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LinkedIn Adds New Data Center

Company aims to be more reliable than ever

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Don’t expect LinkedIn to introduce its own version of the fail whale (as Google recently did with a "whale fail" image) anytime soon.  This weekend, LinkedIn added a new data center, ensuring that the professional networking site will stay in working order.

Stefan Apitz, LinkedIn’s senior director of operations, explained on the corporate blog that the new data center is "more robust," and "not only helps us handle the increasing traffic load on our servers, but to also provide more redundancy in case of an emergency."

Apitz then promised, "Moving forward, this lets us offer you an even more reliable service that millions of professionals are using every day to get their job done."

That makes for good news all around.  LinkedIn users aren’t likely to object to the idea of 100 percent uptime, after all, and LinkedIn is sure to be pleased about the growth that made the new data center necessary.

Then one more point that’s necessary to consider is the fact that LinkedIn could afford an additional data center, rather than try to scrounge for spare parts or just hope for the best.

The new data center is located in Los Angeles, by the way, whereas LinkedIn’s other data center is located in Chicago.

UPDATE: While we can still access LinkedIn without issue, several commenters have been good enough to point out that the site now seems to be experiencing problems, and Twitter Search bears out their observations.  Thanks for the tips, everybody.

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  • Guest

    LinkedIn seems to be down this morning. So much for 100% uptime.

  • Guest

    Too Bad you can’t access the site now that their new data center is up

  • Guest

    Depends on what your definition of ‘reliable’ is I suppose.

  • Guest

    Hmmm I wonder if this was a do it yourself build or they hired professional help, if so did they use their own job boards??

  • Guest

    “LinkedIn users aren’t likely to object to the idea of 100 percent uptime” (agreed – if only this was more than just an idea)

  • Guest

    …LinkedIn- 100% downtime guaranteed. Hope you get money back!

  • Guest

    You’re really cute Doug – LinkedIn is down!

  • Guest

    Interesting Webpro news allows you to share such comments to facebook but not to LinkedIn wonder if they already knew what we are finding out now

  • Guest

    Doesn’t seem to be working for me. Service is either really slow or not working at all. All that money they wasted on that fancy new data center down the drain. Thank LinkedIn, everybody! FAIL