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Optimizing Microsoft Government Licensing
The AOS-G program is the only way for companies to purchase GCC High Licensing. This is done through a modified Enterprise Agreement, which is different from commercial licensing acquisition in a number of ways (see below). Azure Government subscriptions are available for a variety of use cases, including long-term logging for security and audit purposes.
Microsoft 365 GCC High does not have an equivalent to commercial Microsoft 365-style Business Premium licensing. These licenses types are insufficient to meet NIST 800-171 controls, so they are not offered. Instead, Microsoft 365 Frontline and Enterprise license types F1, E3, E5, etc. licenses are available and supported.
Given the additional security and compliance services provided by Microsoft GCC High licensing is approximately 70% more costly than equivalent commercial licensing.
Microsoft 365 GCC High is licensed via a modified Enterprise Agreement , and therefore as such, licenses must be purchased for one year at a time. During that year, licenses and add-ons can be added and reassigned, but they cannot be removed.
We’ve helped thousands of organizations license, implement, and migrate to the cloud. Our guides and blogs are excellent resources to help you understand the Microsoft sovereign clouds and how to reach compliance in Microsoft 365 GCC High and Azure Government.