Microsoft Azure will be used by government

Microsoft developed blockchain-based Azure Government Secret service specially for US government departments
18 October 2017   1344

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 Azure will be integrated with Corda

R3 and Microsoft Corp. have agreed on their future partnership
21 November 2017   220

Recently R3 and Microsoft corp. concluded an agreement about deep integration the Corda platform with Azure. This integration will simplify to work for businesses which use computing resources for blockchain networks. And it will provide simple integration of Azure’s services with Corda, for example SQL Database, Key Vault, Express Route, Active Directory. The developers will be able to build their own CorDapps with understandable tools.

Then R3 and Microsoft are going to provide Corda and Azure networks for free access. In this way businesses will be able to easily set up Corda networks. It will reduce time and deployment costs for them. Now available stable Corda’s version 1.0 with stable core application programming interface (API).

Also this agreement means that the Azure is the preferred cloud provider for R3.

A lot of companies around the world use Corda technological platform for development vendoring and system integration.

As an early investor in R3, Commonwealth Bank has developed deep experience in distributed ledger technologies, and our early adoption of cloud technology has delivered significant benefits to our organisation and our customers. Deeper integration of the Corda platform with Azure will enable CBA to better scale our distributed ledger experimentation and help keep CBA at the forefront of technology innovation in financial services.

Dilan Rajasingham, Head of Emerging Technology at Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

For the first time R3 and Microsoft corp. started talking about cooperation at last year. Now 60 partners companies join in the network which includes R3, Microsoft corp., Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Intel.