Top 4 announcements from Microsoft’s Government Tech Summit


Raj Kambalapalli, Partner Technology Strategist

Register for our community call on Thursday, April 12 to join the conversation about Azure Government and recent innovations.

On March 5–6 at the Microsoft Government Tech Summit in Washington D.C., Microsoft shared a host of new capabilities for Azure Government focusing on the following areas:

1. Two new Azure Government Secret regions

Microsoft is adding two more regions to the Azure Government region count, bringing the number of dedicated regions to a total of eight. As announced last fall, these regions will be enabled for data classified Secret, and will provide commercial-grade, hyper-scale cloud services with the highest availability, deepest compliance, and fastest innovation available to support the most critical of U.S. Government missions.

2. New network services and ExpressRoute locations

Government customers can take advantage of growing connectivity options with two new ExpressRoute sites coming soon in San Antonio and Phoenix. These sites will provide choice and convenience when connecting between on-premises and virtual resources in the cloud, and enable reliable connection for scenarios such as data migration, disaster recovery, or other high-availability needs. We’ve also added key networking services, including VNet service endpoints for storage and SQL, and Network Watcher for more secure building of applications and monitoring.

3. Faster, more efficient cloud development and management

Azure DevTest Labs is coming soon to Azure Government and is the self-service sandbox to quickly create Dev/Test environments. Customers can take advantage of this service to get around common challenges, including configuring and delivering environments to developers and testers at scale, production fidelity issues, and resource optimization.

4. Continued momentum in compliance for government workloads

Department of Defense (DoD) Impact Level 5 Provisional Authorization for three new services: Azure Site Recovery, Backup, and Azure App Service. FedRAMP High ATOs for Azure Government for the Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and a DoD Impact Level 4 ATO for the U.S. Air Force’s Common Computing Environment.

Excited about what we’ve announced? Want to hear more? Register for the Azure Government Community call on Thursday, April 12. We’ll talk about these innovations in a conversational dialogue. You can find additional details about all announcements at the Microsoft Government Tech Summit on the Azure Government blog and the Azure blog.

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