Giving a boost to its cloud capabilities for U.S. State and Federal Agencies, Microsoft added PowerBI and HDInsight data tools to its Azure Government Cloud. Microsoft made the announcement earlier this week at the Microsoft Tech Summit in a bid to capture a bigger chunk of the growing government cloud market.
The Redmond-based company has also included the new Microsoft Cognitive Services that include facial and voice recognition and is available for use only by the governments. Azure is competing against the government solutions from Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services, and these new features should give it an edge over others.
Using the Cognitive Services added to the Government Cloud, the developers will be able to build apps much better and faster. A series of machine based language, vision, search and knowledge of API included in the Cognitive Services will help the developers in doing so.
With the addition of PowerBI, the Azure Government Cloud will bring a drastic change to how data is analysed and reported. All the data will be brought straight to one single dashboard that could also show live data and let the customer stay connected to their data. All the analytics tools, report authoring, canvas and visualisations are made much more interactive, visually appealing and at the same easy to understand and interpret.
HDInsight was another significant addition to the Azure Government Cloud that is designed to handle big data. HDInsight is a fully managed cloud Hadoop offering that helps in streaming and processing large sets of data in real time. For this, the tool uses Spark for HDInsight, Kafka, and Storm. This will enable data scientist to leverage big data for delivering a personalised experience and building intelligent applications.