Microsoft has touted a new service that it claims will make it easier for public sector organisations to move to Microsoft Azure by taking care of the various regulatory issues that moving data to the cloud can bring.
The new services is dubbed Azure Blueprint allows public sector outfits to quickly implement the necessary cloud security principles the government requires.
In the UK this will cover the 14 Government'Cloud Security Principles published by the UK's newly-opened National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which includes practices around the separation of data between users, operational security and asset protection and resilience.
For example, Microsoft boasts that Azure uses the industry-standard Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 protocol with 2048-bit RSA/SHA256 encryption keys to encrypt communication internally and between customers and the cloud, while its Azure Active Directory ensures that that consumer data stored in shared Azure data centres is not accessible by another organisation.
Microsoft claims will it easier and quicker for organisations to start storing large amounts of information online, in turn cutting the time it takes to get set up on Azure from "weeks to hours".
Alex Taylor, Azure Lead for UK Public Sector at Microsoft, said: "The release of this latest guidance into the Azure family is further evidence of the how highly Microsoft rates security, trust and flexibility in its public and hybrid cloud solutions.
"Organisations can sign up to Azure to transform how they work, whilst knowing that their data is secure and available across a range of scenarios."
Microsoft has released a UK Official compliance architecture ARM (Azure Resource Manager) template on GitHub, which provides a foundation for customers to quickly create workloads in Microsoft Azure.
"This template delivers a secure hybrid environment that extends an on-premises network to Azure, allowing web-based workloads to be accessed securely by corporate users or from the internet," Microsoft explains.
Microsoft has also unveiled Service Bus Premium Messaging, "high-performance" communication tool for the cloud that is now available in its UK data centres.
It addresses common customer requests around scale, performance and availability for critical applications, according to the firm.
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