Microsoft's Azure green-lit for use by United States spies

Microsoft signs Azure / Office 365 deal with US intelligence agencies as huge Pentagon contract decision looms

Microsoft signs Azure / Office 365 deal with US intelligence agencies as huge Pentagon contract decision looms

Microsoft announced today that both it has entered a deal with the US Intelligence Community worth millions of dollars over six years. This agreement bolsters Microsoft's position as a leading government cloud provider delivering advanced capabilities to further the IC's national security mission, and we are deeply committed to continue to expand our support to serve the full spectrum of IC initiatives across all its agencies. "If the IC [intelligence community] can trust it, so can the DOD [Department of Defense]".

Additionally, Microsoft is offering a unique, end-to-end cloud platform on Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) that come with "modern collaboration and productivity tools" dedicated towards the government. Overall, a total of 17 different agencies are covered under the new cloud deal.

Over 10 million government customers from every federal cabinet level agency, including the Department of Defense, and multiple state and local governments rely on Microsoft's Cloud for Government to help them move their modernization efforts forward. The Chocolate Factory also wants a piece of that lucrative government dough but has apparently yet to meet all the demands required for its data centers. "What this does, is it reinforces the fact that we are a solid cloud platform that the federal government can put their trust in", said Dana Barnes, vice president of Microsoft's national-security group, in an interview with the Seattle Times.

Azure Government is one of the highlighted offerings of Microsoft to the American country-runners, delivering top standard security and the "deepest built-in compliance on the market" with over 70 certifications.

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