Twitter data centre announced

Social media site Twitter is opening a custom-built data centre in order to accommodate the service's growing number of users. The announcement, which was made on the company's official technical blog, revealed the organisation was opening the new facility later in the year.

"We're very excited about the move for several reasons," wrote Jean-Paul Cozzatti, engineer at the site.

"Having dedicated data centres will give us more capacity to accommodate this growth in users and activity on Twitter."

The move, which is in response to a series of technical faults across Twitter over the past months, is predicted to reduce the amount of downtime suffered by the site.

"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," added Cozzatti.

Twitter's technical problems have been well-documented, however recent periods of extended downtime have prompted the company to step up their efforts in an attempt to keep the site online. An official blog on Wednesday apologised to users for the issues.

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