Azure Government Newsletter–May 2017


Today I am happy to be sending you the May 2017 edition of my Microsoft Azure Government update newsletter. Always feel free to email me if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a meeting to discuss any Azure topic. My email is You can also follow me on Twitter at @mphacker, visit my blog at, or find me on LinkedIn.

Recent Announcements

Microsoft Opens Two New Azure Government Regions: US Gov Texas and US Gov Arizona!
Since Azure Government was made generally available over two years ago, the response from government agencies of all sizes has been substantial, driving significant growth of the platform. Given this demand from US government customers across the country, we are expanding our US government cloud offering. Azure Government is pleased to announce the general availability of two new regions: US Gov Arizona and US Gov Texas. These new regions give Azure Government more geographic choices than any other hyper scale US government cloud service provider.

Cool Blob Storage is Now Available in the US Gov Texas and US Gov Arizona Regions
Customers deploying workloads in the new US Government regions can take advantage of the cost benefits of the cool storage tier for storing backup data, media content, scientific data, active archival data—and in general, any data that is less frequently accessed. For details on how to start using this feature, please see the getting-started documentation.

DocumentDB is Now Available in the US Gov Texas and US Gov Arizona Regions
DocumentDB allows developers to build new applications that store, query and process data without rigid constraints on schema or the need to manage infrastructure.  As a managed service, DocumentDB removes the heavy lifting of provisioning, managing and scaling virtual machines.  You can create a database account in minutes, provision the resources you need and scale the database as your application grows.

Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub now Available on Azure Government Marketplace
Deploy the full power of Cloudera’s enterprise data hub on-demand with Cloudera Director, or through the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Quickly launch, run, and scale production Hadoop clusters that meet your demanding data workloads. Learn more here.

Introducing the Azure Environment Selector Visual Studio Extension
Visual Studio has many tools that enable developers to easily interact with Azure. These are tools like the Cloud Explorer for Visual Studio 2017, Visual Studio Server Explorer, the main Visual Studio login, and even being able to right-click in the Visual Studio Solution Explorer to deploy a web project to Azure.  However, by default, these tools connect directly to the Azure commercial cloud. This new extension enables you to easily switch between using Azure Commercial or Azure Government with these Visual Studio 2017 tools. Learn more here. Note: if you are using Visual Studio 2015 you will need to make a manual modification to your PC registry.

Educational Links and Articles

  • Networking to and within the Azure Cloud
    Olivier Martin, Global Black Belt for Azure Networking has recently written a three part article outlining how to manage networking within the cloud. Olivier provides some great information even for experienced Azure network engineers.
    Part 1: Hybrid Network Connectivity Options
    Part 2: Intra-Cloud Connectivity Options
    Part 3: Putting All the Concepts Together
  • Microsoft Virtual Academy – Building Microservices Applications on Azure Service Fabric
    Learn how your organization can build always-on, scalable, distributed applications using tools you are already familiar with, including containers. Take the free training course here. Looking for a sample Visual Studio solution for Service Fabric? Check out this sample.
  • The Azure Podcast: featuring Azure Govenrment
    In the latest episode of The Azure Podcast, Steve Michelotti of the Azure Government engineering sits down with The Azure Podcast team to discuss the latest and greatest of Azure Government. You can listen to the Podcast here.
  • State and Local Government (SLG) Events Webcasts
    Check out the updated SLG Events website and register for one of several free webcasts that cover a wide range of topics, inlcuding: Azure, Office 365, security and compliance, and licensing. These webcasts are created specifically for state and local government entities.

Azure Fundamentals Workshop

Skills in cloud computing technologies are very high in demand and you have an opportunity to expand or increase your knowledge on the subject through our Azure Fundamentals Workshop. This workshop allows you to get hands-on with Microsoft Azure and learn the basics to get you going quickly. During the workshop you will learn about:

  • Storage
  • Compute
  • Networking
  • Resrouce Groups
  • Creating virtual machines
  • Understanding PaaS
  • Creating and configuring a web application
  • Creating and configuring an Azure SQL database

This workshop is available to you at no additional cost. It can be delivered in-person or via a webcast for small to medium (5 – 15 people) groups at a time. If you would like to learn more about this workshop, please email me at


New Azure Friday Episode Featuring Azure Government
In the newest episode of Azure Friday, Steve Michelotti talks with Scott Hanselman about Azure Government, which provides a separate physical and network-isolated instance of Azure for federal, state, and local governments with a higher level of compliance for US Government workloads. Steve shows how easy it is to get connected and get started with Azure Government.


Developing Cognitive Services Apps on Azure Government


Azure Operations Management Suite


Do you find these Azure Government updates useful? Is there something that we could include which would make it more valuable to you? We would love to get feedback on what we can do to help meet your organizational objectives with Azure. Simply reply back to this email with your thoughts and suggestions.

You can now make your voice heard directly to the Azure Government engineering team through our new feedback website. The Azure Government Feedback forum allows us to collect, manage, and prioritize customer feedback, and drive engagement with the Azure Government community. Through responding to user ideas and requests, we hope to increase customer satisfaction and bring more transparency to the process.

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