Microsoft officials announced the official debut Wednesday of a new dedicated cloud computing service for government customers in the United States, called Office 365 for Government.
Office 365 for Government is a multi-tenant service that stores US government data in a segregated community cloud.
Like it’s other Office 365 offerings, Office 365 for Government includes Exchange Online, Lync Online, SharePoint Online and Office Professional Plus, according to Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president, Microsoft Office Division.
The new dedicated cloud computing service supports, or complies with, a variety of global and regional standards including ISO 27001, SAS70 Type II, the US Health Insurance Portability, Accountability Act (HIPAA), the US Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) and other security measures.
“We also plan to support IPv6 in Office 365 by September of this year, and we’re taking steps to soon support Criminal Justice Information Security (CJIS) policies,” Koenigsbauer said in a Microsoft blog posted Wednesday
Last year, Microsoft announced the Office 365 ITAR option, which is a dedicated environment – built and managed for a single agency and that agency’s unique requirements. This announcement is different in that it’s a community cloud, with multiple tenants but reserved only for government customers.