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Microsoft Cloud for Government extends leadership in compliance with FedRAMP High, CJIS expansion and DISA Impact Levels 4 and Level 5 investments



Last week in Washington, DC, Microsoft confirmed that Azure Government was one of the cloud service providers selected to participate in the FedRAMP High Pilot to build the High Impact Baseline. We completed the pilot process and successfully submitted for a High Impact Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) for our Azure Government environment. We anticipate signature of our P-ATO by the end of the month. This is the highest impact level for FedRAMP accreditation.  Building on the successful FedRAMP High pilot completion, Azure Government is on track to achieve DISA Impact Level 4 authorization shortly.  To further extend our commitment to providing high levels of security controls and compliance required for government data, Azure Government is adding two new regions for US Department of Defense data, designed to meet DISA Impact Level 5.

There are a lot of acronyms in here, but the take-away is that Microsoft is committed to maintaining the most secure cloud for our government customers.  No one else in the industry is leading this charge or making these investments.

Read the Microsoft Blog entry for more details on these announcements, as well as some news about additional services being made available in the Azure Government Cloud.

Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview


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Microsoft Azure Stack is a new hybrid cloud platform product that enables organizations to deliver Azure services from their own datacenter.  Find out how you can leverage Azure security and management solutions on premises.  This Azure Stack page has more information and a link to download the preview.


Announcing SQL Server Express images in the Azure Gallery

SQL Server Express is a version of SQL Server you can use for dev/test and web and mobile apps with lightweight relational database needs. SQL Server Express works great with your favorite programming languages such as .NET, JDBC, PHP, etc., and behind your favorite web applications such as WordPress and Drupal.

SQL Server Express has a limit of 1 GB of memory and 10 GB per database. The images include the core SQL Server Engine as well as SQL Server Management Studio.

The SQL Server Express licensing is free, so you only need to pay for running the virtual machine. Pause the virtual machine when you don’t need it and resume it when you want to maximize cost savings.


SQL Server Express in the Marketplace

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Azure Government adds Azure Backup

As part of our continued momentum with new capabilities on Microsoft Azure Government, we are excited to announce backup of your Azure IaaS VMs using Azure Backup. Protection of Azure IaaS VMs will help number of government customers in state and local, federal civilian and defense, plus over a hundred solution partners with dedicated government practices to leverage the cloud for critical business needs by backing up their assets on cloud.

We also enabled Microsoft Azure Backup server, a feature of Azure Backup to protect workloads to disk and cloud, for all Azure Government customers. Customers can leverage this Microsoft Azure Backup server to backup their key Microsoft workloads like SQL, SharePoint and Exchange to Azure.

Read more here...

Live Webcast Series - The Modern Datacenter

Our Government CIOs keep asking us how they could get their IT departments out of the business of managing routine, manual, error-prone tasks so they could shift their energy from daily firefighting tasks and focus on new IT innovations, automation and deployment activities that delight their employees and citizens.

Microsoft Modern Datacenter solutions can help you rethink your approach to maintaining and managing Datacenters and leverage the capabilities that not only enhance IT Service Management but also Infrastructure Deployment and Application Management as well.

Please join us in November for three free Modern Datacenter webcasts recommended for CIO’s, IT Directors and IT Managers.

Watch to learn:

  • How you can rethink your approach to maintaining and managing Datacenters
  • How you can capitalize your existing investments in hardware, software, and people
  • How you can build a logical extension to your existing Datacenter and Microsoft Cloud services
  • How to plan effectively and maximize efficiency that allows you to identify issues, gain better insight and maximize performance
  • How to make more informed decisions, gain agility, and deliver services to citizens and employees more efficiently
  • How to gain a unified datacenter management experience with out-of-the-box monitoring, provisioning, configuration, automation, protection and self-service capabilities

We look forward to your attendance! Register now.


Azure Site Recovery integration with SQL Server AlwaysOn in public preview



Azure Site Recovery now provides native support for SQL Server AlwaysOn. SQL Server Availability Groups can be added to a recovery plan along with VMs. All the capabilities of your recovery plan—including sequencing, scripting, and manual actions—can be leveraged to orchestrate the failover of a multitier application using an SQL database configured with AlwaysOn replication. Site Recovery is now available through Microsoft Operations Management Suite, the all-in-one IT management solution for Windows or Linux, across on-premises or cloud environments. For more information, please visit the Site Recovery webpage.