Microsoft Azure will be used by government

Microsoft developed blockchain-based Azure Government Secret service specially for US government departments
18 October 2017   90513

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.

Oracle & Microsoft to Connect Their Clouds

This is a unusual collaboration, because Azure and the Oracle Cloud are direct competitors; now users can easily migrate from one platform to another
06 June 2019   623

Microsoft and Oracle announced a partnership: their cloud services will now be directly connected. Users can easily migrate from one platform to another, or run Azure services using databases stored on the Oracle cloud.

As TechCrunch notes, this is a rather unusual collaboration, because Azure and the Oracle Cloud are direct competitors.

The Oracle Cloud offers a complete suite of integrated applications for sales, service, marketing, human resources, finance, supply chain and manufacturing, plus highly automated and secure Generation 2 infrastructure featuring the Oracle Autonomous Database. Oracle and Microsoft have served enterprise customer needs for decades. With this alliance, our joint customers can migrate their entire set of existing applications to the cloud without having to re-architect anything, preserving the large investments they have already made.
 

Don Johnson

Executive vice president, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)

The fact is that Oracle is very small compared to AWS, Azure or Google Cloud Platform. Cooperation with Microsoft will help the company to reach a higher level and continue to develop its own services simultaneously. And Microsoft will get customers who have no place on Oracle servers.