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LinkedIn: No Plans to Move to Microsoft Azure

Four months after Microsoft closed its LinkedIn acquisition, the two organizations have decided good fences make good neighbors in the cloud.

Mitch Wagner

April 6, 2017

2 Min Read
LinkedIn: No Plans to Move to Microsoft Azure

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Open Networking Summit 2017 -- LinkedIn has no plans to migrate its infrastructure to Microsoft Azure, even though the professional social network was acquired by the cloud provider in late December.

LinkedIn was two years into upgrading its infrastructure to private cloud platform-as-a-service (PaaS) when Microsoft announced plans to acquire the professional social network in June. (See Under Microsoft, LinkedIn's Big Cloud Plans Face Uncertain Future.)

The deal closed in December, with infrastructure plans still up in the air. (See Microsoft Closes LinkedIn Acquisition. What's Next?.)

Microsoft has mingled the two organizations' executive suites, with LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner staying on to run LinkedIn, reporting directly to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Kevin Scott, LinkedIn's infrastructure boss, was named CTO of Microsoft in January. (See Microsoft Names LinkedIn's Kevin Scott CTO.)

Figure 1: Photo by Link Humans, (CC BY 2.0). Cropped to fit. Photo by Link Humans, (CC BY 2.0). Cropped to fit.

And the two companies' services are mingling too, with LinkedIn's professional directory and training offerings combining with Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics 365 CRM. (See Microsoft & LinkedIn: Marriage Made in the Cloud.)

What's not mingling is the two companies' cloud infrastructure -- at least for now, said Zaid Ali Kahn, LinkedIn senior director for infrastructure engineering, at a keynote here Wednesday.

"LinkedIn will continue to manage and control its own infrastructure," Kahn said. "We are doing this for our member base. At this point we will continue to do what we are doing. At the future time, things may change, but that has yet to be decided."

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LinkedIn and Azure do have elements in common. Both support open networking -- Kahn spoke here for LinkedIn on Wednesday, and Microsoft spoke here Monday about container networking. (See Microsoft Azure Catches Up With Container Networking.)

And Microsoft is one of the biggest customers of Arista's high-performance data center networking switches. (See Arista Passes $1B in Sales.)

We've got a query into Microsoft for more details. We'll let you know what we hear back.

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About the Author(s)

Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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