Yesterday at Microsoft’s worldwide partner conference, my colleague Curt Kolcun, Vice President, U.S. Public Sector announced additional updates that make Microsoft’s cloud – which spans infrastructure, data, productivity, mobility and more –an increasingly compelling solution for government customers.
Curt announced several things. The first is that Dynamics CRM Online joins Office 365 and Azure in providing additional cloud services for government, in compliance with FedRAMP. Available in early 2015, this will allow customers to use their existing Microsoft investments on-premises and in the cloud through hybrid capabilities including integration with Azure and Office 365 government community clouds.
He also provided an update on our Azure government cloud offering, which is one step closer to general availability. This progress built on a private preview announced earlier this year at our Federal Forum, which now expands the preview to more partner and customer solutions and workloads. Solution Providers who work with government customers and are interested in participating in the expanded Azure government preview can contact AzureGovt@microsoft.com.
Although I’m on the West Coast, it was super to feel the buzz all the way from Washington, D.C. yesterday. Announcing these advances at the worldwide partner conference provides a view into how Cloud services are shaping the services provided to federal, state, local and tribal customers throughout the United States.
You can learn more about these announcements here.