Microsoft on Tuesday announced new advancements to its government cloud offerings, which will expand its ability to store Department of Defense (DoD) data and increase the number of regions in which their data centers are available.

These expansions include two data center regions dedicated to DoD-specific Office365 and Azure services, which have been designed to meet DoD Impact Level 5 requirements. Microsoft will also be expanding government data centers into Arizona and Texas, which will be available in 2017.

“Governments across the United States–from the biggest Federal agencies to the smallest towns–are increasingly turning to the cloud to be more productive and collaborative, and to better harness exponentially growing amounts of data that helps them better support the citizens they serve,” said Jason Zander, corporate vice president of Microsoft Azure.

Last month, Microsoft was the first company to bring a product across the FedRAMP Accelerated finish line, a process that took about 15 weeks.

“As we continue to build out our government cloud infrastructure and services here in the U.S. and in data centers across the globe, we will continue to work to ensure our innovations in cloud technology, capacity, trust and compliance help governments work better for everyone,” said Zander.

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Jessie Bur
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Jessie Bur is a Staff Reporter for MeriTalk covering Cybersecurity, FedRAMP, GSA, Congress, Treasury, DOJ, NIST and Cloud Computing.