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Microsoft and Red Hat Expand Partership to Government

The announcement follows Microsoft receiving high-level security accreditation last week, and will further expand their Azure Government Cloud service.


The two technology companies have revealed that they will allow government organizations to migrate subscriptions to . The offer extends to Azure's certification as a Red Hat CSSP.

As a result, Customers can now move their subscription between on-premises systems and the Azure Government Cloud platform, taking advantage of both of the services.


The support for Azure Government is available on:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 and above
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 and above
  • Red Hat JBoss Middleware
  • Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform
  • Red Hat Gluster Storage

Microsoft emphasizes that despite the migration, agencies will still maintain their direct relationship with Red Hat.

Azure recently announced three major government compliance additions to its framework to offer more support for offsetting workloads to the cloud. The standards will allow the DoD, local law enforcement, and the US federal government to utilize the service.

Azure Government received a Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) from the authorization board through the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). This is the highest accreditation FedRAMP offers and means the service meet the highest security standards of the government.

“The creation of the FedRAMP High Security Baseline is essential in allowing agencies to migrate more high-impact level data to the cloud, said Matt Goodrich, Director of Program Management at FedRAMP, “Microsoft Azure Government's Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) from the FedRAMP JAB is a testament to Microsoft's ability to meet the government's rigorous security requirements.” 

The platform also received an Information Impact Level 4 Authorization which will allow them to host unclassified information. Their ITAR approval extends their credibility further and allows the customers who process International Traffic in Arms Regulations to leverage Azure.

Agencies can take advantage of all this by following the necessary steps here. Microsoft also has guidance on how to prepare a Red Hat VM for Azure.

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