Microsoft, Intell Community Ink Cloud Services Agreement

Doris Richards
May 17, 2018

While the largest cloud computing contract in the history of the industry waits in the wings, Microsoft was awarded a deal with several USA government agencies for its Azure and Office 365 cloud services, it announced Wednesday. "This new agreement provides the IC with a vehicle for accessing the latest Microsoft technologies to further empower its agencies, optimize operations and modernize infrastructure", Toni Townes-Whitley, Microsoft corporate vice president of industry, wrote in a blog post.

Advanced cyberthreat protection through Microsoft Cloud for Government's billion-dollar security investment in cutting-edge security tools and services that deliver a comprehensive picture of an agency's security posture and use them to proactively detect and remediate malicious activity.

The Microsoft platforms offered through the agreement will help government clients protect systems from cyber threats, generate insights from streams of data and leverage capabilities for analytics, artificial intelligence-based search, mobility and accessibility. The Pentagon has continued to insist that it wants to hire a single vendor to manage its cloud efforts, which has prognosticators betting that AWS will win, but several cloud vendors are eager for that business and the decision could come down to the company that is willing to accept the smallest margin on the deal.

To ensure global security, Azure Government's eight geographically distributed, highly available government-only datacenter regions host no commercial data.

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.

Office 365 for US Government and Azure Government are built to fit the government's strict security requirements.

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