Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Microsoft bids to supply cloud-based AI technologies to U.S. intelligence agencies

Microsoft Cloud Microsoft bids to supply cloud-based AI technologies to U.S. intelligence agencies
Elijah Vega | 18 May, 2018, 11:31

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.

Seventeen agencies, including the CIA, have been cleared to use Microsoft Azure Government, after the company agreed a deal with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

It should also help it in its efforts to land a lucrative Pentagon cloud contract in which it is vying against Amazon, IBM and Oracle. 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. "If the IC [intelligence community] can trust it, so can the DOD [Department of Defense]". Under the terms of the deal, the agencies can opt to use Microsoft's cloud in their own time frame.

NWS: 2 tornadoes hit CT during Tuesday storm
The National Weather Service says powerful thunderstorms created a small weather generated tsunami off the New Jersey coast. One of the tornadoes, an EF1 packing 100mph winds touched down in Southbury and moved along a 4.5-mile path into Oxford.

Amid a showdown over a controversial $10 billion cloud computing contract with the U.S. Department of Defense, Microsoft Corp. has scored a strategic victory against the other contenders.

To ensure world-class security, Azure Government's eight geographically distributed, highly available government-only datacenter regions host no commercial data. 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. Chief among these offerings is Azure Government.

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