Microsoft, Intell Community Ink Cloud Services Agreement

Rodiano Bonacci
Mag 18, 2018

According to a report in the Seattle Times, Microsoft said the deal, which is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, will enable 17 USA intelligence agencies to use its Azure Government cloud service, which is customized for federal and local government agencies.

The agreement expands an existing contract among Microsoft, Dell Technologies Inc. and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to include more products. Overall, a total of 17 different agencies are covered under the new cloud deal.

The deal, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, will also give Microsoft a shot at the controversial 10-year, $10bn cloud contract known as JEDI, which has been under close scrutiny by law-makers in recent weeks.

The agreement seeks to help the IC leverage Microsoft Cloud for Government tools - Azure Government and Office 365 for US Government - to help execute national security missions, advance infrastructure modernization and optimize operations.

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. The Chocolate Factory also wants a piece of that lucrative government dough but has apparently yet to meet all the demands required for its data centers. Office 365 for US Government also supports USA federal security standards like both FEDRAMP Moderate and High, as well as industry regulations like CJIS in law enforcement, FERPA in education, or HIPAA in healthcare, along with many others. Only U.S. federal, the Department of Defense (DoD), state and local governments and their partners have access to this dedicated instance of Azure operated by screened U.S. persons.

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