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Microsoft’s Azure Government Top Secret Now Generally Available

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Microsoft has announced the general availability of Azure Government Top Secret for US national security missions, enabling customers and partners to realize the vision of a multi-cloud strategy.

Launching with 60+ initial services and more coming soon, the company achieved the Authorization to Operate (ATO) of Azure Government Top Secret infrastructure in accordance with Intelligence Community Directive (ICD) 503 and facilities accredited to meet the ICD 705 standards.

Microsoft said that these new air-gapped regions of Azure will spur the delivery of national security workloads classified at the US Top Secret level. With 73 services in Azure Government Secret, the company plans to continue to bring new services into the boundary aligned to mission priorities.

“The new Azure regions for highly classified data expand the ability of our national security customers to harness data at speed and scale for operational advantage and increased efficiency, with solutions such as Azure Data Lake, Azure Cosmos DB, Azure HDInsight, Azure Cognitive Services, and more,” the company said in a blog post.

Moreover, new services in Azure Government Top Secret such as Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Azure Functions, and Azure App Service help mission owners working with highly sensitive data to deliver containerized applications, serverless workloads with automated and flexible scaling, and web apps supported by built-in infrastructure maintenance and security patching.

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