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CTO says cloud services earn vote of International Election Monitoring Group

John Moore | May 2, 2014
The National Democratic Institute has workers in 65 countries -- not all of them friendly. To support its growing global mission, and to improve efficiency without buying more hardware, the nonpartisan nonprofit has spent the last four years migrating to the cloud.

Cloud deployment is becoming the standard procedure in field locations, where cloud-based email and collaboration tools already play an important role. Spence points to the benefits of the cloud versus building a network in a physical place that can be easily disrupted. Events such as power outages and raids on election monitoring offices can threaten applications and data.

"The standard [now] is to put it in the cloud," Spence says.

 

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