From the beginning, Twitter has struggled against issues of scalability and reliability. Users of the fast-growing microblogging service have been constantly plagued by slow-downs and downtime, the latest only two days ago. A data center is a big step to putting that aspect of their history behind them.
Twitter is still adding as many as 300,000 users a day and the The World Cup, the most popular web event of all time, and one which tasked Twitter severely, just wrapped up.
Twitter engineer Jean-Paul Cozzatti surveyed the problems the company has had with reliability.
“We frequently compare the tasks of scaling, maintaining, and tweaking Twitter to building a rocket in mid-flight.”
The new data center , he said, will give Twitter a number of advantages.
- More capacity to deal with growth
- Full control over network and systems configuration
- Flexibility to make infrastructure changes
- High redundancy
SLC photo by Dave Winer