Twitter battles fail whale with new data center

Microblogger fights growing pains, outages by building its own data center

Tired of getting a fail whale when you try to tweet or simply try to log onto Twitter ?

Seems that the execs at Twitter are too.

Jean-Paul Cozzatti, an engineer at Twitter, announced in a blog post this week that the microblogging service is moving its technical operations infrastructure into a new, custom-built data center in the Salt Lake City area.

"We're excited about the move for several reasons," wrote Cozzatti. "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 centers will give us more capacity to accommodate this growth in users and activity on Twitter."

The Twitter engineer added that with a new data center, 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 center 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."

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags internetAppletwitterData Centerhardware systemsWeb 2.0 and Web AppsConfiguration / maintenance

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Sharon Gaudin

Computerworld (US)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?