Azure Government

Insights, how-tos and updates for building solutions on Microsoft's cloud for US government

Migrate and Modernize with Kubernetes on Azure Government

In this episode of the Azure Government video series, Steve Michelotti, principal program manager, Microsoft Azure Government, sits down with Vishwas Lele, CTO, AIS, to discuss migrating and modernizing with Kubernetes on Azure Government.
The discussion begins with Vishwas explaining the “traditional” approaches for migrating workloads to the cloud:

Rehost (lift-n-shift)
Refactor (PaaS approach)
Reimagine (cloud-native rewrite)

Each of these traditional approaches has pros and cons.

The need for speed: DevOps in gov

Keeping pace with mission demands is an increasing challenge for government. Developers are on the hook to deliver new capabilities to their agencies faster than ever.
To hear how DevOps and cloud can help agencies accelerate their mission speed and capabilities,

DoD IL5 scope expands to all Azure Government regions

Earlier this month we announced that Microsoft has expanded the IL5 Provisional Authorization (PA) granted by the Department of Defense (DoD) to all Azure Government regions. This expanded coverage brings more PaaS features and services at Impact Level 5 (IL5) to customers than any other cloud provider.

Enabling government to advance the mission

Azure Government Secret now in private preview and pending accreditation 
Azure Government Secret delivers comprehensive and mission enabling cloud services to US Federal Civilian, Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community (IC), and US government partners working within Secret enclaves.
Developed using the same foundational principles and architecture as Azure commercial cloud,

Join us! How AI is creating what’s next in government

As AI emerges from research labs and IT back offices and into the mainstream, the transformational possibilities of AI for both businesses and government are enormous. According to the Executive Order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence, released earlier this year,

Is there an easy button for gov IT modernization?

To keep up with our country’s pace of innovation and ensure mission success, government agencies are under more pressure than ever to accelerate their IT modernization projects (and for some, just get them off the ground!). As agencies incur various challenges in their progress,

Welcome to the new Azure Government Blog

Today, we launched the Azure Government Blog on the Microsoft Dev Blogs platform which provides a more user-friendly design and better capabilities to help you stay connected with our developer community even when you’re AFK (away from keyboard).
Over the last few months,

Announcements

Azure Government expands FedRAMP High coverage

10 new services added to FedRAMP High ATO as part of ongoing work to make commercial innovation more accessible to government agencies
Microsoft now has 67 services covered by the FedRAMP High Provisional Authorization to Operate (P-ATO) for Azure Government in the continental United States.

DoD IL5 scope expands to all Azure Government regions

Earlier this month we announced that Microsoft has expanded the IL5 Provisional Authorization (PA) granted by the Department of Defense (DoD) to all Azure Government regions. This expanded coverage brings more PaaS features and services at Impact Level 5 (IL5) to customers than any other cloud provider.

Enabling government to advance the mission

Azure Government Secret now in private preview and pending accreditation 
Azure Government Secret delivers comprehensive and mission enabling cloud services to US Federal Civilian, Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community (IC), and US government partners working within Secret enclaves.
Developed using the same foundational principles and architecture as Azure commercial cloud,

Welcome to the new Azure Government Blog

Today, we launched the Azure Government Blog on the Microsoft Dev Blogs platform which provides a more user-friendly design and better capabilities to help you stay connected with our developer community even when you’re AFK (away from keyboard).
Over the last few months,

The Azure Government blog is moving to a new platform

Tomorrow, we’ll be moving the Azure Government blog to a new platform. What will stay the same is our focus on serving our government customers and partners with a dedicated channel for all things Azure Government.
With our new channel under Microsoft Dev Blogs,

Azure Advisor for Azure Government now generally available

Azure Advisor is a free Azure service that analyzes your Azure usage and configurations and provides personalized recommendations to help you optimize your resources for high availability, security, performance, and cost. Azure Advisor is now generally available (GA) for Azure Government.

Join us for the Azure Government Innovation Tour – coming to a city near you!

If you’re a government-focused developer, IT pro, or mission leader striving to learn the latest on Azure Government and optimize your skills and productivity, be sure to register today and join us for our Azure Government Innovation Tour coming to Raleigh,

Fall roundup of recent Azure Government announcements

We’re continuing to focus on delivering the innovations our government customers and partners have requested. In this blog, you’ll find a brief summary of our recent announcements from late summer and early fall for your reference.
Also, we invite you to join us for the Microsoft Ignite | The Tour | Government,

Cloud-based capabilities help public safety agencies keep communities safe

From call to case closure, public safety agencies depend on flexible and secure digital solutions. It’s why we’re pleased to announce Motorola Solutions has selected Microsoft Azure Government as the cloud provider for its public safety software suite.
One of the most comprehensive in the industry,

Reducing risk and driving quality in the aerospace supply chain

With one of the most complex and distributed supply chains in the world, aerospace and defense manufacturers need to demonstrate compliance with numerous regulations including AS9100, ITAR, EAR, and FedRAMP. Inside their supply chain, this requires compiling data on each manufactured component from an enormous number of subcontractors and suppliers of those subcontractors.

Award

Microsoft Azure Government leader honored with FCW 2018 Federal 100 Award

We’d like to congratulate the recently-announced 2018 Federal 100 Award winners, including Karina Homme, senior director, Azure Government, who was recognized for her many contributions to the federal government IT community.
The Federal 100 Awards are presented annually by Federal Computer Week to recognize government and industry leaders who play pivotal roles in federal government IT.

Cloud Strategy

Fast Deduplication with NetBackup CloudCatalyst for the Azure Government Cloud

Got Back Up? Anyone who has a basement or even a closet in their home, knows the sometimes painful necessity of clearing out space and managing storage. Government agencies embarking on digital transformation can also feel the pain of runaway costs due to storage accumulation for backups.

Announcing Microsoft Azure Government services in the Cloud Solution Provider program

We are excited to announce that Azure Government services are now available through the Cloud Solution Provider program (CSP). The CSP program enables partners to make Microsoft Cloud services part of their customer offerings, expanding U.S. government customer options in meeting their mission goals.

Azure Government HackFest + Training Recap

Our first Azure Government HackFest + Training event is in the books and it was a great event! We were thrilled to see so many enthusiastic developers and IT Pros in Azure Government interested in learning new things and getting even more hands-on with Azure Government.

Microsoft Azure Government Expands Support for Defense Industrial Base and Defense Contractors – Announcing Support for DFARS Requirements

Microsoft is furthering its commitment to U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) contractors and the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) by announcing support for Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) requirements for Azure Government Services. This allows DoD’s mission partners to host Covered Defense Information (CDI) in Microsoft’s secure,

Register and join us May 12: Defense Contracting: Delivering on the Demands of Secure Cloud for DOD

Register to join Washington Technology and Microsoft on Friday, May 12, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., for a free morning event, at the Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner. Defense contractors, systems integrators and members of the Defense Industrial Base will gather to hear insights into technologies and strategies that can help deliver secure commercial cloud solutions.

Azure Friday video featuring Azure Government!

In the newest episode of Azure Friday, Steve Michelotti talks with Scott Hanselman about Azure Government, which provides a separate physical and network-isolated instance of Azure for federal, state, and local governments with a higher level of compliance for US Government workloads.

The Azure Podcast: featuring Azure Government

In the latest episode of The Azure Podcast, Steve Michelotti of the Azure Government engineering sits down with The Azure Podcast team to discuss the latest and greatest of Azure Government. Steve also provides an update on what is going on in Azure Government including:

The two new DoD specific datacenters
How Azure Government is the only publicly available government cloud with DISA L5
Differences between Azure public and Azure Government
And more!

Microsoft Azure IaaS Architecture Best Practices for ARM

How to design and build an enterprise infrastructure in Azure using the Azure Resource Manager portal
Getting started in Azure is easy to do, and you can have production workloads running in the cloud in very little time. However, there are some essential aspects of the Azure platform that require some forethought and planning.

Veterans Affairs issues FedRAMP High ATO for Microsoft Azure Government

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the US government’s largest civilian agency, has issued a FedRAMP High Authority to Operate (ATO) for Microsoft Azure Government. This validates that the Microsoft Azure Government cloud meets all security and compliance standards necessary to handle VA’s most sensitive data,

Microsoft Azure Government adds Premium Storage and expanded Virtual Machine image coverage

<Cross posted from the Azure Blog.>
Today, I am pleased to announce additional functionality for Microsoft Azure Government. In support of key customer requests, and service portfolio expansion, we have added support for Premium Storage and several additional pre-configured Virtual Machine images. 

Compute

How to configure TLS versions in App Service and Functions apps in Azure Government

TLS (Transport Layer Security) protocols provide privacy and data integrity for establishing secured connections between applications. Over the period of time TLS has evolved and new versions have continued to fix vulnerabilities in older versions and also add newer capabilities. As Azure Government customers continue to optimize security of their cloud based applications and solutions,

Azure Functions portal experience now available in Azure Government

Creating and managing your Azure Functions in Azure Government just got easier with the availability of the Azure Functions portal experience. The rich portal experience allows you to create, manage and monitor your functions. You can develop using C#, F# or JavaScript and integrate with a wide variety of services using triggers and bindings.

Securing IaaS workloads for Department of Defense

 
By
Jason Henderson, Cloud Solutions Architect
Kyle Hoyer, Technical Solutions Professional
Derek Strausbaugh, Principal Program Manager, Azure Global
A rapidly increasing number of DoD customers deploying IaaS workloads to Azure have been asking for guidance setting up secure virtual networks and configuring the security tools and services stipulated by DoD standards and practice.

Getting Beyond Lift-and-Shift on Azure Government Video – Part 2

Management wants you to move to the cloud. But if you simply lift-and-shift, you are missing out on tremendous opportunities to increase scalability and optimize resources, while also decreasing time and costs. In this episode of the Azure Government video series,

Red Hat releases partner Azure Blueprint for OpenShift on Azure Government

As government agencies increasingly look to adopt of DevOps, cloud computing, and Linux containers, building the underlying infrastructure on a trusted and secure foundation is critical. Today Red Hat, in collaboration with Microsoft, released a partner Azure Blueprint for deploying Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform on Microsoft Azure Government.

Microsoft Azure IaaS Architecture Best Practices for ARM

How to design and build an enterprise infrastructure in Azure using the Azure Resource Manager portal
Getting started in Azure is easy to do, and you can have production workloads running in the cloud in very little time. However, there are some essential aspects of the Azure platform that require some forethought and planning.

The Capabilities of Red Hat VM Images in a Pay-as-you-go Model for Azure Government

We are happy to announce that government customers can now deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8 and 7.2 VM images in a Pay-As-You-Go model directly from the Azure Government Marketplace with per-minute billing.  This is following our partnership announcement with Red Hat in Azure Government on July 27th,

IaaS just got easier for Government

We are pleased to announce the general availability of Azure VM and SQL DB deployment and management powered by Azure Resource Manager (ARM) on Microsoft Azure Government. These capabilities are some of the most requested features for Azure Government.  This enables the modern management of many more of your cloud resources.

Connectivity

Introducing the Azure Environment Selector Visual Studio extension

Visual Studio has many tools that enable developers to easily interact with Azure. These are tools like the Cloud Explorer for Visual Studio 2017, Visual Studio Server Explorer, the main Visual Studio login, and even being able to right-click in the Visual Studio Solution Explorer to deploy a web project to Azure. 

Setting up VNET integration in App Services using Powershell

One of the capabilities in the Web Apps Service is placing your Azure resources in a non-internet routable network that you can control access to. These networks can be connected to your on-premise networks using VPN technologies. For example, with VNET integration you can enable access from your web app to resources running on a virtual machine in your Azure virtual network.  

Data

Azure Government HackFest + Training Recap

Our first Azure Government HackFest + Training event is in the books and it was a great event! We were thrilled to see so many enthusiastic developers and IT Pros in Azure Government interested in learning new things and getting even more hands-on with Azure Government.

Cloudera Enterprise Data hub now available on Azure Government Marketplace

Deploy the full power of Cloudera’s enterprise data hub on-demand with Cloudera Director, or through the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Quickly launch, run, and scale production Hadoop clusters that meet your demanding data workloads. You can also use Cloudera Cent OS Quick Start Templates to deploy to Azure Government
Joint Solution Overview

This integration will ensure that businesses can continue using existing tools and leveraging existing skillsets—but now with much greater efficiency and scope including:
Rapid Time-to-Insight: By running Cloudera Enterprise on Microsoft Azure,

Developer Services

Red Hat releases partner Azure Blueprint for OpenShift on Azure Government

As government agencies increasingly look to adopt of DevOps, cloud computing, and Linux containers, building the underlying infrastructure on a trusted and secure foundation is critical. Today Red Hat, in collaboration with Microsoft, released a partner Azure Blueprint for deploying Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform on Microsoft Azure Government.

Setup continuous deployment to Microsoft Azure Government using Visual Studio Team Services

Continuous integration (CI) and continuous deployment (CD) help teams reliably deliver quality apps to end customers at a faster pace of update. From code through build, test, and deployment you can define efficient and fully managed pipelines that automate and control the entire process.

Azure App Service generally available in Azure Government

We are excited to share the general availability of Azure App Service on Azure Government. App Service is a cloud platform which enables developers to build, deploy and run powerful web apps, mobile back-ends and API apps that connect to data anywhere in the cloud.

Events

The need for speed: DevOps in gov

Keeping pace with mission demands is an increasing challenge for government. Developers are on the hook to deliver new capabilities to their agencies faster than ever.
To hear how DevOps and cloud can help agencies accelerate their mission speed and capabilities,

Join us! How AI is creating what’s next in government

As AI emerges from research labs and IT back offices and into the mainstream, the transformational possibilities of AI for both businesses and government are enormous. According to the Executive Order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence, released earlier this year,

Is there an easy button for gov IT modernization?

To keep up with our country’s pace of innovation and ensure mission success, government agencies are under more pressure than ever to accelerate their IT modernization projects (and for some, just get them off the ground!). As agencies incur various challenges in their progress,

Join us: Government cloud strategies: What to know – Feb. 27

Cloud technologies are critical to keeping pace with innovation and securing America’s technical advantage. Cloud enables leading edge solutions for federal and military agency missions; ranging from improved citizen services and safety to protecting our warfighters and national security.
The importance of cloud to government is evident in the recently-released Department of Defense Cloud Strategy as well as the Office of Management and Budget’s Cloud Smart Strategy proposal released in September 2018.

Women in Tech Lunch Panel: Our Journey to Ignite Government Innovation

Monday, February 4, 2019
A recent announcement from the Executive Office of Mayor Muriel Bowser highlighted a study naming the District of Columbia as the best city in the country for women in technology1. Women currently make up 38.5% of the tech workforce in the district,

Join us: Accelerating Gov Cloud in a Cloud Smart World – Jan. 23

Without a doubt, cloud computing is playing a central role in agency efforts to modernize their IT infrastructure. Agencies have made great strides in understanding the benefits and challenges of cloud.
With this in mind, we invite you to RSVP and join the Microsoft Azure Government DC user community as we kickoff the year with a meetup on: “Jumpstart 2019: Accelerating Gov Cloud in a Cloud Smart World,” Wednesday,

Join us for the Azure Government Innovation Tour – coming to a city near you!

If you’re a government-focused developer, IT pro, or mission leader striving to learn the latest on Azure Government and optimize your skills and productivity, be sure to register today and join us for our Azure Government Innovation Tour coming to Raleigh,

Meetup replay: Women Leading Government Cybersecurity

In support of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, we hosted a special edition Microsoft Azure Government Meetup, Women Leading Government Cybersecurity at 1776 in Washington, DC.
In partnership with the Women in Technology DC Chapter of the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners,

Adopting Emerging Tech in Government

As blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and augmented reality continue to create buzz throughout the tech industry, government agencies are exploring ways to apply emerging tech to empower their workforce and deliver innovative services to the public.
Key to moving forward is the ability for agencies to define emerging tech use cases and get started with piloting new ideas.

Get mission ready with deep technical training

Join us for deep technical training – free in Washington. D.C.!

We’re excited to announce Microsoft Ignite | The Tour | Government a free technical training event for developers, tech professionals, and mission leaders, is coming to Washington, D.C. on February 4 – 5,

Evidence Stories

US Army Corps of Engineers get real-time dredging insights from moving to Azure

With a mission to strengthen our nation’s security by building and maintaining infrastructure, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is a federal agency under the Department of Defense with approximately 38,000 civilians and soldiers delivering engineering services in more than 130 countries worldwide.

From active duty to a career supporting the mission-critical cloud

For Jacob Wrigley, working with technology has always been a passion. It started with designing and building with Legos as a kid. Later, that passion took the form of writing code and building his own computer programs. But tech was never a full-time job.

Microsoft and the State of Florida moving forward with a CJIS Lead Agency!

City of Miami Police Department has committed to executing the CJIS Personnel Security Requirements for Microsoft
Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), the State of Florida’s CJIS Systems Agency, recently completed an audit of Microsoft controls applicable to the CJIS Security Policy (details here).

Use Case: Region to Region Azure Site Recovery

Azure Site Recovery (ASR) provides capabilities to automate protection and replication of virtual machines, providing a true Disaster Recovery as a Service Solution (DRaaS). ASR allows for data replication to multiple geographically dispersed regions, which provides a significant opportunity for cost savings while enhancing Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) and COOP capabilities.

Hybrid Integration

Microsoft Expands Data Offerings for Government with General Availability of Azure IoT Hub on Azure Government

We’re excited to announce today that Microsoft has made IoT Hub available in Azure Government, the most secure and compliant cloud platform for U.S. government to run mission workloads.
Internet of Things (IoT) is revolutionizing industries such as utilities and retail,

Azure Gov May Meetup Replay: Managing the Changing Hybrid Cloud Environment in Gov

For those who could not join us at the May Azure Gov DC Meetup, we are pleased to bring you the replay of “Managing the Changing Hybrid Cloud Environment in Gov.”
The first segment kicks off with Azure Government updates then features Brian Harrison,

Identity & Access Management

Azure Government AAD Authority Endpoint Update

We are continuing our efforts to provide a differentiated US Government platform and have updated our Identity architecture to bring additional capabilities inside the Azure Government infrastructure boundary. Part of this, as shared in our Azure Government endpoint mappings, is changing the Azure Active Directory (AAD) Authority for Azure Government from https://login-us.microsoftonline.com to https://login.microsoftonline.us.

Using Azure Active Directory in Azure Government and Azure Commercial to Authenticate users to your ASP.NET Web Application

Like all of Azure Government the instance of Azure Active Directory that it uses is isolated from the one running in Azure Commercial. The AAD team has a detailed article on how to setup your ASP.NET Web Application with AAD on Commercial here.

Internet of Things

Hear how contractors can drive IoT innovation in government – July 11 in Washington, DC

Gartner projects that 21 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2020. With the U.S. government market for the Internet of Things (IoT) beginning to take shape, we invite government contractors register to join Washington Technology and Microsoft to a free event,

Join us June 28! Azure Gov DC Meetup: IoT Strategies for Government

The rapid growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) enables exciting capabilities to enhance agencies’ missions but also brings many challenges including security and strategies for integrating this evolving technology.
Please RSVP to join us  for an evening of demos, use cases and best practices on how agencies can quickly and securely deploy IoT in the cloud at the next Microsoft Azure Government DC Meetup,

Learning

Migrate and Modernize with Kubernetes on Azure Government

In this episode of the Azure Government video series, Steve Michelotti, principal program manager, Microsoft Azure Government, sits down with Vishwas Lele, CTO, AIS, to discuss migrating and modernizing with Kubernetes on Azure Government.
The discussion begins with Vishwas explaining the “traditional” approaches for migrating workloads to the cloud:

Rehost (lift-n-shift)
Refactor (PaaS approach)
Reimagine (cloud-native rewrite)

Each of these traditional approaches has pros and cons.

Data Science Virtual Machine on Azure Government – Something for Everyone

In this episode of the Azure Government video series, Steve Michelotti, principal program manager, Azure Government, sits down with Zach Kramer, principal group PM manager, Azure Government, to discuss numerous aspects of the Data Science Virtual Machine (DSVM) in Azure Government.

Advanced Data Security with Azure SQL Database in Azure Government

In this episode of the Azure Government video series, Steve Michelotti, principal program manager with Azure Government, sits down to talk with Ajay Jagannathan of the Azure SQL Database Engineering team about Advanced Data Security with Azure SQL Database in Azure Government.

DoD IL5 scope expands to all Azure Government regions

Earlier this month we announced that Microsoft has expanded the IL5 Provisional Authorization (PA) granted by the Department of Defense (DoD) to all Azure Government regions. This expanded coverage brings more PaaS features and services at Impact Level 5 (IL5) to customers than any other cloud provider.

Enhance data protection and compliance with customer managed keys

This is the third blog in a three-part series on security in Azure Government co-authored by Robert Jaffee, Sr. Program Manager, and Diego Lapiduz, Chief Information Security Architect, with Microsoft Azure Global Government. (In case you missed them, check out the first and second blogs: Six tips for securing identity in the cloud and Five tips for securing your IaaS workloads.

Five tips for securing your IaaS workloads

This is the second blog in a three-part series on security in Azure Government co-authored by Robert Jaffee, Sr. Program Manager, and Diego Lapiduz, Chief Information Security Architect, with Microsoft Azure Global Government. (In case you missed it, check out the first blog: Six tips for securing identity in the cloud.)
In this blog,

Six tips for securing identity in the cloud

This 3-part blog series on security in Azure Government was co-authored by Robert Jaffe, Sr. Program Manager, and Diego Lapiduz, Chief Information Security Architect, with Microsoft Azure Global Government.
Over the last year, as modernization has accelerated, we’ve started to see many customers turning to cloud services as an asset in fighting evolving cybersecurity threats.

Open Source DevOps in Azure Government

In this episode of the Azure Government video series, Steve Michelotti talks with Harshal Dharia, Cloud Solution Architect in US Federal at Microsoft, about open source DevOps in Azure Government. Having a reliable and secure DevOps pipeline is one of the most important factors to a successful development project.

VS Code Extensions for Azure Government

In this episode of the Azure Government video series, Steve Michelotti once again sits down with Yujin Hong, Program Manager on the Azure Government Engineering team, to discuss many of the incredible VS Code Extensions for Azure. VS Code has quickly become the most popular editor in the world – there are numerous reasons for this,

Azure Database for MySQL in Azure Government

In this episode of the Azure Government video series, Steve Michelotti talks with Sachin Dubey, of the Azure Government Engineering team, about Azure Database for MySQL in Azure Government. MySQL is one of the most popular open source relational databases ever – but running it at an Enterprise scale has its challenges just like any other database.

Management

New and improved Azure Log Analytics is now available in Azure Government

New and improved Azure Log Analytics is now available in Azure Government. This is biggest upgrade to Log Analytics since its launch and includes new features for powerful search, smart analytics, and even deeper insights. This upgrade provides an interactive query language and an advanced analytics portal,

5 stories from #msbuild that inspired me – and hopefully you – as a developer

This guest blog post is written by Vishwas Lele from Applied Information Sciences (AIS). AIS provides software and systems engineering services to government agencies and businesses across the United States. They specialize in cloud services, DevOps, custom application development and IT services.

How to prepare for one – The CJIS Security Audit

In Microsoft’s continuous effort to provide resources and guidance to agencies to help them meet their CJIS regulatory requirements, Microsoft collaborated with Alan Ferretti, CJIS Security Analyst and Subject Matter Expert of the CJIS ACE Division at Diverse Computing and former CJIS Information Security Officer (ISO),

Introducing the Azure Environment Selector Visual Studio extension

Visual Studio has many tools that enable developers to easily interact with Azure. These are tools like the Cloud Explorer for Visual Studio 2017, Visual Studio Server Explorer, the main Visual Studio login, and even being able to right-click in the Visual Studio Solution Explorer to deploy a web project to Azure. 

Building a solution on Azure Government Part I: Cognitive Services

The Microsoft Azure Government platform is rapidly innovating with new services being introduced all the time. We have recently announced HDInsight and Power BI as GA on Azure Government. These data-centric services unlock a world of possibilities for your organization to process massive amount of data.

Eight new service offerings added to Azure Government certification scope

We are pleased to announce the addition of Azure Resource Manager, Automation, Azure Batch, Log Analytics, Azure Media Services, Policy Administration Service/RBAC, Redis Cache, and Scheduler to certification scope in Microsoft Azure Government.
Each of these service offerings has received Joint Authorization Board (JAB) approval for addition to Azure Government’s P-ATO at the High Impact Level. 

Azure QuickStart Templates for Azure Government

With the release of Azure Resource Manager on Microsoft Azure Government (MAG), users are now able to provision and deploy applications using declarative templates.  A full listing of publicly contributed templates can be found at https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/templates/ .
How to use QuickStart Templates in MAG
Many of the contributed templates in our Github repo https://github.com/Azure/azure-quickstart-templates will work on MAG without modification. 

Log Analytics: How Operational Management Suite keeps customers safe and secure on Azure

This is my last post in this series where we have been talking about the Operational Management Suite (OMS) within Azure Government and how it can make customers feel safe & secure. In the previous posts we focused on the Azure Backup,

Backup: How Operational Management Suite (OMS) keeps customers safe on Azure

Over my first year working at Microsoft, it has been very clear that we are doing everything that we can to really be the go-to Cloud Service Provider (CSP) for customers when it comes to all types of Cloud based services.

Log Analytics and Microsoft Operations Management Suite Portal now available in Microsoft Azure Government 

We are excited to announce the general availability of Log Analytics and the Operations Management Suite Portal in Microsoft Azure Government.  
Log Analytics in Operations Management Suite Portal 
Log Analytics is a service in Operations Management Suite (OMS) that helps you collect and analyze data generated by resources in your cloud and on-premises environments.

Marketplace

Announcing Microsoft Jenkins Solution Template for Azure Government Cloud

Since the launch of Microsoft Jenkins offer in Azure Marketplace in mid-2017, it’s exciting to see the growing number of customers using our solution template to run Jenkins on Azure. Jenkins is a popular open source CI/CD server. With our solution template,

VM Images update: February – May

We are pleased to share with you the most-recently published VM images from February through March that are now available for Microsoft Azure Government customers.
Published in February- March
Marketplace Images* – Added to Azure Gov and DoD:
*All Marketplace Images now supported in DoD Regions!

Solution Template support now available in Azure Government Marketplace

Last month we announced Azure Marketplace availability in Azure Government, which included individual VM publishing capabilities. Today we’re pleased to announce that solution templates are now supported in the Azure Government Marketplace portal.
Solution templates allow you to bundle multiple Azure services and images into a template that enables customers to deploy all solutions at once,

Meetup

The need for speed: DevOps in gov

Keeping pace with mission demands is an increasing challenge for government. Developers are on the hook to deliver new capabilities to their agencies faster than ever.
To hear how DevOps and cloud can help agencies accelerate their mission speed and capabilities,

Join us! How AI is creating what’s next in government

As AI emerges from research labs and IT back offices and into the mainstream, the transformational possibilities of AI for both businesses and government are enormous. According to the Executive Order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence, released earlier this year,

Is there an easy button for gov IT modernization?

To keep up with our country’s pace of innovation and ensure mission success, government agencies are under more pressure than ever to accelerate their IT modernization projects (and for some, just get them off the ground!). As agencies incur various challenges in their progress,

Join us: Government cloud strategies: What to know – Feb. 27

Cloud technologies are critical to keeping pace with innovation and securing America’s technical advantage. Cloud enables leading edge solutions for federal and military agency missions; ranging from improved citizen services and safety to protecting our warfighters and national security.
The importance of cloud to government is evident in the recently-released Department of Defense Cloud Strategy as well as the Office of Management and Budget’s Cloud Smart Strategy proposal released in September 2018.

Join us: Accelerating Gov Cloud in a Cloud Smart World – Jan. 23

Without a doubt, cloud computing is playing a central role in agency efforts to modernize their IT infrastructure. Agencies have made great strides in understanding the benefits and challenges of cloud.
With this in mind, we invite you to RSVP and join the Microsoft Azure Government DC user community as we kickoff the year with a meetup on: “Jumpstart 2019: Accelerating Gov Cloud in a Cloud Smart World,” Wednesday,

Meetup replay: Women Leading Government Cybersecurity

In support of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, we hosted a special edition Microsoft Azure Government Meetup, Women Leading Government Cybersecurity at 1776 in Washington, DC.
In partnership with the Women in Technology DC Chapter of the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners,

Adopting Emerging Tech in Government

As blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and augmented reality continue to create buzz throughout the tech industry, government agencies are exploring ways to apply emerging tech to empower their workforce and deliver innovative services to the public.
Key to moving forward is the ability for agencies to define emerging tech use cases and get started with piloting new ideas.

Meetup replay: Cloud DemoPalooza – Gov Style

Last month, we challenged the Azure Government user community to share 15-minute demos to showcase cool tech to help accelerate your cloud implementations. During our September meetup, Cloud DemoPalooza – Gov Style, we heard from Snowflake, General Dynamics IT, CGI Federal and Microsoft on everything from data warehouse-as-a-service to tech that will support your migration to the cloud.

Join us: Women Leading Government Cybersecurity – Oct. 24 in Washington, DC

In support of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, we invite you to RSVP and join us for a special edition Microsoft Azure Government Meetup, Women Leading Government Cybersecurity, Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 6 – 8:30 p.m.,

Meetup replay: Future of Gov Security – Automated ATOs, Revamped TIC & Beyond

I recently had the opportunity to host a dynamic discussion among leading IT security and compliance experts at our latest Microsoft Azure Government DC Meetup, Future of Gov Security – Automated ATOs, Revamped TIC and Beyond, at 1776 in Crystal City,

Monitoring

ExpressRoute monitoring with Network Performance Monitor (NPM) is now generally available in Azure Government

This blog was contributed by:  Abhave Sharma, Program Manager, R&D Networking IDC
 
We are pleased to announce the availability of ExpressRoute monitoring with Network Performance Monitor (NPM) in Azure Government Cloud-Virginia. Check out what the new capability can do for you below:
Overview
You can now monitor end-to-end connectivity and performance between your branch offices and Azure,

New and improved Azure Log Analytics is now available in Azure Government

New and improved Azure Log Analytics is now available in Azure Government. This is biggest upgrade to Log Analytics since its launch and includes new features for powerful search, smart analytics, and even deeper insights. This upgrade provides an interactive query language and an advanced analytics portal,

Networking

ExpressRoute monitoring with Network Performance Monitor (NPM) is now generally available in Azure Government

This blog was contributed by:  Abhave Sharma, Program Manager, R&D Networking IDC
 
We are pleased to announce the availability of ExpressRoute monitoring with Network Performance Monitor (NPM) in Azure Government Cloud-Virginia. Check out what the new capability can do for you below:
Overview
You can now monitor end-to-end connectivity and performance between your branch offices and Azure,

5 stories from #msbuild that inspired me – and hopefully you – as a developer

This guest blog post is written by Vishwas Lele from Applied Information Sciences (AIS). AIS provides software and systems engineering services to government agencies and businesses across the United States. They specialize in cloud services, DevOps, custom application development and IT services.

Microsoft Tech Summit DC to feature government-focused sessions – March 6-7

Are you headed to the Microsoft Tech Summit March 6-7 in Washington, DC?  If so, be sure to connect with the Azure Government Engineering team.  Among the more than 50 technical training sessions, we are hosting 14 government-specific sessions starting with a can’t-miss “What’s New in Azure Government Cloud” by Tom Keane,

VNET Peering generally available for Azure Government

Earlier this year we were able to bring VNET peering to Azure Government, with all of the same functions as commercial Azure. We are aware that government agencies often have complex networking requirements.  This means that VNET peering is a key ask from our customers and are glad to provide this solution for our customers.  

IaaS just got easier for Government

We are pleased to announce the general availability of Azure VM and SQL DB deployment and management powered by Azure Resource Manager (ARM) on Microsoft Azure Government. These capabilities are some of the most requested features for Azure Government.  This enables the modern management of many more of your cloud resources.

Onboarding

Getting Beyond Lift-and-Shift on Azure Government Video – Part 2

Management wants you to move to the cloud. But if you simply lift-and-shift, you are missing out on tremendous opportunities to increase scalability and optimize resources, while also decreasing time and costs. In this episode of the Azure Government video series,

Microsoft Expands Data Offerings for Government with General Availability of Azure IoT Hub on Azure Government

We’re excited to announce today that Microsoft has made IoT Hub available in Azure Government, the most secure and compliant cloud platform for U.S. government to run mission workloads.
Internet of Things (IoT) is revolutionizing industries such as utilities and retail,

Check us out at Virtual Azure Gov Discovery Day tomorrow!

Strengthen security and compliance, uncover critical insights, and modernize infrastructure with Microsoft Azure Government
Checkout the presentations tomorrow for Virtual Azure Gov Discovery Day event! You’ll hear from industry leaders, analysts, and experts featuring Tom Keane, general manager, Microsoft and Steve Michelotti,

Data security Q&A with John Molesky, Azure Security Engineering

In this post, we interviewed Azure Program Manager, John Molesky, from the Cloud Health and Security Engineering team with commonly asked questions regarding data security.  For many customers, moving to the cloud means a change in processes to manage data, including data destruction and spillage.

Microsoft Azure IaaS Architecture Best Practices for ARM

How to design and build an enterprise infrastructure in Azure using the Azure Resource Manager portal
Getting started in Azure is easy to do, and you can have production workloads running in the cloud in very little time. However, there are some essential aspects of the Azure platform that require some forethought and planning.

Getting Started with Storage in Azure Government

Azure Government uses the same underlying technologies as commercial Azure, enabling you to use the development tools you’re already familiar with. However, Azure Government provides a physical and network-isolated instance of Azure which results in a higher level of compliance and security.

Building a solution on Azure Government Part I: Cognitive Services

The Microsoft Azure Government platform is rapidly innovating with new services being introduced all the time. We have recently announced HDInsight and Power BI as GA on Azure Government. These data-centric services unlock a world of possibilities for your organization to process massive amount of data.

Getting Started with Azure – Backing Up VMs

In my last post, I provided you with some simple steps on how to “Get Started” with the Azure Backup service by focusing on the Backup Vault and Policies that are associated with Vaults and VMs. Starting from there, I would like to go to the next and final step,

VNET Peering generally available for Azure Government

Earlier this year we were able to bring VNET peering to Azure Government, with all of the same functions as commercial Azure. We are aware that government agencies often have complex networking requirements.  This means that VNET peering is a key ask from our customers and are glad to provide this solution for our customers.  

Azure DoD Regions Accredited at Impact Level 5 and Now Generally Available

Earlier today Tom Keane, General Manager, Azure announced that Azure Government is the first and only hyperscale commercial cloud service to be awarded an Information Impact Level 5 DoD Provisional Authorization by the Defense Information Systems Agency. In addition, Azure Government regions dedicated to US Department of Defense customer workloads are now generally available.

Operations

New and improved Azure Log Analytics is now available in Azure Government

New and improved Azure Log Analytics is now available in Azure Government. This is biggest upgrade to Log Analytics since its launch and includes new features for powerful search, smart analytics, and even deeper insights. This upgrade provides an interactive query language and an advanced analytics portal,

Partner

Fall roundup of recent Azure Government announcements

We’re continuing to focus on delivering the innovations our government customers and partners have requested. In this blog, you’ll find a brief summary of our recent announcements from late summer and early fall for your reference.
Also, we invite you to join us for the Microsoft Ignite | The Tour | Government,

Cloud-based capabilities help public safety agencies keep communities safe

From call to case closure, public safety agencies depend on flexible and secure digital solutions. It’s why we’re pleased to announce Motorola Solutions has selected Microsoft Azure Government as the cloud provider for its public safety software suite.
One of the most comprehensive in the industry,

Reducing risk and driving quality in the aerospace supply chain

With one of the most complex and distributed supply chains in the world, aerospace and defense manufacturers need to demonstrate compliance with numerous regulations including AS9100, ITAR, EAR, and FedRAMP. Inside their supply chain, this requires compiling data on each manufactured component from an enormous number of subcontractors and suppliers of those subcontractors.

Bringing more cybersecurity capabilities to Azure Government

Protecting information systems and critical infrastructure from cyberattack and reducing the nation’s overall cybersecurity risk are key mandates that cross every level of local, state and federal government.
In support of this effort, we’re pleased to announce a new partnership with Cybraics,

Solving one of the most common VDI challenges: complexity

Today we’re sharing a guest post by Jose Arvelo, Workplace & Managed Services Practice Manager at Accelera Solutions. He is responsible for leading Accelera’s end user computing and managed services team, focused on helping customers transform their workplace with virtualization, mobility,

Nasuni supports Azure Government for more scalable file storage and improved cross-office collaboration

This blog is a guest post by Tom Rose, vice president, Product Marketing, Nasuni – Microsoft Azure Global ISV of the Year. Nasuni’s cloud file services platform is backed by Azure object storage and helps government agencies store, archive, protect, synchronize,

Azure Government Marketplace expanding with new Pay-As-You-Go offers

As part of our rapidly growing solution marketplace for Azure Government, we’d like to announce several new Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) marketplace offers. These new offers enable our government customers to purchase marketplace solutions directly through Azure Government, streamlining the procurement process.
In addition,

Harness real-time data for smarter cities, buildings, and transportation

This article was co-authored by Christy Szoke, CoFounder/CMO of Fathym, and the Azure Gov Team
 

Wherever you live, you’re probably all too aware that inclement weather can have a serious impact on citizen safety and city budgets. And until recently,

Fast Deduplication with NetBackup CloudCatalyst for the Azure Government Cloud

Got Back Up? Anyone who has a basement or even a closet in their home, knows the sometimes painful necessity of clearing out space and managing storage. Government agencies embarking on digital transformation can also feel the pain of runaway costs due to storage accumulation for backups.

Microsoft + GitHub = Empowering Developers

Yesterday, we announced an agreement to acquire GitHub, the world’s leading software development platform.
Developers are at center of solving the world’s most pressing challenges. The era of the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge is upon us. Computing is becoming embedded in the world,

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Azure Government expands FedRAMP High coverage

10 new services added to FedRAMP High ATO as part of ongoing work to make commercial innovation more accessible to government agencies
Microsoft now has 67 services covered by the FedRAMP High Provisional Authorization to Operate (P-ATO) for Azure Government in the continental United States.

Fall roundup of recent Azure Government announcements

We’re continuing to focus on delivering the innovations our government customers and partners have requested. In this blog, you’ll find a brief summary of our recent announcements from late summer and early fall for your reference.
Also, we invite you to join us for the Microsoft Ignite | The Tour | Government,

New capabilities to enable your mission end to end

As we continue to focus on helping government customers secure their mission end to end, we’d like to share a set of new Azure capabilities to help US government customers deliver breakthrough outcomes. For in-depth coverage of these announcements and more,

Announcing new GPUs in Azure Government with NV-Series

We’re excited to announce that NV-Series virtual machines are now generally available in US Gov Virginia. NV-Series is designed to support visualization scenarios which enables customers to use NVIDIA® Tesla® M60 GPUs and NVIDIA® GRID in Azure for desktop accelerated applications and virtual desktops. 

Announcing the launch of Azure M-series VMs with up to 4TB RAM in USGov Virginia region

We are excited to announce the launch of Azure M-series Virtual Machines in the USGov Virginia region. Azure M-series VMs offer memory up to 4 TB on a single VM with configurations of 64 or 128 hyper-threaded vCPUs, powered by Intel® Xeon® 2.5 GHz E7-8890 v3 processors.

Announcing the availability of DoD regions via Government CSP Program for Azure Government

We are excited to announce that partners can now re-sell Department of Defense (DoD) Impact Level 5 Azure Government regions to their customers through the Cloud Solution Provider Program (CSP). We’re committed to expanding partner opportunities to bring cloud innovation to their defense customers,

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure on Azure Government

In this episode of the Azure Government video series, Steve Michelotti sits down with Steve Downs from the Azure Government Engineering team to discuss Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) on Azure Government. What is VDI? How is it different from traditional Remote Desktop?

HDInsight Extension for VS Code now available in Azure Government

We are excited to announce that the HDInsight Extension tool for VS Code has been extended to the Azure Government environment. HDInsight developers now can easily access their Azure Government subscription through this extension with a few clicks.
HDInsight Tools for VS Code supports Hive Interactive Query,

Win10 Enterprise Now Available on Azure Government!

We are excited to announce that Windows 10 can be deployed from Azure Government Marketplace. You can now run Windows 10 to run Dev/Test scenarios or with your Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution, all in your Azure Government Subscription.
To get started,

Florida finalizes CJIS Technical Audit on Microsoft Government Cloud Services

The audit is to ensure compliance with the FBI Criminal Justice Services Security Policy
At Microsoft, we consider compliance a commitment, not a checkbox. As part of that commitment, we seek opportunities to collaborate with the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) regulators and our customers on our approach to compliance,

Resiliency

Azure Government, Supporting Critical Missions with the NIST CSF

Updated: 6/8/2017
Updated again: 7/10/2017
In light of Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure, the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) is once again top of mind for our community. At Microsoft, we maintain a dedicated CSF program,

Deploying a Suspicious Activity Bot in Azure Commercial or Azure Government

Having spent many years in the Public Sector space, I have made a lot of friends on both the contractor and government employee sides of the aisle. So we are always having conversations about how Azure is making the world better both commercially as well as in the Public Sector space.

Microsoft Azure Government Expands Support for Defense Industrial Base and Defense Contractors – Announcing Support for DFARS Requirements

Microsoft is furthering its commitment to U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) contractors and the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) by announcing support for Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) requirements for Azure Government Services. This allows DoD’s mission partners to host Covered Defense Information (CDI) in Microsoft’s secure,

VNET Peering generally available for Azure Government

Earlier this year we were able to bring VNET peering to Azure Government, with all of the same functions as commercial Azure. We are aware that government agencies often have complex networking requirements.  This means that VNET peering is a key ask from our customers and are glad to provide this solution for our customers.  

Eight new service offerings added to Azure Government certification scope

We are pleased to announce the addition of Azure Resource Manager, Automation, Azure Batch, Log Analytics, Azure Media Services, Policy Administration Service/RBAC, Redis Cache, and Scheduler to certification scope in Microsoft Azure Government.
Each of these service offerings has received Joint Authorization Board (JAB) approval for addition to Azure Government’s P-ATO at the High Impact Level. 

Azure Government Cloud expands P-ATO scope with addition of five new offerings

We are pleased to announce that Azure’s Government Cloud has expanded its FedRAMP Provisional Authorization to Operate (P-ATO) with the addition of five new offerings. Service Bus, Notification Hubs, Site Recovery, StorSimple, and Backup have all received Joint Authorization Board (JAB) approval for addition to Azure Government’s P-ATO at the High Impact Level.

Microsoft and Fortinet Extend Partnership to Secure Mission-Critical Workloads in Azure Government Cloud  

Co-author: Chad Whalen – VP Cloud Security, Fortinet
Fortinet and Microsoft today announced an extension of their partnership to protect the cloud environments of their joint government customers. The US Federal Government sets the world’s highest security standards for data protection. 

Log Analytics and Microsoft Operations Management Suite Portal now available in Microsoft Azure Government 

We are excited to announce the general availability of Log Analytics and the Operations Management Suite Portal in Microsoft Azure Government.  
Log Analytics in Operations Management Suite Portal 
Log Analytics is a service in Operations Management Suite (OMS) that helps you collect and analyze data generated by resources in your cloud and on-premises environments.

Compliance is a commitment, not a checkbox

With the recent heartbreaking public safety events in New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Minnesota and other locations around the United States, it was inspiring to have the opportunity for Microsoft to participate in the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) User Conference.

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Azure proves leadership in disaster readiness by becoming the first hyper-scale cloud to achieve ISO 22301 certification

Many of you have asked us about how we plan and prepare in Azure so that you can learn from our best practices as well as have the peace of mind that your applications, and data, are safe and available in Azure.

Security

How to configure TLS versions in App Service and Functions apps in Azure Government

TLS (Transport Layer Security) protocols provide privacy and data integrity for establishing secured connections between applications. Over the period of time TLS has evolved and new versions have continued to fix vulnerabilities in older versions and also add newer capabilities. As Azure Government customers continue to optimize security of their cloud based applications and solutions,

RSVP and join us for our Aug. 29 Meetup: Future of Gov Security – Automated ATOs, Revamped TIC & Beyond

The President’s Management Agenda (PMA) is calling on agencies to accelerate their IT modernization efforts with a continued focus on security. At this month’s meetup, we will discuss how agencies can navigate ATOs and TIC compliance, so they can realize the benefits of the cloud and achieve greater agility while strengthening their security posture.

New and improved Azure Log Analytics is now available in Azure Government

New and improved Azure Log Analytics is now available in Azure Government. This is biggest upgrade to Log Analytics since its launch and includes new features for powerful search, smart analytics, and even deeper insights. This upgrade provides an interactive query language and an advanced analytics portal,

Securing IaaS workloads for Department of Defense

 
By
Jason Henderson, Cloud Solutions Architect
Kyle Hoyer, Technical Solutions Professional
Derek Strausbaugh, Principal Program Manager, Azure Global
A rapidly increasing number of DoD customers deploying IaaS workloads to Azure have been asking for guidance setting up secure virtual networks and configuring the security tools and services stipulated by DoD standards and practice.

Florida finalizes CJIS Technical Audit on Microsoft Government Cloud Services

The audit is to ensure compliance with the FBI Criminal Justice Services Security Policy
At Microsoft, we consider compliance a commitment, not a checkbox. As part of that commitment, we seek opportunities to collaborate with the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) regulators and our customers on our approach to compliance,

Criminal Justice Information Services – What’s new in v5.6 and being considered for v5.7

Microsoft helping agencies prepare for regulatory revisions
As part of Microsoft’s commitment to meet the applicable requirements of the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Security Policy, it is critical to prepare in advance for future requirements as well. With law enforcement deploying innovative solutions for camera technology,

Microsoft Partners with Federal Tax Administrators at Annual Conference

Microsoft hosts Commissioners, Top Deputies, and Legal Staff at Redmond Campus
The Federal Tax Administration (FTA) Annual Conference was host to over 250 Policy leaders such as economists, top deputies, commissioners, budget directors and legal staff assembling to discuss state and federal tax policy.

Evaluating Risk with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework Risk Assessment Checklist

Microsoft is pleased to announce the availability of our Risk Assessment Checklist for the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) for Federal Agencies. The Checklist is available on the Service Trust Portal under “Compliance Guides”. Microsoft worked with our Azure Blueprint Partner, First Information Technology Services (FITS),

Microsoft’s Commitment to Strengthening Cybersecurity

Microsoft is first and foremost a cybersecurity company. Governments, restricted industries, and millions of individuals depend on the security of our products every day. And with our cloud services, we have taken our commitment to security and compliance to the next level.

Microsoft Signs CJIS Security Addendum with New Jersey

Microsoft has now contractually committed to CJIS requirements in 29 states.
Meeting the applicable regulatory controls of the CJIS Security Policy is a long-term commitment for Microsoft. We don’t consider it a checkbox, it is a commitment. As part of this commitment,

Storage, Backup & Recovery

Announcing Cosmos DB and Blob (Hot/Cool) Storage

As we look to continue to expand and evolve the platform, we are excited to announce two new generally available services in Azure Government: Azure Cosmos DB and Blob Storage (Hot/Cool).  Yesterday Microsoft announced Azure Cosmos DB and today we are bringing it to you in Azure Government. 

Check us out at Virtual Azure Gov Discovery Day tomorrow!

Strengthen security and compliance, uncover critical insights, and modernize infrastructure with Microsoft Azure Government
Checkout the presentations tomorrow for Virtual Azure Gov Discovery Day event! You’ll hear from industry leaders, analysts, and experts featuring Tom Keane, general manager, Microsoft and Steve Michelotti,

Announcing general availability of Publish to Web in Power BI Pro for Government

We are happy to announce the general availability of Publish to Web in Power BI Pro for Government.
With Power BI Publish to Web, customers can now easily embed interactive Power BI visualizations online, such as in blog posts, websites, through emails or social media,

Announcing DSv2-Series and Fs-Series VMs in US Gov Virginia

We are happy to announce the general availability of DSv2-Series and Fs-Series (not to be confused with F-series) virtual machines in US Gov Virginia.
DSv2-series and Fs-series VMs can use Premium Storage, which provides high-performance, low-latency storage for Input/Output intensive workloads.

Getting Started with Storage in Azure Government

Azure Government uses the same underlying technologies as commercial Azure, enabling you to use the development tools you’re already familiar with. However, Azure Government provides a physical and network-isolated instance of Azure which results in a higher level of compliance and security.

Getting Started with Azure – Backup Vaults and Policies

One of the biggest questions that government customers may have when migrating to Azure Government, is how they can quickly get up and running. There are a number of different challenges that a customer may have, and many different services that we offer within Azure.

Announcing features for Backup and Site Recovery Services (OMS Suite) with Resource Manager

Azure Government revamps Azure backup and Azure site recovery services to facilitate advanced capabilities for Government cloud users. This update brings various enhancements, summarized in the table below.
For more information and technical Documentation on Backup and Site Recovery please see Azure Government Documentation.

Eight new service offerings added to Azure Government certification scope

We are pleased to announce the addition of Azure Resource Manager, Automation, Azure Batch, Log Analytics, Azure Media Services, Policy Administration Service/RBAC, Redis Cache, and Scheduler to certification scope in Microsoft Azure Government.
Each of these service offerings has received Joint Authorization Board (JAB) approval for addition to Azure Government’s P-ATO at the High Impact Level. 

Copying Azure resource groups between different Azure subscriptions or environments

Overview
The Azure PowerShell module includes the Move-AzureRmResource cmdlet that allows you to move a resource to a different resource group or subscription, but it requires the subscriptions to be in the same tenant. What if you want to copy or move a resource group from a personal subscription (e.g.

Azure Import / Export – Working with FIPS and other security controls

I was recently working with one of our government customers that wanted to make use of a newer offering: Azure Import/Export. Now I know what you’re saying… “Chase, this has been out since 2014.” True, this isn’t a new service to Azure,

Thought Leadership

Six tips for securing identity in the cloud

This 3-part blog series on security in Azure Government was co-authored by Robert Jaffe, Sr. Program Manager, and Diego Lapiduz, Chief Information Security Architect, with Microsoft Azure Global Government.
Over the last year, as modernization has accelerated, we’ve started to see many customers turning to cloud services as an asset in fighting evolving cybersecurity threats.

Trusted Internet Connection guidance for Azure IaaS and PaaS solutions

This post was contributed by Susie Adams, Chief Technology Officer Microsoft Federal, and Diego Lapiduz, Chief Information Security Architect – Azure Government at Microsoft.
Many government customers that are working to optimize security in the cloud have asked for guidance on how to align with the policies set by the Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) Initiative.

Fast Deduplication with NetBackup CloudCatalyst for the Azure Government Cloud

Got Back Up? Anyone who has a basement or even a closet in their home, knows the sometimes painful necessity of clearing out space and managing storage. Government agencies embarking on digital transformation can also feel the pain of runaway costs due to storage accumulation for backups.

Strengthening cybersecurity for the DoD – accelerating compliance

Agencies such as the DoD can improve their threat detection and response times by using cloud-based security capabilities and cloud intelligence through Microsoft Azure Government. By shifting responsibilities to Azure, the DoD can get more security coverage, which enables them to reallocate security resources and budget to other agency priorities.

Microsoft Azure Government at AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium in Baltimore

Join the Microsoft Azure Government team at the upcoming AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium, May 15 – 17, in Baltimore, Maryland.
Mark Russinovich, Microsoft Azure CTO and distinguished author will deliver a keynote on Thursday, May 17 at 10:45 a.m. in Hall E of the Baltimore Convention Center.

Strengthening cybersecurity for the DoD – reducing risk

Defense department senior leaders have directed DoD to adopt cloud computing to support the warfighter, a direction that will help build a stronger foundation of cybersecurity. The partnership with a dedicated, certified cloud provider can be pivotal. But given the breadth of these solutions,

New eBook on strengthening cybersecurity for the DoD

The rapid evolution of technology and the exploitation of data, machine intelligence, and on-demand computing power is changing the requirements of cybersecurity. Fortunately, the tools available to the DoD are changing, too.

How to get started with Azure Government

This blog was contributed by Stuart McKee, Chief Technology Officer, US State and Local Government, Microsoft Corporation

Many government agencies would like to take their first steps toward adopting cloud services. With so many options available, it’s hard to know where to start,

Bringing cloud innovation to US state and local government

A primary challenge for US state and local government agencies is to drive IT innovation while maintaining regulatory compliance. As citizens expectations rise, agencies must work to modernize infrastructure while keeping costs contained. Many agencies are moving to the cloud to achieve both mandates.

Why cloud for state and local government?

With rapid technological advances, cities can now transform into smart cities with enhanced and interactive citizen services, better living, and increased economic growth. You can learn more about these opportunities by watching our on-demand webinar, The Benefits of Moving to the Cloud for State and Local Governments.

Uncategorized

Enhance data protection and compliance with customer managed keys

This is the third blog in a three-part series on security in Azure Government co-authored by Robert Jaffee, Sr. Program Manager, and Diego Lapiduz, Chief Information Security Architect, with Microsoft Azure Global Government. (In case you missed them, check out the first and second blogs: Six tips for securing identity in the cloud and Five tips for securing your IaaS workloads.

Meetup replay: Women Leading Government Cybersecurity

In support of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, we hosted a special edition Microsoft Azure Government Meetup, Women Leading Government Cybersecurity at 1776 in Washington, DC.
In partnership with the Women in Technology DC Chapter of the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners,

Register now: Azure fundamentals training at AFCEA WEST

Azure Fundamentals Training at AFCEA WEST
We’re looking forward to seeing those of you attending AFCEA WEST and invite technical and business leaders to join us for an exclusive commercial cloud training event on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.,

Hear how contractors can drive IoT innovation in government – July 11 in Washington, DC

Gartner projects that 21 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2020. With the U.S. government market for the Internet of Things (IoT) beginning to take shape, we invite government contractors register to join Washington Technology and Microsoft to a free event,

Evaluating Risk with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework Risk Assessment Checklist

Microsoft is pleased to announce the availability of our Risk Assessment Checklist for the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) for Federal Agencies. The Checklist is available on the Service Trust Portal under “Compliance Guides”. Microsoft worked with our Azure Blueprint Partner, First Information Technology Services (FITS),

Microsoft Expands Data Offerings for Government with General Availability of Azure IoT Hub on Azure Government

We’re excited to announce today that Microsoft has made IoT Hub available in Azure Government, the most secure and compliant cloud platform for U.S. government to run mission workloads.
Internet of Things (IoT) is revolutionizing industries such as utilities and retail,

ArcGIS Maps for Power BI Gov by Esri now available

We are happy to announce that Power BI Gov users can now use ArcGIS Maps for Power BI Gov (preview) created by Esri! This brings several new capabilities to Power BI Gov users.
Geographic information systems (GIS) helps users gain a better understanding of the world by using spatial analysis on a map’s data layers.

Announcing Cosmos DB and Blob (Hot/Cool) Storage

As we look to continue to expand and evolve the platform, we are excited to announce two new generally available services in Azure Government: Azure Cosmos DB and Blob Storage (Hot/Cool).  Yesterday Microsoft announced Azure Cosmos DB and today we are bringing it to you in Azure Government. 

Now Available: Palo Alto Networks VM-Series Virtualized Next-Generation Firewall

Comprehensive, Prevention-Based Security for Azure Government Cloud
Today on Azure Government
The Palo Alto Networks® VM-Series virtualized next-generation firewall on Microsoft Azure allows government agencies to apply the same advanced threat prevention features and next-generation firewall application policy controls used in their physical data centers to the Azure Government Cloud.

The Azure Podcast: featuring Azure Government

In the latest episode of The Azure Podcast, Steve Michelotti of the Azure Government engineering sits down with The Azure Podcast team to discuss the latest and greatest of Azure Government. Steve also provides an update on what is going on in Azure Government including:

The two new DoD specific datacenters
How Azure Government is the only publicly available government cloud with DISA L5
Differences between Azure public and Azure Government
And more!

Use Case

US Army Corps of Engineers get real-time dredging insights from moving to Azure

With a mission to strengthen our nation’s security by building and maintaining infrastructure, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is a federal agency under the Department of Defense with approximately 38,000 civilians and soldiers delivering engineering services in more than 130 countries worldwide.

Use Case: Region to Region Azure Site Recovery

Azure Site Recovery (ASR) provides capabilities to automate protection and replication of virtual machines, providing a true Disaster Recovery as a Service Solution (DRaaS). ASR allows for data replication to multiple geographically dispersed regions, which provides a significant opportunity for cost savings while enhancing Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) and COOP capabilities.

Microsoft hosts Justice & Public Safety leaders at the 2nd annual CJIS Summit

Transparency is the foundation of Microsoft’s commitment to CJIS Compliance
Founded on our commitment of transparency, Microsoft hosted the 2nd annual CJIS Summit, offering leaders in law enforcement the opportunity to collaborate directly with our compliance engineers, executives, and our Justice and Public Safety team.

Azure Gov March Meetup Replay: How to Apply Cognitive Services to Your Agency’s Mission

For those who could not join us at the Azure Government DC user community’s   March Meetup, we are pleased to bring you the replay of “How to Apply Cognitive Services to Your Agency’s Mission” which took place at 1776 in Washington,

Getting Started with Azure – Backing Up VMs

In my last post, I provided you with some simple steps on how to “Get Started” with the Azure Backup service by focusing on the Backup Vault and Policies that are associated with Vaults and VMs. Starting from there, I would like to go to the next and final step,

Video

Migrate and Modernize with Kubernetes on Azure Government

In this episode of the Azure Government video series, Steve Michelotti, principal program manager, Microsoft Azure Government, sits down with Vishwas Lele, CTO, AIS, to discuss migrating and modernizing with Kubernetes on Azure Government.
The discussion begins with Vishwas explaining the “traditional” approaches for migrating workloads to the cloud:

Rehost (lift-n-shift)
Refactor (PaaS approach)
Reimagine (cloud-native rewrite)

Each of these traditional approaches has pros and cons.

Data Science Virtual Machine on Azure Government – Something for Everyone

In this episode of the Azure Government video series, Steve Michelotti, principal program manager, Azure Government, sits down with Zach Kramer, principal group PM manager, Azure Government, to discuss numerous aspects of the Data Science Virtual Machine (DSVM) in Azure Government.

Advanced Data Security with Azure SQL Database in Azure Government

In this episode of the Azure Government video series, Steve Michelotti, principal program manager with Azure Government, sits down to talk with Ajay Jagannathan of the Azure SQL Database Engineering team about Advanced Data Security with Azure SQL Database in Azure Government.

Open Source DevOps in Azure Government

In this episode of the Azure Government video series, Steve Michelotti talks with Harshal Dharia, Cloud Solution Architect in US Federal at Microsoft, about open source DevOps in Azure Government. Having a reliable and secure DevOps pipeline is one of the most important factors to a successful development project.

VS Code Extensions for Azure Government

In this episode of the Azure Government video series, Steve Michelotti once again sits down with Yujin Hong, Program Manager on the Azure Government Engineering team, to discuss many of the incredible VS Code Extensions for Azure. VS Code has quickly become the most popular editor in the world – there are numerous reasons for this,

Azure Database for MySQL in Azure Government

In this episode of the Azure Government video series, Steve Michelotti talks with Sachin Dubey, of the Azure Government Engineering team, about Azure Database for MySQL in Azure Government. MySQL is one of the most popular open source relational databases ever – but running it at an Enterprise scale has its challenges just like any other database.

Managed Identity in Azure Government

In this episode of the Azure Government video series, Steve Michelotti talks with Mohit Dewan, of the Azure Government Engineering team, about Managed Identities on Azure Government. Mohit starts out by explaining what Managed Identities is and how leveraging it can result in a significantly more secure application.

Serverless in Azure Government

In this episode of the Azure Government video series, Steve Michelotti sits down to talk with Yujin Hong, Program Manager on the Azure Government Engineering team, about Serverless computing in Azure Government. Yujin and Steve start out by discussing the evolution of cloud computing that led to the rise of “serverless”,

Secure Development on Azure Government – Part 2

In this episode of the Azure Government video series, Steve Michelotti talks with Paul Fisher (Modern App Solution Center, Microsoft) and Joseph Bloom (Business Productivity, Microsoft) about how to set up a secure development environment on Azure Government.
In this Part 2 (of the 2-part series),

Secure development on Azure Government – Part 1

In this episode of the Azure Government video series, Steve Michelotti talks with Joseph Bloom (Business Productivity, Microsoft) and Paul Fisher (Modern App Solution Center, Microsoft) to discuss how to set up a secure development environment on Azure Government.
In this Part 1 (of the 2-part series),

Virtual Machines

Announcing Microsoft Jenkins Solution Template for Azure Government Cloud

Since the launch of Microsoft Jenkins offer in Azure Marketplace in mid-2017, it’s exciting to see the growing number of customers using our solution template to run Jenkins on Azure. Jenkins is a popular open source CI/CD server. With our solution template,

VM Images update: February – May

We are pleased to share with you the most-recently published VM images from February through March that are now available for Microsoft Azure Government customers.
Published in February- March
Marketplace Images* – Added to Azure Gov and DoD:
*All Marketplace Images now supported in DoD Regions!

Now Available: Palo Alto Networks VM-Series Virtualized Next-Generation Firewall

Comprehensive, Prevention-Based Security for Azure Government Cloud
Today on Azure Government
The Palo Alto Networks® VM-Series virtualized next-generation firewall on Microsoft Azure allows government agencies to apply the same advanced threat prevention features and next-generation firewall application policy controls used in their physical data centers to the Azure Government Cloud.

Microsoft Azure IaaS Architecture Best Practices for ARM

How to design and build an enterprise infrastructure in Azure using the Azure Resource Manager portal
Getting started in Azure is easy to do, and you can have production workloads running in the cloud in very little time. However, there are some essential aspects of the Azure platform that require some forethought and planning.

Announcing DSv2-Series and Fs-Series VMs in US Gov Virginia

We are happy to announce the general availability of DSv2-Series and Fs-Series (not to be confused with F-series) virtual machines in US Gov Virginia.
DSv2-series and Fs-series VMs can use Premium Storage, which provides high-performance, low-latency storage for Input/Output intensive workloads.

Getting Started with Azure – Backing Up VMs

In my last post, I provided you with some simple steps on how to “Get Started” with the Azure Backup service by focusing on the Backup Vault and Policies that are associated with Vaults and VMs. Starting from there, I would like to go to the next and final step,

VM Images Update from December through January

We are pleased to share with you the most-recently published VM images from December and January that are now available for Microsoft Azure Government customers.
Published in January:

ESRI Enterprise 10.5
Cisco ASAv 4 Nic
WindowsServer-HUB2008-R2-SP1-HUB
WindowsServer-HUB2012-Datacenter-HUB
WindowsServer-HUB2012-R2-Datacenter-HUB
WindowsServer-HUB2016-Datacenter-HUB
UbuntuServer17.04-DAILY*
CentOS7.3
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications 12 SP1 (Bring Your Own Subscription)

* This sku is Powershell/classic Portal only,

Solution Template support now available in Azure Government Marketplace

Last month we announced Azure Marketplace availability in Azure Government, which included individual VM publishing capabilities. Today we’re pleased to announce that solution templates are now supported in the Azure Government Marketplace portal.
Solution templates allow you to bundle multiple Azure services and images into a template that enables customers to deploy all solutions at once,

Azure Government Marketplace Loves Open Source and Bitnami

Azure Government is excited to expand our partnership with Bitnami via the Azure Government Marketplace beyond the initial offering in Image Gallery. We are happy to announce the first wave of open source images published by Bitnami to the Azure Government marketplace.

Riverbed expands to deliver solutions in Azure Government

Riverbed Technology is bringing Riverbed SteelHead CX to the Microsoft Azure Government Cloud. Government customers are now able to understand, optimize, and control applications and data across the hybrid enterprise, extending into the cloud.
With SteelHead CX in Azure you get:

Riverbed’s #1 optimization solution in the Azure Government cloud enabling peak performance of applications across any network,

Web & Mobile

How to configure TLS versions in App Service and Functions apps in Azure Government

TLS (Transport Layer Security) protocols provide privacy and data integrity for establishing secured connections between applications. Over the period of time TLS has evolved and new versions have continued to fix vulnerabilities in older versions and also add newer capabilities. As Azure Government customers continue to optimize security of their cloud based applications and solutions,

Azure Functions portal experience now available in Azure Government

Creating and managing your Azure Functions in Azure Government just got easier with the availability of the Azure Functions portal experience. The rich portal experience allows you to create, manage and monitor your functions. You can develop using C#, F# or JavaScript and integrate with a wide variety of services using triggers and bindings.

Setup continuous deployment to Microsoft Azure Government using Visual Studio Team Services

Continuous integration (CI) and continuous deployment (CD) help teams reliably deliver quality apps to end customers at a faster pace of update. From code through build, test, and deployment you can define efficient and fully managed pipelines that automate and control the entire process.

Azure App Service generally available in Azure Government

We are excited to share the general availability of Azure App Service on Azure Government. App Service is a cloud platform which enables developers to build, deploy and run powerful web apps, mobile back-ends and API apps that connect to data anywhere in the cloud.

Using Azure Active Directory in Azure Government and Azure Commercial to Authenticate users to your ASP.NET Web Application

Like all of Azure Government the instance of Azure Active Directory that it uses is isolated from the one running in Azure Commercial. The AAD team has a detailed article on how to setup your ASP.NET Web Application with AAD on Commercial here.