Microsoft and Dell EMC have started a partnership to provide cloud services to the tactical edge. Silicon Angle reports that they are referring to remote locations where network connections leave much to be desired and mobility and portability are essential requirements.

The companies have announced two new products to make this possible. These are Dell EMC Tactical Microsoft Azure Stack and Azure Data Box. The two products are designed to support the US military, as well as humanitarian efforts and disaster response operations. The products are therefore made available to U.S. government agencies.

Tactical Microsoft Azure Stack is based on the standard Azure Stack platform, which is a private cloud offer for enterprises that brings Azure capabilities to their own data centers. The solution is sold through Dell EMC and is a ‘rugged’ combination of a device and software that allows military and government customers to set up cloud services and devices in remote environments.

The stacks are fully mobile and portable and meet the specifications and security requirements of the U.S. Army, according to the companies. They also offer an optional connection to Microsoft’s Azure Government-, Azure Secret- and Azure Top Secret regions.

Azure Data Box

The Azure Data Box is a family of products, consisting of Azure Data Box Edge, Azure Data Box Gateway, Azure Data Box Disk and Azure Data Box Heavy. The products are designed to help process and move data in edge-based scenarios, while also offering some machine learning capabilities.

According to Microsoft, the Dell EMC Tactical Microsoft Azure Stack is available from the first quarter in the United States. Other countries will follow later this year.

The Azure Data Box Edge, which offers AI enabled compute capabilities, is now available as a preview via the Azure Goverenment-cloud. Azure Data Box Gateway, a virtual storage device, will be available in March this year. The Azure Data Box Disk and Azure Data Box Heavy for moving data to the cloud will be available by the middle of this year.

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