Microsoft Azure will be used by government

Microsoft developed blockchain-based Azure Government Secret service specially for US government departments
18 October 2017   1787

American government agencies will soon be able to transfer data sets, including secret ones, to the Microsoft Azure platform. This is reported by CoinDesk.

The technology giant announced the launch of the Azure Government Secret service for enhanced access of government departments to cloud data stores. Thus, state clients of the company can get access to the Azure blockchain not only through the existing Government Cloud service, but also with the help of a new service.

Azure Government Secret service is developed only for US government departments, while the Government Cloud is already using 7,000 institutions and 10 million employees worldwide.

Initially, the Microsoft Azure blockchain platform was launched for experimental purposes of private clients. Now company offers the blockchain-tools in an isolated experimental environment developed by its partners, such as Chain, ConsenSys and Emercoin.

Over the past few years, private customers of Microsoft have used cloud technologies and new technological tools. At the same time, because of strict security rules, this possibility was limited for government departments.

In this regard, six data centers Microsoft is now "isolated" from the network. The US Department of Defense assigned them a tolerance level of 5. In addition, the state conducted additional certification in accordance with the rules of The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) and the Office of Defense Information Systems (DISA).

The U.S. government requires those data facilities to be operated by U.S. citizens with special clearance, and so the contractor we use meets that. 
 

Mark Russinovich
CTO, Microsoft Azure 

According to him, the developers of Azure Government Secret provided for the mechanism of expanded analytics and improved the mechanism of "detection" for processing sensitive data.

Blockchain makes it much harder for fraud and waste to exist, makes it much more visible if it does exist and potentially gets rid of a lot of layers of bureaucracy that are designed simply to ensure that waste and fraud [don't] exist. 
 

Mark Russinovich
CTO, Microsoft Azure 

Last year, the Office of General Accounting of the US government came to the conclusion that the executive and Congress are wasting billions of dollars because of imperfect bureaucracy. The US State Department last week said that blockchain technology will help solve this problem and increase the efficiency of agencies.

Russinovich noted that many organizations by order of the Congress are engaged in the purchase of humanitarian goods and their logistics in the hurricane-affected areas of the country, thus there are opportunities for fraud and theft. Transparency of blocking technology and consensus mechanisms, in his opinion, completely solve this problem.

Russinovich has not yet been able to confirm whether the government is using new services, but notes that the authorities are showing considerable interest in introducing technology into their information systems.

Microsoft to Launch Blockchain Partnership in Taiwan

Microsoft Taiwan, Digital China and Hot Cool plan to use blockchain to improve the financial, e-commerce, entertainment, and other industries
04 July 2018   170

A subsidiary of the technological giant Microsoft Taiwan announced a blockchain cooperation with Chinese companies Digital China and Hot Cool. This is reported by CCN.

The Alliance will implement the technology of the distributed registry in the areas of finance, e-commerce and entertainment.

Taiwan has first-class engineering and technical talents, and their innovative thinking cannot be underestimated. At the same time, it carries a solid manufacturing and R&D foundation, plus Excellent geographical location, with the superior conditions for the development of blockchain application, I believe that Microsoft’s tooling in the strategic layout of the blockchain, and citing the global partner resources, is bound to be the vision of the industrial application of the blockchain.
 

Sun Jikang

General manager, Microsoft Taiwan

The companies plan to create new solutions in the cloud services of Microsoft Azure Blockchain Workbench and MPS from Hot Cool. According to the general manager of Microsoft Taiwan Sun Jikang, these platforms will improve the computing power and security of the blockchain products that Digital China will supply.

CEO Digital China Sana Yutao believes that the Azure Blockchain Workbench service will reduce the time to create a blockchain-infrastructure in China.

As part of the cooperation, Hot Cool will act as an intermediary between state and corporate cloud providers.