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Hybrid flexibility

Engineered for flexibility and consistency across public, private, and hosted clouds.

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Comprehensive compliance

The most certifications of any cloud provider; tailored to address critical US federal, state, and local government compliance standards.

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Superior protection

Hardened, geo-redundant US datacenters (including one on the east coast), located at least 500 miles apart from each other and staffed by screened US persons.

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Government only

A physically isolated instance of Microsoft Azure, built exclusively for government customers and their solution providers.

Frequently asked questions

Azure Government cloud 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 US 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 US 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.

Partners in United States that serve US Federal, state, and local government entities in their governmental capacities are eligible for the CSP program for Microsoft Government cloud. Microsoft has a strict validation program to determine eligibility before partners can access Microsoft Government cloud. To qualify, you need to prove that you work with government customers. The sign-up process for the CSP program in Microsoft Could for US Government has been augmented to capture additional data to perform the validation. Types of proof can include, but are not limited to, government contract numbers and letter of sponsorship from your government customer.

Qualification criteria to sell the CSP program for Microsoft Government Cloud is the same as the qualification criteria for CSP Commercial, open to both direct partners and indirect resellers. You do not need to be re-nominated to be an indirect reseller for the CSP program for Microsoft Government Cloud if you are approved as an indirect reseller for CSP Commercial.

Partners will need to onboard to the CSP program for Microsoft Cloud for US Government to meet regulatory and compliance requirements. (Onboarding for Microsoft Cloud for US Government is separate from onboarding for CSP Commercial.) Once you onboard, you can create customers and transact offers available within Microsoft Cloud for US Government. If you are leveraging APIs, see Developing for Partner Center for Microsoft National Cloud.

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