StorSimple, MFA, SUSE,and Cloudberry updates on Azure Government

John Harvey (MSFT)

 We are excited to announce some of the latest releases to Azure Government.  These releases are in addition to the services we announced in March.



StorSimple provides cloud integrated storage solution for customers which includes a hardware appliance on premises that manages storage by keeping active or “Hot” data close to the users on the appliance with fast SSD disks.  As data builds up and becomes stale, it is tiered back to slower disks and eventually moved to the cloud.  StorSimple provides a robust storage platform that couples performance, resilience and disaster recovery in an easy to deploy low risk cloud solution.  Now that StorSimple integrates with Azure Government, public sector customers can leverage StorSimple for file shares, SharePoint content management, and disaster recovery.  Read more about Update 1 to the StorSimple 8000 series device here that includes support for Azure Government and FIPS 140-2.

Multi-Factor Authentication

We are pleased to announce that Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is now generally available in Azure Government. MFA allows configuration of User Accounts in your Azure Government Azure Active Directory (AAD) for two-factor authentication (2FA). This means your users will be required to verify for strong authentication through a phone call, text message and/or mobile app notifications. 

To learn more about MFA please see the MFA reference documentation.

 SUSE Images

We’re pleased to announce that, in partnership with SUSE, we’ve published SUSE Images in the Azure Government Image Gallery.

Available Images include:

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3 (Premium)
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 (Premium)

 For a full list of available images please see the Azure Government Image Library.


Cloudberry Explorer

Cloudberry recently announced integration of their Cloudberry Explorer that will allow you to connect to your Azure Government storage account,manage blobs, and copy across accounts.  Read more about Cloudberry Explorer and their 2.2 release on their blog.



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