LinkedIn opens data centre in Singapore

LinkedIn unveiled its new data centre in Singapore - a first outside of the United States. As one of the six data centres for LinkedIn globally, it has invested SG$80 million so far in the new centre which spans 23,500 square feet; located in Jurong.

With more than 414 million members, the world’s largest professional network hopes to enhance the experience for LinkedIn members and clients across the Asia Pacific region, following the surge in users which doubled to reach over 85 million members from January 2013 to end 2015. Over the same period, LinkedIn’s revenue in the region more than tripled.

This includes 16+ million members in Southeast Asia (of which 1+ million are in Singapore), 34+ million in India and 7+ million in Australia.

“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”,  Olivier Legrand, Managing Director of LinkedIn in Asia Pacific said.

“Singapore is the natural choice for us to locate this new data centre, as it is already our Asia Pacific Head Quarters, 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.

To deepen its presence in Singapore, LinkedIn worked with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), including the establishment of the new data centre which is in line with EDB’s vision for Singapore to be the digital capital of Asia.

“We’re delighted that LinkedIn has chosen Singapore as the location for its new investments. The establishment of the data centre reinforces our position as the region’s leading data management and connectivity hub,” said Kiren Kumar, executive director Infocomms & Media, Singapore Economic Development Board.

He added: “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.

"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."