier for agencies working with hybrid cloud infrastructures.  With Azure Stack for Azure Government, agencies have access to a core set of Azure services, whether their applications run in the cloud or on-premise.

Azure Stack is designed to provide a common look and feel in a hybrid environment through consistent approaches for Microsoft’s identity, subscription, registration, billing, backup and disaster recovery solutions. It helps agencies bring more core and advanced cloud services to the tactical edge without having to worry about latency or internet connectivity.

“As a cornerstone of Microsoft’s hybrid cloud approach, consistency means government customers get the same infrastructure and services with Azure Stack as they do with Azure -- the same APIs, DevOps tools, portal, and more,” Natalia Mackevicius, Azure Stack program director, wrote in a Aug. 13 blog post.

Azure Stack also allows agencies modernize their on-premise, legacy applications without moving them to a public cloud or changing code, DevOps tools, processes or people skills.  Agencies can also move between public, government-only and on-premise cloud environments as needed.

Azure Stack is built to run government workloads from low to high impact, and it is certified to manage workloads at a Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program high authorization level.

About the Author

Sara Friedman is a reporter/producer for GCN, covering cloud, cybersecurity and a wide range of other public-sector IT topics.

Before joining GCN, Friedman was a reporter for Gambling Compliance, where she covered state issues related to casinos, lotteries and fantasy sports. She has also written for Communications Daily and Washington Internet Daily on state telecom and cloud computing. Friedman is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she studied journalism, politics and international communications.

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