Two major projects from the Department of Defense will use Microsoft’s Azure cloud services under new deals signed by DOD and the technology firm, according to Nextgov. Microsoft and ten companies, including Applied Materials, Intel Corporation, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems and Siemens EDA, will use the Azure Government cloud region’s new service to develop a technology solution for a secure microelectronics design for the DOD’s Rapid Assured Microelectronics Prototype program. Writing in a blog post, Mujtaba Hamid, principal program manager for Azure, said the new cloud services would have “Confidential and Secure Cloud Accessible Design Environment (CASCADE) such as, a secure, scalable, collaborative design, and manufacturing environment for Silicon and Microelectronics on Azure.” The blog post further states that the RAMP solution “will be hosted in Azure Government regions, ensuring compliance with DoD supply chain requirements.” Meanwhile, Microsoft has also announced a partnership with General Dynamics Information Technology that would provide Azure services access to federal customers.
Jill Aitoro is senior vice president of content strategy for CyberRisk Alliance. She has more than 20 years of experience editing and reporting on technology, business and policy. Prior to joining CRA, she worked at Sightline Media as editor of Defense News and executive editor of the Business-to-Government Group. She previously worked at Washington Business Journal and Nextgov, covering federal technology, contracting and policy, as well as CMP Media’s VARBusiness and CRN and Penton Media’s iSeries News.
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