MS Unveils Two Secret Data Centers Built for Classified Gov't Data

    MS Unveils Two Secret Data Centers Built for Classified Gov't Data

    MS Unveils Two Secret Data Centers Built for Classified Gov't Data

    By Frank Konkel, Executive Editor, Nextgov April 17, 2019 05:50 PM ET

    Posted: 18 Apr 2019
    Microsoft is building data centers and expanding security capabilities to compete with Amazon to host sensitive government data.

    Microsoft unveiled two data centers Wednesday designed exclusively to host the government’s secret classified data.
    Microsoft’s announcement is part of the company’s plan to compete with Amazon—the only company cleared to host the CIA and Defense Department’s secret and top secret classified data—and comes as both companies compete for a $10 billion military cloud contract called JEDI.

    While Microsoft’s new data centers are operational, the company awaits security accreditation from the Defense Department before military branches or intelligence agencies can begin moving secret classified data to the facilities. But Microsoft is offering a “private preview” for its existing customers in which they can move unclassified workloads to the data centers.

    Microsoft did not disclose the location of their data centers, though the company said they are 500 miles apart from each other. In addition, the company announced that each of its Azure Government regions—data centers that specifically support government customers—were granted what is called Impact Level 5, or IL5, provisional authorization from the Defense Department, meaning they can host, process and run analytics on the Pentagon’s sensitive unclassified data. . . . .

    more: https://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tec...t-data/156376/




    (Please pardon the crude formatting - first news post, not a HTML scholar...)
    mta3006's Avatar Posted By: mta3006
    18 Apr 2019

  1. Josey Wales's Avatar
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    Why would they even acknowledge this??
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  2. mta3006's Avatar
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    ". . . to compete with Amazon—the only company cleared to host the CIA and Defense Department’s secret and top secret classified data—"

    Talk about outsourcing!
    Soon the troops will have to order beans and bullets through Walmart or Rakuten.....
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    Josey Wales said:
    Why would they even acknowledge this??
    ".....Unveils Two Secret Data Centers...."
    Spot the oxymoron!
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  4. Mutoidi's Avatar
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    Josey Wales said:
    Why would they even acknowledge this??
    As has so long been 'their' methodology ~ such things remain 'hidden in broad daylight'.

    By openly acknowledging this to us (and Amazon, no doubt!) they also relieve themselves of the pressures of maintaining the pretense of a 'secret'?

    Corporate Ego might also have something to do with it.
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    Mutoidi said:
    As has so long been 'their' methodology ~ such things remain 'hidden in broad daylight'.

    By openly acknowledging this to us (and Amazon, no doubt!) they also relieve themselves of the pressures of maintaining the pretense of a 'secret'?

    Corporate Ego might also have something to do with it.
    It also may open the door to the bad guys to start looking for them.
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  6. Mutoidi's Avatar
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    Josey Wales said:
    It also may open the door to the bad guys to start looking for them.
    Of course.. but I guess that depends upon whom one considers to be 'the bad guys'?

    "C'mon.. crack this little lot, if you can"!
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  7. Steve C's Avatar
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    In the UK the location of such facilities is not published. They are housed in government owned premises but suitably cleared contractors are involved in their operation.
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