Twitter plans new data center in Salt Lake area

Social networking phenomenon Twitter, which is beset by computer-capacity issues, announced recently that it is moving its information middle operations to the Salt Lake City area. In a weblog post, Twitter Engineering Program Manager Jean-Paul Cozzatti said the new custom-built information middle is necessary to help Twitter keep up with growth. The company which is, headquartered in San Francisco, declined to give additional details regarding the same. A top official at C7 Information Centers, a Lindon-based provider of giant banks of computers for commercial operations, said they wasn’t authorized to provide information when asked about whether it was Twitter’s local partner. They referred questions to C7 CEO Nathan Hatch, who did not immediately return e-mails seeking comment. Twitter spokesman Matt Graves said only that the company would be hiring locally for the new information middle. They would not say how lots of roles might be provided. Twitter operates a social networking site that allows people to share information with followers in the kind of “tweets” or messages limited to 140 characters. It is now one of the best social networking sites just like Facebook or Orkut and has millions of users to it . Over 300,000 people sign up for Twitter accounts on an average day which is a huge number But will twitter be able to manage such a growth This kind of explosive growth for company which is privately operated has severely strained its computing capacity. They are working beyond their capacity and are straining their resources.

“Keeping pace with these users & their Twitter activity presents some distinctive & complicated engineering challenges,” said Cozzatti in his weblog. “Having dedicated information locations will allow us to have more capacity for managing such growth in user’s database & activity on Twitter.” The region of Salt Lake City has become a centralised hub for huge information centers, because Electricity is available here at a very low cost if compared with other regions and the network and communications infrastructure is amazingly good which provides lightening fast speeds which allows the fast transmission of massive volumes of information. Oracle Corp which is a major supplier of computer software & hardware is building a $300 million information middle in West Jordan, and the net auction company eBay in year 2008 announced a middle in Draper. The National Security Agency is lining up contractors for a $1 billion information middle at Camp Williams at the southern finish of the Salt Lake County. It is expected to feature 100,000 square feet of computer space with up to 200 full-time employees when it is done in June of 2012. C7 already has three facilities in the area for co-location services in which businesses contract with it to provide information processing. Cozzatti said the new Twitter middle in Utah will give it the ability to accommodate growth, and more control over its network & more flexibility to quickly make adjustments as demands for its service fluctuate. The company will continue to work with it current provider, NTT The united states, but designs to add additional managed information centers of its own over the next 24 months.

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