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Report: Twitter moving some servers from Utah data center

Published April 1, 2011 7:33 pm

Tech • Sources say change to California was prompted by facility problems.
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Twitter is moving some of its computer servers out of a new Utah facility to another in California, a news report said Friday.

Reuters reported that Twitter was moving because of problems at its new custom-built facility hosted by C7 Data Centers in Bluffdale.

Twitter officials, however, declined to confirm the report, pointing instead to a blog that suggests that company had been planning multiple data centers.

Twitter's engineering blog from March 21 seems to say that it has built multiple data centers as part of its strategy to meet the technical requirements for the 140 million tweets a day the company was transmitting in February. Twitter allows users to send out messages called tweets of no more than 140 characters.

"We've done more to upgrade our infrastructure in the last six months than we did in the previous 4.5 years," Michael Abbott, vice president of engineering, said in an emailed statement. "Twitter now has the team and infrastructure in place to capitalize on the tremendous interest in Twitter and continue our record growth."

The company declined to be specific Friday about why some functions might have been moved from Utah.

Reuters cited unnamed sources identified as "people familiar with the matter" in reporting that a leaky roof and insufficient electricity led to the move to a facility in Sacramento.

Officials of C7, which is based in Lindon, did not return emails or a phone call seeking comment. But C7 President Wes Swenson was quoted by the news agency as saying the center had 5 megawatts of power available and a new roof by the time construction was finished at the Bluffdale facility in October.

"We experience less than 1 percent churn in our customer base," Swenson said, according to Reuters. "But sometimes we deal with companies that are not very sophisticated; often times a lot of customers that have never owned their own equipment may go through a learning curve."