Windows Azure achieves industry first with FedRAMP approval

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Welcome to Motifworks’ Weekly Windows Azure Update where we post key Azure news, updates and information every Friday, giving you a convenient way to stay on top of Azure cloud developments.

10/16 Webinar: Planning and Implementing Your Hybrid Cloud Deployment
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How will the shutdown affect U.S. Government Cloud Initiatives?
Microsoft Windows Azure wins provisional FedRAMP cloud security certification, but will the current shutdown delay the U.S. Government’s efforts to move agency activity into the cloud?

Windows Azure Achieves Industry First with its FedRAMP JAB P-ATO
Microsoft Windows Azure’s Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO), granted by the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board (JAB), makes Azure the first public cloud platform to secure such approval.

Gartner: 50% of Enterprises to Use Hybrid Cloud By 2017
Gartner study says “nearly half” of large companies will deploy in hybrid cloud by 2017 as concerns about public cloud adoption will “fall away in the near future,” according to according to InformationWeek Cloud.

The Healthcare Sector to Invest $5.4 Billion in Cloud Computing by 2017
MarketsandMarkets projects cloud adoption in the health care industry to grow by 20% over the next four years. A separate study estimates health care entities can  reduce costs by 9% over the next three years via cloud computing implementations.


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