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Microsoft to launch government cloud

Oct. 7, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments

Microsoft announced Monday that it is establishing a cloud storage system just for government agencies, according to an announcement.

The cloud will consist of data centers located within the United States and be managed by U.S. citizens, according to Microsoft spokeswoman Susie Adams. She added the move would allow Microsoft to offer public, private or hybrid cloud environments depending on agency security needs.

The data stored on the servers in the new cloud service will only contain data from other agencies, Adams said.

As agencies look to migrate workloads to the cloud there are certain workloads that have more sensitive data associated with them and require isolation, Adams said.

She said Microsoft plans on the government cloud achieving a certification from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP).

Under FedRAMP, contractors that provide cloud computing services to agencies are required to meet strict security requirements and pass an independent, third-party review.

Its all about trust and we want to make sure our customers trust our capabilities, Adams said.

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