LinkedIn will be transitioning to Azure in the next couple of years

Laurent Giret

Following Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn back in 2016, Microsoft made it clear that the company would continue to remain independently, and that included letting the company create its own data centers instead of switching to Microsoft’s own Azure infrastructure. Well, it appears that things have changed quite a lot after three years as LinkedIn has just announced a multi-year transition to Azure, a move that now seems necessary as the company experiences significant growth.

“In recent years we’ve leveraged a number of Azure technologies in ways that have had a notable impact on our business. The agility, capacity and elasticity that Azure provides has allowed us to accelerate video post-delivery, improve machine translation in the Feed and keep inappropriate content off our site. That success, coupled with the opportunity to leverage the relationship we’ve built with Microsoft, made Azure the obvious choice,” explained Mohak Shroff, Senior Vice President of Engineering at LinkedIn.

With more than more than 645 million members and 20 million jobs, LinkedIn has become a massive platform over the years. What begun as a professionnal network has now become a publishing platform, a learning platform, as well as a video platform, and this massive expansion is now leading the company to upgrade its infrastructure to better serve its fast-growing user base.

“Moving to Azure will give us access to a wide array of hardware and software innovations, and unprecedented global scale. This will position us to focus on areas where we can deliver unique value to our members and customers. The cloud holds the future for us and we are confident that Azure is the right platform to build on for years to come,” Shroff said today.