Microsoft offers up government-focused versions of Office 365 and Azure


"As part of our overall, multi-cloud strategy we are excited about our partnership with Microsoft to offer Azure Stack as a converged infrastructure solution for government", said Nick Michaelides, VP of USA public sector for federal at Cisco, in a statement.

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"Quite literally we've designed Azure Stack with the scenario of a submarine in mind", Tom Keane, Microsoft Azure's head of global infrastructure told Reuters.

She said: "With Azure Stack, it becomes possible to process data in the field without worrying about latency or internet connectivity, and then run aggregated analytics in Azure Government to get the most precise predictions and anomaly detections".

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Along with the localized Azure Stack, Microsoft also said it is expanding to eight the number of government cloud regions for managing data ranging from unclassified to sensitive to secret. Government contracts typically span several years, are stable clients, and re-occurring which means landing a customer in this segment is a long-term path to increased revenue.

Continuing with the announcements, Microsoft also said it's planning to make two new Azure Government regions available in the USA, bringing the total number to eight. With the cloud computing market predicted to grow to $74.7bn in 2018, both companies are improving their offerings to attract a wider range of clients.

Josh Rice, general manager of Microsoft's worldwide modern workplace, wrote in a news release published Monday the Microsoft 356 package includes Windows 10, Enterprise Mobility + Security and Office 365 offerings created to help government agencies meet USA security and compliance requirements. It can also help meet regulatory requirements for government entities, including embassies or military bases in foreign countries where local cloud services may be restricted on account of data sovereignty laws. 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.