Microsoft, Intell Community Ink Cloud Services Agreement

James Marshall
May 18, 2018

Microsoft has announced that it has won a deal from the US Government which allows 17 intelligence agencies and offices to use Microsoft's Azure Government, in addition to technology such as Windows 10 and Office. With a Pentagon contract decision looming, Microsoft says the deal also "bolsters" the company's position as the leading government cloud provider.

This new deal is a nice feather in Microsoft's cap as it prepares its bid for the Department of Defense's big cloud computing contract, which could last up to ten years and produce billions of dollars in revenue to the lucky victor.

The IC is responsible for handling some of the toughest problems facing the nation, harnessing the intelligence derived from the most sensitive data at unprecedented scale.

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.

The Microsoft platforms offered through the agreement will help government clients protect systems from cyber threats, generate insights from streams of data and leverage capabilities for analytics, artificial intelligence-based search, mobility and accessibility. "What this does, is it reinforces the fact that we are a solid cloud platform that the federal government can put their trust in", said Dana Barnes, vice president of Microsoft's national-security group, in an interview with the Seattle Times. The Chocolate Factory also wants a piece of that lucrative government dough but has apparently yet to meet all the demands required for its data centers.

Azure Government is one of the highlighted offerings of Microsoft to the American country-runners, delivering top standard security and the "deepest built-in compliance on the market" with over 70 certifications.

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