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Rick Wagner: Microsoft Seeks to Bring Cloud to the Edge to Back Mission Operators

Rick Wagner, president of Microsoft‘s (Nasdaq: MSFT) federal arm and a four-time Wash100 Award winner, said the company is working to help customers meet their mission requirements and priorities by making investments to deliver cloud capabilities to the edge in support of mission operators.

Wagner wrote in a blog post published Wednesday that the Azure Modular Data Center enables mission operators to use the Azure cloud platform wherever they are, field a complete data center to remote areas and operate the data center with full network connectivity.

He noted that several of the company’s tactical edge devices – Azure Stack Hub, Azure Stack Edge and Azure Data Box – have been accredited at Department of Defense Impact Level 6 for Azure Government Secret.

“With this accreditation, Azure Stack Hub and Azure Stack Edge devices are available for workloads at the Secret classification level, bringing AI and machine learning (ML) to the edge. This means harnessing satellite data more rapidly to enable decision-making in disconnected environments,” he wrote.

“With Azure Data Box available at IL6, mission owners can easily transfer large quantities of data to Azure Government and Azure Government Secret without relying on network connectivity or bandwidth,” Wagner added.

Wagner discussed how the company delivers satellite networking capabilities to mission owners to help them meet their computing and communications needs through Azure Space.

He also mentioned Microsoft’s recent investments to improve cybersecurity and the integration of its U.S. federal arm into the Azure engineering unit to accelerate the delivery of cloud platforms and other services to federal customers in support of their evolving requirements.

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