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Microsoft Announces Azure Government Secret

Microsoft announced its latest offering for Azure Government - Azure Government Secret. This new offering is suitable for DoD Impact Level 6 (IL6) and Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Intelligence Community Directive (ICD 503) accreditation. Currently Azure Government Secret (AGS) is in private preview and only available to select organizations with strict justification.

Azure Government Offerings Now Including Secret

Keith Johnson, Chief Technology Officer for the Defense and Intelligence Groups, Leidos

“Azure Government Secret will enable us to take applications in legacy IT environments and move them onto a scalable, high-performance platform. This will be a great opportunity to modernize services, making them more efficient and effective for our defense customers.”

Here are a few takeaways and details for you to consider from Microsoft's announcement:

  • AGS includes two new and separate Azure regions in the US
  • AGS meets DoD SRG IL6 and ICD 503/705/731
  • AGS will have options for ExpressRoute and ExpressRoute Direct to provide private, resilient, high-bandwidth connectivity
  • AGS will support classified workloads and be operated by cleared US citizens
  • Microsoft has over 22 years of experience supporting and working across classified networks
  • As a result of the AGS infrastructure build out and several other expansions in Azure Government, Microsoft now provides more PaaS features and services to the DoD at IL5 than any other cloud provider



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