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Microsoft Azure Technology on Government owned Servers!

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Microsoft and the government has long since been in a battle of the territory as the Microsoft cloud space becomes more viable and the more inexpensive solution for mobility.  The Microsoft cloud space has taken off like a rocket in terms of businesses taking advantage of the cloud offerings such as Office 365, Azure, InTune, RMS, Dynamics 365, and more. All these products by Microsoft is giving businesses which were once steadfast and locked into a certain territory due to equipment and its maintenance, now the ability to have a global presence with access to their secured data. This is what Microsoft data centers are, which is essentially the cloud. It eliminates the need for conventional equipment while cutting costs and increasing the availability of the data.

Businesses have gone from whole, full fledged data centers into single standalone data backup solutions with their primary corporate data being housed on Microsoft servers.  Microsoft has since boasted the a 99% availability for the data and its assets. To bundle up that high-availability, Microsoft has managed to make its products diverse enough to be used on any computer and innovative enough to where it can be shared, removed, administered, and manipulated with 100% sustainability. By proving this methodology and this products viability, Microsoft has taken a foot hold of the business community worldwide as the entire world is skipping to the beat of the Microsoft Cloud space.

 

 

The one entity, and typically is the last component to jump on a popular trend, is the government. Unless the government has a hand in the technology to house their own version of the product or have a secured version of the product that they manage, then they are a bit skeptical to join the band wagon with the rest of the world. For the questions about security and the ability to control or administer the data as per government standards and regulation is the reason Microsoft came up with Azure Government. This Azure space or data center space is specifically and strategically designed for the government to give them the foothold on their data that they require. Various government entities have been making moves towards Azure Government, but it has been a very slow and monotonous process due to the heavy testing and redesigning of certain aspects in order to accommodate the various government department requirements.

Microsoft announced this week to make even more concessions for the government and this is by far one of the greatest. Microsoft announced on Monday that they would allow the government to run Azure Cloud technology on their own servers. This gives the government full control over the cloud space, while being able to utilize Azure full scale with no possibility of the data being housed along with the private sector. Due to hacking possibilities and the security required at government facilities, this gives the government the ease of knowing that they can now utilize the technology without compromising the new currency, which is data!

The utilization of Microsoft Azure in the government space on their servers allows that silo capability that some of these agencies require, such as the military and embassies abroad. These sectors and segments of government will always require their own servers to manage the data being housed. This movement has been confirmed by Microsoft’s head of Global Infrastructure, which is Tom Keane.  Tom’s idea is to utilize the Azure Stack in that scenario and make it more attractive to these siloed agencies to expand the reach of Microsoft Cloud technology in the government space.

Due to this move that the cloud space is making, the cloud movement is set to move up a whopping $74.7 billion, which is a 36% increase from 2017.  These are the numbers pushed by Canalys due to their research and discovery.  Currently out of that increase, Microsoft is set to house at least 14% of that increase in global cloud presence. As the world braces for more innovation from Microsoft and its partners such as IT GURUS OF ATLANTA, Azure Government is set to rapidly grow in the government sector globally. IT GURUS OF ATLANTA will continue to present updates to the Microsoft Cloud space as we are a trusted Microsoft partner of choice.

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Jan. 22nd, 2018 – Domestic Travel Now Requires “REAL ID” or Passport!

Monday, December 4th, 2017

No change today can happen without the involvement of technology. Technology has grown to be an everyday use which has become the core function of everything that we do as a species. For this reason, the Federal Government has embraced this reality much faster than everyone else. One of the ways that the government has managed to implement technology based solutions and now laws, is through changing the way how everyday functions are completed or accepted. An example of this is the government standard for acceptable identification. Most people think of an ID as going down to your local DMV and getting a state issued ID or using your Driver’s license. Well, thanks to the Real ID Act of 2005 which was signed into law by President Bush over 12 years ago.

Many people are unaware of the Real ID act of 2005, but as January 22nd, 2018, most anyone traveling in the United States on an airplane will know the Real ID act of 2005 and how it affects them.  How will everyone that takes an airplane become aware? Well that is a good question, and IT GURUS OF ATLANTA has the answer. As of January 22nd, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will no longer accept Drivers Licenses or State issued IDs that are not part of the REAL ID system as acceptable forms of identification to travel domestically from state to state. This means that if you are traveling from New York to California, you will need to have a passport, or some other federal government issued ID to be able to travel.  With this now being December, most people already have tickets to travel to various destinations domestically in January by now or months after.  So, for all airline travelers that travel on or after January 22nd, 2018, this applies to you.

The change will go into effect for 25 out of the 50 states immediately. The states that still allow travel domestically with a state issued ID that are not REAL ID compliant will be under a strict guideline to comply to the mandated law.  It is highly advised that for those that do not have a passport, that getting one should be at the top of the agenda prior to boarding an aircraft. People may find that they can board an airplane into a destination, but they cannot board their flight going home or connecting flight due to the mandated law.  With getting a passport not being a mandatory requirement, few people have a passport to travel. This law forces the hand of Americans to now get a passport to be compliant.

President Bush in 2005 signed this $82 billion-dollar military spending bill which required all American IDs to be electronically readable and federal approved.  Today, all state IDs are different including driver’s licenses. Each state has their own standard for how their IDs look and how they are deemed compliant for that state.  With so many different IDs available per state, going from state to state makes the validity of an ID hard to determine.  The focus behind Real ID is to put an end to this current state of no standard.  This action was derived from the commission report recommendation after the attack on the United States on 9/11. More secure IDs is the determining factor to reduce terrorism.

All state issued ID cards will be required to have a minimum amount of data backed up by verifiable documents. This data contained on the ID cards must be accessible by other states including the federal government.  For a state to be compliant, the ID must contain the person’s full name, signature, date of birth, gender, ID number, physical address, front-facing photograph, and all this data should be machine readable via a barcode scanner.  Facial recognition is a requirement for the IDs to be compliant for the government to link the data to individuals.  Does this sound like RFID? Well it does, but fortunately for now, RFID requirements are not on the table, even though these activities seem to be priming society for its introduction as a mandatory requirement.

 

The states that are currently compliant with Real ID are as follows:

Nevada

Utah

Arizona

New Mexico

Colorado

Wyoming

South Dakota

Nebraska

Kansas

Texas

Arkansas

Iowa

Mississippi

Tennessee

Alabama

Georgia

Indiana

Ohio

West Virginia

Florida

North Carolina

D.C.

Maryland

Delaware

Connecticut

Vermont

All other states either have an extension to become compliant or are under review. Acceptable forms of Real ID are a Green Card, Passport, Military ID, or a State Issued Real ID. No other license or IDs will be accepted for domestic travel starting January 22nd, 2018.

 

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