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Global professional network giant LinkedIn – with a claimed 414 million members globally and 7 million-plus in Australia - has unveiled its first data centre outside of the US with the opening of a new facility in Singapore.

The Singapore data centre has been opened by LinkedIn after its members in the Asia Pacific region, since 2013, have "more than doubled" to reach over 85 million at the end of 2015.

This includes 16+ million members in Southeast Asia, of which 1+ million are in Singapore, 34+ million in India on top of the 7+ million in Australia.

LinkedIn says that between 2013 and 2015 its revenue in the Southeast Asia region more than tripled and it now counts prominent leaders as its influencers, including Telstra CEO Andrew Penn, Narendra Modi (Prime Minister of India). Piyush Gupta (CEO of DBS BANK), Tony Fernandes (Group CEO of AirAsia and Shinzo Abe (Prime Minister of Japan).

The new Singapore data centre, spanning 23,500 square feet in Jurong, is one of six data centres for LinkedIn globally, and the company says it has invested SGD 80 million.

The new Singapore data centre processes all of LinkedIn’s online traffic in the Asia Pacific region and will also handle about a third of global traffic. LinkedIn says it will also complement the continuing growth in LinkedIn’s storage and processing needs globally – in 2015, this growth was 34%.

Olivier Legrand, Managing Director of LinkedIn in Asia Pacific, says 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.  

Legrand also said 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, provides APAC members with speed and reliability of access to LinkedIn’s services as they connect to professional opportunities on the network.

“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”, Legrand 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.”

LinkedIn worked with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) to deepen its presence in Singapore, including the establishment of the new data centre, 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,” Kiren Kumar, Executive Director Infocomms & Media, Singapore Economic Development Board, said.

“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.”

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Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

 

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