Microsoft Azure powers backup of 2014 EU Parliamentary Elections results website

Amber Stokes
Amber Stokes
By Amber Stokes on 27 May 2014
Microsoft Azure powers backup of 2014 EU Parliamentary Elections results website

The 2014 European Parliamentary Elections results website is using Microsoft Azure for secure backup to ensure seamless, up-to-date information is available on the website following the elections that took place during 22-25 May. 

Microsoft’s implementation was part of the deployment of the election management solution provided by CityNext partner Scytl and the TNS Opinion consortium, which powered the real-time results process. 

It was essential that real-time dissemination of the electoral results was made via the internet and other channels, guaranteeing up-to-date data for citizens at all times. Microsoft Azure was deployed to ensure the process ran smoothly and in order to maintain the continuous publication of results in the event of any potential natural or human disaster. The website is replicated securely in Microsoft Azure’s datacentre in the cloud.

“The Microsoft Azure solution provided for the 2014 EU Parliamentary Elections is of key strategic importance and we are very encouraged that the EU has recognised the robustness, security and reliability of Microsoft Azure and Sctyl’s innovative solution,” said Ruediger Dorn, director cloud computing for Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa.

“The strategic partnership with Microsoft continues to bear fruit for both of our organisations,” said Mikel Irizar, senior vice president for worldwide marketing, Scytl. “The 2014 EU Parliamentary Elections web results project is a clear example of where complimentary technology can be leveraged for the delivery of a robust ad secure electoral solution.”

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