Microsoft Offers Azure to All Levels of Government


Microsoft has announced government wide availability for Microsoft Azure Government and the upcoming availability of Dynamics CRM Online for Government. The offerings work with Office 365 Government to provide a comprehensive cloud services platform.  The announcement was made at Microsoft’s Government Cloud Summit in Washington DC today.

Integrated services such as compute resources, storage, data, networking and applications are hosted in Microsoft datacenters located within the U.S. and managed by cleared U.S. personnel. Azure Government provides hybrid, enterprise-grade solutions in Microsoft’s government cloud, public cloud or their own datacenter.

Dynamics CRM Online for Government will be generally available in January and is based on the Microsoft Dynamics’ public cloud offering, designed for FedRAMP compliance and operated by cleared U.S. personnel. Dynamics customers will be able to use existing on- premises investments and benefit from integration with Azure and Office 365 government community clouds to help ensure anytime, anywhere access to public sector applications and workflows in a secure environment.

Microsoft also announced the addition of several new clients at the Cloud Summit including the state of Texas which recently deployed over 110,000 seats of Office 365 Government. In addition, Texas is planning a number of initiatives with Azure Government. As such, Texas and Microsoft have expanded their Criminal Justice Information Security (CJIS) Addendum to include Azure Government to ensure that law enforcement agencies, which require CJIS agreements, can participate in the move to the Microsoft Cloud for Government.

The state of Alabama is deploying Office 365 Government and a hybrid cloud initiative involving Azure Government to host and manage Alabama Medicaid’s entire Health Information Exchange (HIE) and Alabama’s CARES system for multiprogram eligibility and enrollment.