While Microsoft has recently cut prices on Windows Azure Storage, Microsoft also intends to add a government Cloud offering to its Office 365 line-up of services.
A new option is now available called BPOS-F (Federal). It is compatible with its Office 365 predecessor known as the Business Productivity Online (BPOS) suite.
Office 365 and The BPOS-F Bundle
This bundle hosts SharePoint, Exchange, and Communications Server. But what also makes it a special service it the lock down part. Microsoft has made it a highly secure venture. Microsoft has restricted access to special individuals. There are biometric access controls to gain physical access. The individuals gaining access must be in compliance with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), a US State Department agency. The individuals must be citizens of the United States who have undergone rigorous background checks, including fingerprinting.
The new Business Productivity Online Suite Federal is optimized to meet the security, privacy and compliance needs of U.S. federal government agencies. In addition, new capabilities and certifications will continue to add more expectations in cloud security and privacy. Part of this is includes two-factor authentication, enhanced encryption and the attainment of Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) certification, an important requirement for government information technology.
Microsoft offers a wide variety of cloud computing solutions. They can be in the area of infrastructure to applications for organizations and individuals. The Microsoft government cloud services are interoperable and have options that enable the delivery of solutions in response to changing business needs and at the same time taking advantage of existing IT investments, like software and familiar applications.
The existing venture has been a success as 48 of the 50 U.S. states have chosen the Microsoft Online Services for offerings because the are built from the ground up with enterprise-grade security and privacy in mind.
With the new Office 365 bundle in Azure, government services will have a reliable and secure system to work with.