In addition, government entities require 24/7 access to their data, desktops, applications and communications from anywhere on any device, which is why leveraging a cloud solution is increasingly becoming a “go-to” approach for government.
To no surprise, many state and local CIO’s are still foggy about cloud infrastructure. While most of the benefits of using hosted computing services are obvious, it’s still unclear which the right approach is? Is it better to use a private cloud or public cloud? How do you choose the right cloud strategy for your business computing needs? As with most things, there is no “one size fits all” approach to cloud computing.
Below is a feature comparison chart for both ReliaCloud®, OneNeck’s hosted private cloud and Microsoft Azure Government that can assist you with determining which cloud model best suits your business needs.
|Extensive hybrid options||X|
|Offers public cloud||X||X|
|Offers private cloud||X|
|Dedicated connectivity directly into cloud infrastructure||X||X|
|Accessible, local data centers||X|
|Global data centers||X|
|High LAN bandwidth||X|
|Direct integration with colocation||X|
|100% VM Uptime SLA||X|
|Bare metal compute capabilities||X|
|High IOPS, low latency storage||X|
|Integration with physical appliances||X|
Azure Government is a unique cloud instance, exclusively for U.S. government agencies and their solution providers including:
Microsoft has a strict validation program to determine eligibility before organizations can move their workloads to the Azure Government cloud.
COMPLIANCE is the name of the game.
Designed for the U.S. government from the ground up, Microsoft Cloud for Government enables public sector customers in the United States—from large federal agencies to small town governments—to select from a range of cloud computing services. To best address its customers’ specific needs, Microsoft has made significant investment in data centers and is dedicated to meeting IT compliance with U.S. federal and state policies, mandates and requirements.
Microsoft Azure Government delivers a cloud platform built upon the foundational principles of security, privacy and control, compliance and transparency. Public sector entities receive a physically isolated instance of Microsoft Azure that employs world-class security and compliance services critical to U.S. government for all systems and applications built on its architecture. These services include FedRAMP and DoD compliance certifications, CJIS state-level agreements, the ability to issue HIPAA Business Associate Agreements, and support for IRS 1075. Operated by screened U.S. persons, Azure Government supports multiple hybrid scenarios for building and deploying solutions on-premises or in the cloud. Public sector entities can also take advantage of the instant scalability and guaranteed uptime of a hyper-scale cloud service.
Refer to the Azure products available by region for available services in Azure Government. In general, most of the services available in Azure commercial are available in Azure Government with the following areas either not available or only a small subset of products available within:
Microsoft is the only Government Cloud provider that has:
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