Microsoft launches Azure Government platform in the US

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 10 December 2014
Microsoft launches Azure Government platform in the US

Microsoft has made its Azure Government platform generally available in the US, with Dynamics CRM Online for Government soon to follow.

The Microsoft Azure Government and Dynamics CRM Online for Government platforms, as well as the already-available Office 365 Government platform, have been designed to help government agencies integrate disparate on-premises, cloud and data systems, while enabling seamless communication and collaboration.

The new platforms’ availability was revealed at the Government Cloud Summit event, which takes place in Washington D.C, US.

“The Microsoft Cloud for Government is the most complete cloud for any government organisation aiming to be more productive, agile and efficient in today’s mobile-first and cloud-first world,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “We are proud to offer Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online to the growing number of government agencies that are ready to deploy leading-edge cloud computing solutions.”

Aimed at US state, local and federal government agencies, Microsoft Azure Government integrates services such as compute resources, storage, data, networking and applications, hosting them in Microsoft data centres located across the country and managed by cleared US personnel.

The Azure Government provides hybrid, hyperscale, and enterprise-grade solutions to enable agencies to run their selected operating systems, languages and application in Microsoft’s government cloud, public cloud or their own data centre.

The company’s Cloud for Government platforms aim to meet or exceed public sector security, privacy and compliance standards, helping government organisations enable vital citizen services while keeping costs down.

Dynamics CRM Online for Government will be generally available in January 2015 and is based on the Microsoft Dynamics public cloud offering. Dynamics customers will be able to use existing on-premises investments and benefit from integration with Azure and Office 365 government community clouds. 

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