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Microsoft adds new tools to government cloud

Microsoft announced general availability of its Azure Managed Disks service and Power BI in the Microsoft Government Cloud.

Azure Managed Disks simplifies disk management for Azure infrastructure-as-a-service virtual machines by managing the storage accounts associated with the VM disks. Users specify the size of the storage disk they need and the type (SSD or HDD), and Azure creates and manages the disks.

Managed Disks are available in USGov Virginia, USGov Texas, USGov Arizona, USDoD Central and USDoD East Azure US Government regions.

Power BI Premium will be generally available for both the Government Community Cloud and Department of Defense users beginning Oct. 1.

Power BI Premium builds on the existing Power BI portfolio and features a capacity-based licensing model that increases flexibility for how users access, share and distribute content. The new offering also delivers additional scalability and performance to the Power BI service.

The company also recently announced Azure Government previews of Azure Active Directory Premium and cross-region disaster recovery services.

The Azure Active Directory Premium service offers enterprise customers that require the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program or Defense Department security compliance high-availability services. While certifications aren't in place yet, the company said it plans to soon have them in place for general availability.

Disaster recovery for Azure IaaS virtual machines lets users replicate and protect IaaS-based applications running on Azure to a different Azure Government region of their choice within a geographical cluster without deploying any additional infrastructure or software. This new capability allows government users to automate protection and replication of virtual machines and  create a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy for all IaaS-based applications running in Azure Government.

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