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Twitter Prepares To Land In New Data Center

Microblogging site is expected to anchor C7's just-opened Salt Lake City facility.

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The new Utah facility that reportedly soon will be home to Twitter's latest data center on Tuesday opened for business.

Although Twitter and C7 Data Centers both have declined to confirm that the microblogging company will be the anchor client at the new 65,000-square-foot facility, neither company has denied the relationship. In July, Twitter said it would move its technical operations infrastructure into a new, custom-built data center in the Salt Lake City area.

Several large companies, including an anchor tenant, have signed multi-year agreements to move into the facility, and 15,000 square feet of space have been sold or reserved, the company said.

C7's center has 40,000 square feet of available data center space. The Tier III center, based in Utah's south Salt Lake County, will be built out in phases over the next 18 months in pods of 10,000 square feet, according to C7. The data center is C7's fourth, and is available for immediate occupancy, according to the company, which provides co-location, disaster recovery, and virtualization solutions.

"C7 continues to attract companies requiring scalable, world-class data center space," said Nathan Hatch, CEO of C7. "Providing real value at a competitive price resonates with prospective customers and our installed client base."

Twitter -- which on Tuesday tweeted that it had hired its 300th employee, more than doubling its headcount since February -- has suffered some technical problems and service disruptions along with its growth.

"Having dedicated data centers will give us more capacity to accommodate this growth in users and activity on Twitter," said Jean-Paul Cozzatti, Twitter engineering programming manager, in a company blog, earlier this year. "Importantly, having our own data center will give us the flexibility to more quickly to make adjustments as our infrastructure needs change."

Currently, Twitter uses San Francisco-area data centers operated by NTT.

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