Microsoft to launch Azure in Canberra

https://www.itnews.com.au/news/microsoft-to-launch-azure-in-canberra-in-push-for-sensitive-govt-data-470794

Microsoft is launching two Canberra regions for its Azure platform in a major investment to convince Australian government agencies to move their data to its public cloud.

The company will go live with the new regions, based in Canberra Data Centres’ Hume and Fyshwick facilities, in the first half of 2018.

These regions will join Microsoft’s existing Australian public cloud data centres in Sydney and Melbourne, taking the total number of global Azure regions to 42.

The move also steals a march on Azure’s biggest competitor, Amazon Web Services, which does not have any data centres in Canberra, though recently announced Direct Connect through NextDC.

The two Azure regions – dubbed Australian Central 1 and 2 – will be plumbed into the ICON network that connects all Australian government agencies.

“Less than three years ago, we launched our first cloud services from an Australian data centre. Since then, we’ve worked to lead the way in delivering trusted innovation to our customers and partners, which has at times meant the hard work of undertaking very onerous compliance processes,” James Kavanagh, Microsoft Azure engineering lead for Australia, said.

“We’ve taken on that effort to reduce the work our partners and customers must do themselves, thus accelerating their ability to adopt innovation.

“This has led the Australian Signals Directorate to certify a total of 52 services across Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics 365 – far more than all other cloud services combined.”

Under rules managed by the ASD, government data is classified into four levels: unclassified, protected, secret and top secret.

Only two cloud providers are currently certified to handle protected-level data, Vault Systems and Sliced Tech.

Microsoft has been awarded unclassified certification for specific Azure and Office 365 services, and is now actively seeking protected status – which, despite the company’s bullish language and significant investment in Canberra, is not guaranteed and could still be some way off.

Some 40 Microsoft cloud services have been audited by IRAP assessor Shearwater Solutions, with the assessor recommending 25 of these for protected certification, and the other 15 requiring further work.

“We’re still working to finalise this certification process with Australian Signals Directorate and for clarity it is important to be aware that Microsoft Azure is not certified at protected level by ASD. We still have work to do, but the pathway is understood,” Kavanagh said.

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trust us they said..

“Microsoft is launching two Canberra regions for its Azure platform in a major investment to convince Australian government agencies to move their data to its public cloud.”

so secure in the cloud..

“The two Azure regions – dubbed Australian Central 1 and 2 – will be plumbed into the ICON network that connects all Australian government agencies.”

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~ by seeker401 on August 17, 2017.

One Response to “Microsoft to launch Azure in Canberra”

  1. ““We’ve taken on that effort to reduce the work our partners and customers must do themselves, thus accelerating their ability to adopt innovation.”

    The market and profit of data collection and storage is considered to open the doors to “innovation”.

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