Policy & Procurement

Government policy and regulation regarding the procurement and use of cloud computing technologies is still in its nascent stages. This portion of the SafeGov.org site focuses on current policy and procurement issues related to cloud adoption in the public sector, including analyses of Federal, state, and local issues, developments in higher education, and related laws, regulations, and directives. We also follow US and EU antitrust actions relating to the Technology sector.

Azure SQL Database v12 has landed in Azure Government

Megan Yount, Azure Government Cloud Blog,  Wednesday, September 28, 2016

We are excited to announce the general availability of the latest service version of Azure SQL Database (v12) in Microsoft Azure Government. This latest version brings 25% more Premium performance and faster data recovery objectives. Azure SQL Database is a managed cloud database for app developers. The service makes building and maintaining applications easier and more productive. With built-in intelligence that learns app patterns and adapts to maximize performance, reliability, and data protection, SQL Database is a cloud database built for developers. You can focus on rapid app development and accelerating your time to market, rather than managing virtual machines and infrastructure. This is due to it sharing the same codebase as SQL Server 2016, Azure SQL Database supports existing SQL Server tools, libraries and APIs.

451 Research: China and India Emerging as Cloud Computing Powerhouses in Asia-Pacific

PR Web,  Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Although global cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure are well known in China and India, they are hardly the only game in town. According to a new report by 451 Research, there are nearly 200 cloud vendors in India and China, providing cloud services in IaaS, PaaS and ISaaS. 451 Research analysts predict that China and India will emerge as cloud powerhouses in Asia-Pacific, generating revenue of over $1.59bn and $851m respectively with a CAGR of 27% and 24% through 2020. Combined, the two countries account for about 30% of the Asia-Pacific market.

IaaS just got easier for Government

Brenda Y Lee, Azure Government Cloud,  Tuesday, September 27, 2016

We are pleased to announce the general availability of Azure VM and SQL DB deployment and management powered by Azure Resource Manager (ARM) on Microsoft Azure Government. These capabilities are some of the most requested features for Azure Government. This enables the modern management of many more of your cloud resources. The ARM deployment offers much more granular control of our access and permission over the ASM deployment model (more on that in a future post). While Azure Government has had ARM for a while, we now have support for Compute, Networking, Data & Storage that will enable you to create and manage most infrastructure deployments. Specifically we have enabled the following:

Microsoft Joins Adobe to Compete With Amazon in the Cloud

Dina Bass, Bloomberg Technology,  Monday, September 26, 2016

Microsoft Corp. is joining with Adobe Systems Inc. to offer cloud-based products to their large mutual customer base, helping the software giant to better compete with leading cloud contender Amazon.com Inc. With the partnership, Adobe will bring its creative marketing software programs like Photoshop and Illustrator to Microsoft’s Azure cloud-computing service, the companies said in a statement Monday. At the same time, Microsoft will make Adobe’s marketing programs the favored choice for its internet-based software that manages customer relationships.

Majority of States Have Adopted 'Cloud First' Policies for Government

,  Thursday, September 22, 2016

A majority of state governments have adopted “cloud first” preferences when it comes to considering new applications or looking to upgrade existing legacy systems. According to the new report “The 2016 State CIO Survey” from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), over 70 percent of state CIOs say they have “cloud first” policies that are either formal, informal, or in development.

Microsoft makes Azure Germany available with a unique cloud model

Techseen,  Thursday, September 22, 2016

Even though Microsoft Cloud Services are already available across Europe, with the company’s two new datacenters in the UK a couple of weeks back, this particular model, as stated by Microsoft, will provide a different option to an already available system, creating increased opportunities for innovation and economic growth for regulated partners and customers in Germany, the European Union (EU) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

Microsoft Cloud Germany Opens Using Data Trustee Model

Pedro Hernandez, eWeek,  Thursday, September 22, 2016

Microsoft Cloud Germany is open and ready for business, operating under a "data trustee" model that addresses the data privacy and sovereignty concerns of the region's companies.

Why IT No Longer has its Head in the Clouds

Charles Cooper, MSPmentor,  Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Much of that reflected the historic misunderstandings between the IT department and the rest of the organization, where neither side believed that the other really understood its needs. The upshot: CEOs could push all they wanted, but many IT departments continued to drag their heels when it came to cloud adoption.

Federal, SLED Organizations See All Sides of Cloud Migration

Jessie Bur, Meritalk,  Monday, September 19, 2016

The Federal government, state and local governments, and higher education institutions are seeing the appeal of adopting cloud offerings in areas such as increased speed and cost savings, according to a recent MeriTalk survey titled “Destination Cloud: the Federal and SLED Cloud Journey.” However, though 89 percent of those surveyed responded that they saw the benefits, 95 percent said they saw drawbacks in areas such as security, privacy, and reliability.

Microsoft: Azure is the most trusted cloud for Defense Industrial Base companies

Pradeep, MSPowerUser.com,  Friday, September 16, 2016

@pradeepviswav Sep 16, 2016 at 10:01 GMT The United States Department of Defense has implemented new requirements in DFARS 252.204-7012 to protect against the loss, misuse, unauthorized access, or modification of protected information and the systems that contain that information. Because of this requirements, Defense Industrial Base contractors need assurance that their subcontractors also meet these requirements. Microsoft today highlighted that Azure Government enables these contractors companies to build systems with assurance that they will inherit controls and processes meeting the broad set of DFARS requirements. Azure Government implementations meet NIST SP 800-171.