Microsoft acquires cloud orchestration company to benefit Azure

Microsoft Announces Canberra Data Centres For Government

Along with Australian certifications for Office 365 and Dynamics 365, Microsoft is recognized as the most complete and trusted cloud platform in Australia. Microsoft will become the first major cloud provider to offer regions specifically focused on the needs of the government and their partners in Australia. The new regions will be dedicated to Australian federal, state and local government, New Zealand government, and their partners in order to overcome concerns of government agencies using public infrastructure for managing Unclassified and Protected government data. As customers continue to look for faster, more efficient ways to run their workloads, Cycle Computing's depth and expertise around massively scalable applications make them a great fit to join our Microsoft team.

The acquisition is a strong strategic move in the "cloud wars" Microsoft faces against Google.

Microsoft acquired the US-based cloud computing orchestration software provider as a further step in that direction, according to Zander.

The two CDC campuses are the only private data centre facilities in Australia with the security controls and accreditations appropriate for the handling of Top Secret government data. Government customers now using the secure Intra-Government Communications Network (ICON) will be able to directly connect to Azure in Canberra.

Zander said the acquisition would combine Azure public cloud infrastructure such as GPU processing capabilities and support for Infiniband networking with Cycle Computing's orchestration and HPC heritage.

In this vein, Microsoft hopes Cycle Computing will help customers accelerate their movement to the cloud, and take advantage of the cloud's most performant and compliant infrastructure available.

It also reflects the whole-of-nation approach to the protection of national critical infrastructure that the Australian government is driving through the National Cybersecurity Strategy. We're still working to finalise this certification process with Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) and for clarity it is important to be aware that Microsoft Azure is not certified at Protected level by ASD.

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