LinkedIn’s data centre comes online in Singapore, first outside US
By Digital News Asia April 7, 2016
- Has invested S$80mil in 23,500 sq ft centre, one of six global data centres
- LinkedIn has more than 85mil members from APAC, 16mil+ from SEA
SOCIAL networking company LinkedIn has activated its first data centre outside of the United States, in Singapore.
The new data centre, spanning 23,500 sq ft in Jurong, is one of six data centres for LinkedIn globally, the company said in a statement.
LinkedIn said it has invested S$80 million (US$59 million) so far in the new data centre, which was established to enhance the experience for members and clients across the Asia Pacific region.
“Singapore is the natural choice for us to locate this new data centre, as it is already our Asia Pacific headquarters, and it offers the cutting-edge infrastructure and talent we need to continue to improve the service and global connectivity we provide to our members and clients,” said Olivier Legrand (pic above), managing director of LinkedIn in Asia Pacific.
The new data centre in Singapore processes all of LinkedIn’s online traffic in the region and will also handle about a third of global traffic. It will also complement the continuing growth in LinkedIn’s storage and processing needs globally – in 2015, this growth was 34%.
Since January 2013, the number of LinkedIn members in the Asia Pacific more than doubled to reach over 85 million members at the end of 2015. This includes more than 16 million members in South-East Asia.
Over the same period, LinkedIn’s revenue in the region more than tripled, it said, without giving actual figures.
“As more global organisations place greater value in the Asia Pacific market, Singapore continues to be the ideal location for companies to establish their mission-critical infrastructure as well as engineering and data analytics talent, to develop innovative solutions for their regional operations,” said Kiren Kumar, executive director of Infocomms & Media at the Singapore Economic Development Board.
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