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In terms of Azure Stack, the wait is almost over for US government agencies, revealed Tom Keane, head of Global Infrastructure at Microsoft Azure, in a March 5 announcement.

Microsoft has announced plans to integrate its Azure Stack with Azure Government later this year, allowing United States agencies to run Microsoft's cloud services on their own private infrastructure.

This will allow government agencies to run Azure's cloud computing technology on their own private servers, making it more attractive option for government departments. AWS led the market with 32 percent, with Microsoft at 14 percent, according to Canalys estimates for the fourth quarter of past year.

Microsoft's updates are timely because the company is facing competition from its main rival Amazon Web Services Inc.in the race to sign up government customers. She promised Azure Stack would be made available in "mid-2018", without providing an exact date.

Operated under stringent security and compliance requirements, Azure Government typically receives new cloud products and services months after their public counterparts.




Also set to arrive soon is the availability of two Azure Government regions, bringing the total number of cloud data center regions dedicated to government users to eight. "Hybrid cloud allows government customers to seamlessly use and move between public cloud environments and their own infrastructure".

Everything can be managed from one place, including identity, subscription, billing, backup and disaster recovery and the Azure Marketplace for access to even more apps and services.

Microsoft's moves arrive amid intensifying competition among cloud providers seeking to grow their government customer bases.

This week, in Washington D.C, the Government Technology Summit is being held and as you would expect, Microsoft is there making several announcements. The two new regions can accommodate government data classified secrets, noted Keane.

Microsoft 365 will be available across three government cloud platforms that work to handle controlled unclassified data: Government Community Cloud; GCC High; and DoD Cloud. Unlike many online publications, we don't have a paywall or run banner advertising, because we want to keep our journalism open, without influence or the need to chase traffic.


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