What is Azure Government?
US government agencies or their partners interested in cloud services that meet government security and compliance requirements, can be confident that Microsoft Azure Government provides world-class security, protection, and compliance services. Azure Government delivers a dedicated cloud enabling government agencies and their partners to transform mission-critical workloads to the cloud. Azure Government services handle data that is subject to certain government regulations and requirements, such as FedRAMP, NIST 800.171 (DIB), ITAR, IRS 1075, DoD L4, and CJIS. In order to provide you with the highest level of security and compliance, Azure Government uses physically isolated datacenters and networks (located in U.S. only).
Azure Government customers (US federal, state, and local government or their partners) are subject to validation of eligibility. If there is a question about eligibility for Azure Government, you should consult your account team. To sign up for trial, request your trial subscription.
The following video gives a good introduction of Azure Government.
Compare Azure Government and global Azure
Azure Government uses same underlying technologies as global Azure, which includes the core components of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Azure Government includes Geo-Synchronous data replication, auto scaling, network, storage, data management, identity management, among other services. However, there are some key differences that developers working on applications hosted in Azure Government must be aware of. For detailed information, see Guidance for developers.
As a developer, you must know how to connect to Azure Government and once you connect you will mostly have the same experience as global Azure. To see variations between Azure Government and global Azure, see Compare Azure Government and global Azure and click on individual service.
To start using Azure Government, first check out Guidance for developers. Then, use one of the following quickstarts that show you how to connect to Azure Government.
- Connect with the Azure Government portal
- Connect with the Azure CLI
- Connect with PowerShell
- Connect with Visual Studio
- Deploy with Azure DevOps Services
- Connect with SQL Server Management Studio
- Connect to Storage in Azure Government
Learn more about Azure Government: Acquiring and accessing Azure Government