ASD has increased the number of certified Azure services from six to 40.
This includes all of the core services appropriate for infrastructure and applications in the hyperscale cloud, according to Microsoft officials.
Examples include Azure Log Analytics, ExpressRoute, Azure Security Centre, Azure Machine Learning, Azure Internet-of-Things Hub and Azure Application Services.
Microsoft national technology officer James Kavanagh said: “We are building the most open platform for innovation, a platform that is trusted and assured to Australian needs. It’s also a platform that every software developer, every user, every organisation in business or government can use to do more. Trust is a vital foundation for innovation, so our job is to ensure Microsoft cloud continues to be the most trusted platform on which innovation can thrive.”
Existing public sector users of Azure and Office 365 include the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Bendigo Hospital (Victoria), and emergency services in Queensland, NSW and Victoria.
Company officials claimed Microsoft was the only provider of cloud services that could address the full range of data security requirements from the Australian Government, all the way from unclassified data through to Protected, Secret and Top Secret data.
Other providers on the CCSL (as of March 2017 – the public list on the ASD web site had not been updated at the time of writing) are Sliced Tech and Vault Systems (to the Protected level), and AWS, IBM and Salesforce (to the Unclassified DLM level).