Twitter is moving its technical operations infrastructure into a new, custom-built data centre in the Salt Lake City area to better handle the microblogging service's recent growth spurt.
"We're excited about the move for several reasons," wrote Jean-Paul Cozzatti, an engineer at Twitter, in ablog post. "First, Twitter's user base has continued to grow steadily in 2010, with over 300,000 people a day signing up for new accounts on an average day. Keeping pace with these users and their Twitter activity presents some unique and complex engineering challenges.
"Having dedicated data centres will give us more capacity to accommodate this growth in users and activity on Twitter."
The Twitter engineer added that with a new data centre, Twitter will have full control its network and systems configuration, and staffers will be able to work in a much larger building designed for their power and cooling specifications. Cozzatti added that the data centre will house a "mixed-vendor environment" for servers running open source operating systems and applications.
Matt Graves, a Twitter spokesman, said in his own blog post this week that the data center is a big part of making Twitter a more stable and reliable platform.
"When you can't update your profile photo, send a Tweet, or even sign on to Twitter, it's frustrating. We know that, and we've had too many of these issues recently," wrote Graves. "The bulk of our engineering efforts are currently focused on this issue, and we have moved resources from other projects to focus on it."