Cloud computing has been the subject of considerable interest among government CIOs, who have been struggling to improve the delivery of services while operating under flat or shrinking budgets. At the federal level, the Obama administration has directed agencies to prioritize cloud solutions as they move ahead with new IT projects.
Myers says the "cloud-first" policy has changed the conversation in government IT circles. Thanks in part to FedRAMP, security concerns no longer seem insurmountable, and the potential for cost savings and freeing up personnel for mission objectives has effectively reframed the cloud proposition as a question of "how," rather than "if."
"That is off the table. It is not a matter of 'will you' in any fashion," Myers says.
"The cloud isn't an end unto itself, but it's an enabler that allows us to drive the mission," he adds.
With Azure, Microsoft is looking to offer a platform for compute, storage and networking that can also serve as a hub for government users' applications and workloads from other technology providers. Azure Government, Myers says, can provide an inclusive architecture that can support processes from the likes of Oracle, SAP and Drupal.
"We understand that you can't be an enterprise-grade and scalable solution for an agency in the federal government and be a one-trick pony," he says.
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