Posted By Rich Miller On April 16, 2010 @ 11:43 am In Twitter | 3 Comments
Twitter  will be moving to its own data center soon to accommodate the rapid growth of its service, the company said yesterday. John Adams of the Twitter operations team revealed the company’s plans during a presentation at its Chirp developer conference.
Until now, the popular microblogging service has used managed hosting services from NTT America , which has deployed Twitter’s servers in dedicated space in NTT America data centers. Twitter also has used Amazon’s cloud computing services to store and deploy images, including profile pictures. Adams’ presentation (embedded below) doesn’t indicate whether Twitter will build its own data center or lease its own wholesale data center space.
In the wholesale model, a tenant leases dedicated, fully-built data center space. This approach offers greater control then managed hosting or colocation, and is quicker and cheaper than building an entire data center facility. The tenant pays a significant premium over typical leases for office space, but is spared the capital investment to construct the data center.
Twitter’s decision to operate its own data center reflects the growing importance of infrastructure as audience growth scales to “Internet scale” levels. Twitter has grown into the 12th largest site, according to Adams, who shared numbers on the company’s growth:
Twitter’s growth has been one of the factors prompting NTT to lease additional data center space in Silicon Valley. In the past year, NTT has occupied new wholesale data center space in Santa Clara and San Jose to accommodate its growth.
In shifting to its own data center space, Twitter will have greater control over its infrastructure, and perhaps have more options for network connectivity. We have contacted Twitter seeking additional details, and will update once we hear more.
Here’s more of our coverage of Twitter’s infrastructure:
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/x180/3654607353/
 Twitter: http://www.twitter.com
 NTT America: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/08/31/twitters-growth-drives-ntt-expansion/
 Chirp 2010: Scaling Twitter: http://www.slideshare.net/netik/billions-of-hits-scaling-twitter
 presentations: http://www.slideshare.net/
 John Adams: http://www.slideshare.net/netik
 Using Metrics to Vanquish the Fail Whale: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/06/23/twitter-using-metrics-to-vanquish-the-fail-whale/
 How Much of Twitter’s $100 Million is for Servers?: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/09/28/how-much-of-twitters-100m-is-for-servers/
 NTT America to Add San Jose Data Center: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/09/03/ntt-america-to-add-san-jose-data-center/
 Rich Miller: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/author/richm/
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