Greg Myers: Agencies Ready to Test Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform

cloudA group of federal government agencies is testing Microsoft‘s Azure cloud computing platform as part of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, InformationWeek reported Wednesday.

William Jackson writes Microsoft received a FedRAMP provisional authority-to-operate approval for the cloud offering last fall.

“The processes, people, technology, and infrastructure are all in place. We want real-world test loads,” Greg Myers, Microsoft vice president for federal sales, said at a company-hosted forum in Washington, according to the report.

InformationWeek reports that Microsoft built two data centers to host the private cloud technology and all servers in those facilities are intended to process only data from government customers.

“It is very labor intensive, very capital intensive. It’s not an environment for the weak,” Myers added, according to InformationWeek.

Azure for Government is designed to use a security clearance process for managing enterprise workloads, Jackson reports.

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