Microsoft to Host the Government’s Classified Data Early Next Year

NextGov: Microsoft is making moves to target a growing multibillion market: hosting, storing and running the U.S. government’s most sensitive classified secrets and data.

On Tuesday, the software giant announced it will join rival Amazon as the only commercial cloud providers with the security capabilities to host secret classified data by the end of the first quarter of 2019. Microsoft’s announcement comes days before the Pentagon will accept bids on its $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract, which it will award to a single cloud service provider.

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