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LinkedIn Prioritizes Data Center Strategy Amid Acquisition

November 9, 2016  |  Written by Michael DeVito, SVP, Sales - Enterprise

Over the summer, LinkedIn, the social network targeted towards professionals, was acquired by Microsoft. Now, in an effort to gain ground by way of technical insight, it is revamping its data center strategy to align more with tech giants like Google, Facebook, and its new parent company.

At this early stage, the totality of specific changes being made is not yet clear. What is clear is a purposeful shift in strategy, and a rapid one.  "We aren’t afraid to take risks,” said LinkedIn’s Eric Wendorf. As Data Center Knowledge points out, companies like Google and Facebook have made a habit of customizing data center designs and hardware to fit their specific needs, on a global scale.

One specific step LinkedIn has taken is to promote its open server and rack standard through an initiative called Open19. LinkedIn claims that Open19 is a simple solution for a complex problem that can be applied in any small, medium, or large sized data center. They are actively seeking other companies to take part in the initiative.

LinkedIn hosted a group of technical standards committee members from the International Data Center Authority at Digital Realty’s Ashburn, Virginia facility (where LinkedIn is a customer). Click here to view the video tour (produced by IDCA). In it, you will learn more about LinkedIn’s data center strategy and how Digital Realty’s Ashburn facility has enabled LinkedIn to scale as it grows. 

In keeping with its mission to serve as the foundation for the digital world, Digital Realty worked closely with LinkedIn to solve challenges related to hyper-scale growth, as well as to enable LinkedIn’s presence in three major hubs across the U.S. along with an international presence in Singapore.