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December 1, 2015

LinkedIn expands connections with third data centre

News: Firm is moving services to an all-wholesale model.

By Joao Lima

With a 34% growth in storage and processing needs over the last 12 months, LinkedIn has unveiled plans to expand its data centre footprint in the US.

To keep up with user demand, the company is planning to start building a site in Hillsboro, Oregon, in early 2016.

The site, which can be extended to up to 1.2 million sqf of data centre space, will see the first servers come online by the end of next year powered by 8MW of power.

This will be the company’s third US hub, which will also have direct access to green power with the ability to utilise free cooling nearly 200 days a year.

The data centre will also mean the end of retail-to-wholesale migration the company has initiated in 2013.

Michael Yamaguchi, Sr. manager of data centre services at LinkedIn, said that this will "gives us the ability to implement our next-generation data centre methodologies such as 400-volt distribution and cabinet level heat rejection, and doubling our cabinet densities from all previous builds".

He said: "When our new Hillsboro data centre goes online in 2016, we will realise our goal of establishing three regionally diverse data centres within the US.

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"With our other two locations in Virginia and Texas, it was logical to plan our third location on the West Coast. We explored multiple locations and providers, ultimately choosing the Oregon location and Infomart as our provider."

Yamaguchi also said that the company is working to deploy applications on the nearly 6,500 servers in their Singapore data centre before it goes live in early 2016.

 

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