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LinkedIn Down While They Up-grade Data Center
Business networking service LinkedIn is currently down while the team finalizes the upgrades to their new data center in Los Angeles. LinkedIn’s Stefan Apitz has posted about the maintenance window regarding the data center upgrades on the LinkedIn blog. Chicago tech blogger Alex Wilhelm posted earlier today about the data center upgrade.
Based on search results on Twitter and unlike outages with microblog service Tumblr, LinkedIn users appear to be calm regarding the downtime.
From their blog post regarding the maintenance period, “Today 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.”
Interestingly, I found out about the data center upgrades by clicking on an ad on Facebook. The ad includes an image (displayed below) and the following text, “Hire Me for Marketing! I am smart, funny and motivated to do a great job! I have 7+ years of marketing communications experience. Click for my LinkedIn.” I clicked and got the downtime message – I never saw her profile but I did, sadly, cost her a click!