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Twitter Building its Own Data Centre

Twitter is looking to solve its reliability issues by building its own data-centre, based in Salt-Lake City.

Twitter announced on its Engineering blog that it adds over 300,000 accounts a day to its service, and that running its own data centre will enable it to deal with this capacity growth.

“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,” Twitter Engineer Jean Paul wrote on his blog page.

“Having our own data center will give us the flexibility to more quickly make adjustments as our infrastructure needs change”.

He also said that Twitter planned to bring additional data centres online over the next two years, which means that it’s likely that day are numbered for the ‘fail whale’.

Twitter isn’t the only one investing heavily in this area. Apple is said to be spending $1billion on a data centre project in North Carolina, which when completed it expected to be one of the largest data centres in the world. Many analysts are suggesting this is preparation for the launch of a cloud based iTunes service, which has been rumoured since Apple purchased music streaming service Lala, at the end of last year.

Hopefully, this comes to fruition sooner rather than later, as iTunes tethered client approach is seeming ever more dated in the face of services such as Spotify.

In case you haven’t already, don’t forget to follow TrustedReviews on Twitter for all updates to the site as they happen.

Via: Bit-Tech

Premfab

July 23, 2010, 11:12 pm

Hard to believe that 300,000 people are falling for this nonsense.





In a world where id theft and such crimes are rife, why would you trust twitter (or any other free social site) with any of your personal details. They do not owe it to the user to keep this secure or safe.

Castalan

July 26, 2010, 12:15 pm

I have to agree with Prem - I just don't get the whole twitter thing - it's basically an electronic method of saying "look at me - i have such an interesting life everyone should know what I'm doing at every second"





Well I have to tell you - it's not that interesting





In the main it's used as a marketing tool by business - and the rest is banal rubbish

Ohmz

July 26, 2010, 5:50 pm

@Prem, Castalan, I didn't get Twitter either until I signed up to see what the big fuss was about.





Now I love it! I'm a huge pro wrestling fan so I use it to follow wrestlers. I use it to follow politicians and tech people (like @trustedreviews, little plug for you :D).





I actually started with just the news and politicians and journalists and then I got fully into it. It's great fun.





Don't knock it 'till you try it.

Castalan

July 26, 2010, 11:03 pm

I have to tweet on the corporate website ... trust me I'm forced to use it

Jay4d0

July 27, 2010, 6:04 pm

I too dont really get twitter either, but there was a blockage on the motorway a few weeks ago and I wanted to know what happened, punched in a search in twitter and up came a lot of people tweeting what was going on how there had been a crash and exactly what had happened, the news wasnt on and local news websites yet so twitter was the only place you could find out about it - it was pretty useful then

rav

July 27, 2010, 7:10 pm

I love Twitter. It'a a great way of getting advice and learning about new things from people you find interesting.





I've heard about countless things from Twitter that would have just passed me by. There's a nice bunch of TR readers on their too who are interesting to follow.





As Jay said it's great for breaking news too. It's normally much quicker than news outlets.





It's not really about look at me. It's more like a tool for generating discussion, gathering opinions and sharing interesting things.





Have to say the TR account is still mainly just a glorified RSS stream. Needs more personality.

rav

July 27, 2010, 7:11 pm

I love Twitter. It'a a great way of getting advice and learning about new things from people you find interesting.





I've heard about countless things from Twitter that would have just passed me by. There's a nice bunch of TR readers on their too who are interesting to follow.





As Jay said it's great for breaking news too. It's normally much quicker than news outlets.





It's not really about look at me. It's more like a tool for generating discussion, gathering opinions and sharing interesting things.





Have to say the TR account is still mainly just a glorified RSS stream. Needs more personality.

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