Microsoft in Cloud Deal With US Intel Community

Federico Mansilla
May 18, 2018

Microsoft has signed a six-year agreement with the USA intelligence community to expand the use of the company's technology offerings by 17 agencies within the IC. The transformative agreement further consists of IC using Microsoft's products such as Windows 10, Cloud, Office 365 and Azure for the US Government, and a Joint Enterprise License Agreement with Dell. The agreement comes as a "vehicle" for the American government as they can have access to latest Microsoft technologies for empowering agencies, strengthening security and modernizing infrastructure further.

The deal, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, will also give Microsoft a shot at the controversial 10-year, $10bn cloud contract known as JEDI, which has been under close scrutiny by law-makers in recent weeks.

Supplying cloud services to the U.S. government is a lucrative business, with massive contracts up for grabs. Under the terms of the deal, the agencies can opt to use Microsoft's cloud in their own time frame.

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Using Office 365 for US Government, employees can stay productive from anywhere, using virtually any device, with a seamless platform experience and leading capabilities for mobility, teamwork, analytics, accessibility and AI-driven search. It's a version of the company's cloud platform that is specifically geared toward the public sector and runs in dedicated data centers not used by any commercial customers.

Office 365 for US Government complies with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program at moderate and high impact levels, Criminal Justice Information Services regulations and other federal security standards.

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