Ed. note: The transition to our new data center is now complete – Dec 14, 2010. We continue to tune our site and optimize site performance this morning, following our recent cutover to the new Los Angeles data center. Thanks for your patience during the transition. Stay tuned. – Dec 13, 2010

What a big difference, a couple of years makes. Towards the end of 2008, we set up a new data center in Chicago to deal with the ever increasing demand on our infrastructure. Fast forward to 2010 and we have nearly three times as many users using our site to be more productive, in addition to our premium solutions being used by a vast number of Fortune 500 companies and small businesses today.

It is time to add an additional, more robust data center that not only helps us handle the increasing traffic load on our servers, but to also provide more redundancy in case of an emergency. Our team has been working hard for months on the design, subsequent build out and the deployment of the many database and application servers that make up our Production Site today.

What does this mean for you, the user?
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.

Today (Saturday, Dec 11th 2010 – Ed.) LinkedIn will be offline for approximately 6 hours, starting 5PM Pacific, to help accommodate the cutover, synchronization and testing. We’ve chosen the lowest traffic day on a weekend, so this will impact the least number of users. We do understand how essential LinkedIn is to many of our users, and for those of you working over the weekend, we apologize in advance for the inconvenience this causes.

We’ll be back soon. Better and more reliable than before so you can continue being more effective at your daily jobs. On LinkedIn.

Thanks for your patience. Have a great weekend!