Microsoft Announces Top Secret Cloud For Government

Microsoft Azure brings a wide range of cloud innovation across US Government data classifications

Recently, Microsoft announced the expansion of its mission-critical cloud for US Government with new capabilities in Azure Government, and the expansion of Azure Government Secret. The company also introduced a new cloud to serve customers with Top Secret classified data—Azure Government Top Secret.

Microsoft said that many new services in Azure Government Secret; for application developers, AKS, and Azure Container Instances will help users deploy and manage containerized applications more easily. Azure Sentinel and Azure Security Center now available in Azure Government Secret enables unified security across your digital estate and integrated, proactive threat management. These services along with Azure Monitor help you collect, analyze, and act on telemetry data from your Azure and on-premises environments.

Source: Microsoft

Availability Zones in Azure Government, offers high availability for the most demanding mission-critical applications and data. These Availability Zones are tolerant to datacenter failures via redundancy and logical isolation of services. The availability of 'Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) in Azure Government' with FedRAMP High accreditation, enables agencies to adopt WVD for mission-critical workloads and empower more secure and productive work-from-anywhere scenarios.

The company now offers 137 Azure Government services at FedRAMP High and 97 services at Department of Defense Impact Level 5 (IL5) across all Azure Government regions.

Microsoft shared that it has completed the buildout of new Azure Government Top Secret regions, and is working with the US Government on accreditation. These Government Top Secret regions are designed to offer the same capabilities as Azure (commercial), Azure Government, and Azure Government Secret.  The wide range of services that Top Secret regions offers will meet the demand for greater agility in the classified space, including the need to gain deeper insights from data sourced from any location.

The company also announced Availability Zones in Azure Government, providing high availability for the most demanding mission-critical applications and data. These Availability Zones are tolerant to datacenter failures through redundancy and logical isolation of services. The availability of 'Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) in Azure Government' with FedRAMP High accreditation enables agencies to adopt WVD for mission-critical workloads and empowers more secure and productive work-from-anywhere scenarios. The company now offer 137 Azure Government services at FedRAMP High and 97 services at Department of Defense Impact Level 5 (IL5) across all Azure Government regions.

Microsoft also announced updates to its tactical edge portfolio for US Government customers, and GA of Modular Datacenter at Impact Level 5 and 6 with high availability options.

To learn more you can visit the official announcement here.