LinkedIn’s US$59m data centre comes online in Singapore


9 April 2016

Social networking company LinkedIn has unveiled its first data centre outside of the US, in Singapore. According to the company, the new data centre, spanning 23,500 square feet in Jurong, is one of six data centres for LinkedIn globally.

The company said it has invested US$59 million (S$80 million) so far in the new data centre, which was established 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, the company said. This includes more than16 million members in Southeast Asia, of which more than one million are in Singapore.

According to LinkedIn, the new data centre in Singapore processes all of LinkedIn’s online traffic in the Asia Pacific 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.

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, the company added.

“Asia Pacific is our fastest growing region in terms of member base outside of the US. 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.