LinkedIn recently opened a data centre in Singapore — its first data centre outside of the U.S.
The social network invested S$80 million in the new data centre, which spans 23,500 square feet in Jurong. It will serve to enhance the experience for the fast-growing base of LinkedIn members and clients across the Asia Pacific region, including speed and reliability of access to LinkedIn's services as they connect to professional opportunities on the network.
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 16+ million members in Southeast Asia (of which 1+ million are in Singapore), 34+ million in India and 7+ million in Australia.
The data centre in Singapore will process all of LinkedIn's online traffic in the Asia Pacific region and also handle about a third of global traffic. Additionally, it will complement the continuing growth in LinkedIn's storage and processing needs globally - in 2015, this growth was 34 per cent.
The smart design features are also expected to reduce the annual energy consumption of the data centre by a magnitude that is equivalent to powering about 100 private homes in Singapore.
"Asia Pacific is our fastest growing region in terms of member base outside of the U.S. We are investing to make sure we continue to provide a great experience as our business continues to grow in this region", said Olivier Legrand, Managing Director of LinkedIn in Asia Pacific.
"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," he added.
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