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Microsoft nabs part of the intelligence community cloud market in new deal

17 May 2018

While the largest cloud computing contract in the history of the industry waits in the wings, Microsoft was awarded a deal with several US government agencies for its Azure and Office 365 cloud services, it announced Wednesday.

The IC is responsible for handling some of the toughest problems facing the nation, harnessing the intelligence derived from the most sensitive data at unprecedented scale. The agreement comes as a "vehicle" for the American government as they can have access to latest Microsoft technologies for empowering agencies, strengthening security and modernizing infrastructure further.

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.

This agreement can offer several potential innovations in order to forward modernization efforts of more than 10 million government customers. Using Office 365 for US Government, employees can stay productive from anywhere, using virtually any device, with a seamless platform experience and leading capabilities for mobility, teamwork, analytics, accessibility and AI-driven search.

Microsoft has longstanding relationships with the IC.

Microsoft scored a key opportunity to provide all of its Cloud for Government offerings to the 17 agencies in the intelligence community.

Azure Government has eight data center regions that host data of federal, state and local government agencies and has at least 70 certifications.

Office 365 for US Government complies with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program at moderate and high impact levels, Criminal Justice Information Services regulations and other federal security standards.

Microsoft nabs part of the intelligence community cloud market in new deal