LinkedIn’s migration to Azure means faster services and improved security


Vlad Turiceanu
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LinkedIn is finally moving its infrastructure to Microsoft Azure

LinkedIn is an amazing professional network service with millions of users all around the world, and it has been without competitors on Windows 10 for years now.

The platform has known an incredible growth in the last years, especially since Microsoft acquired it three years ago.

Now, after all this time, LinkedIn is finally moving its infrastructure to Azure. This comes as a next step in the company’s evolution, and was a necessary step.

Here’s what Mohak Shroff, LinkedIn’s SVP of Engineering said:

Today’s technology landscape makes the need for constant reinvention paramount, especially as we look to scale our infrastructure to drive the next stage of LinkedIn’s growth. With the incredible member and business growth we’re seeing, we’ve decided to begin a multi-year migration of all LinkedIn workloads to the public cloud. 

What will the migration of LinkedIn to Azure change?

This move will clearly have a big impact on the usability of the platform and the way in which it will develop from now on. This means that things will change even for the Windows 10 LinkedIn users.

If the changes will be as significant as we expect, we’ll have to see in the upcoming updates of the Windows 10 app. The app might have some improved security features, AI processing, and faster services.

It seems like this was not the first time when LinkedIn looked at cloud services, and not only at Azure. But with Microsoft acquiring the professional network service, Azure was the obvious choice.

Mohak Shroff also said that:

The agility, capacity and elasticity that Azure provides has allowed us to accelerate video post-delivery, improve machine  translationin the Feed and keepin appropriate content off our site. That success, coupled with the opportunity to leverage the relationship we’ve built with Microsoft, made Azure the obvious choice.

Of course, this means that LinkedIn’s datacenters will disappear in time. But when exactly, is not sure yet.

You’ll have to keep in mind that LinkedIn will move all its workloads to the public cloud over a three year period, so don’t expect some obvious changes in the near future.