Twitter chooses AWS to help deliver millions of tweets

Twitter has chosen Amazon Web Services (AWS) to provide global cloud infrastructure for delivery of its timelines.

As part of a multi-year deal, the social media platform will use Amazon’s cloud service to support the delivery of millions of daily tweets.

This is the first time Twitter has used the public cloud to scale its real-time service.

The online platform will utilise capabilities in compute, containers, storage, and security to deliver the real-time service with the lowest latency, while at the same time continuing to develop new features for the site.

Twitter and AWS will create an architecture that extends Twitter’s on-premises infrastructure to enable the online platform to “run and scale the real-time service globally, increase its reliability using AWS’s fault-tolerant infrastructure, and rapidly move new features into production around the world.”

The social media website will use AWS to power its cloud-based workloads and use its container service to help develop new features and applications across its hybrid infrastructure.

The new deal builds on an existing, decade-long relationship between Amazon and Twitter.
Amazon said its web services will continues to provide Twitter with storage, compute, database, and content delivery services to support its distribution of images, videos, and ad content.

“We are excited to work with AWS to expand the infrastructure Twitter uses to serve the public conversation as we grow globally,” said Parag Agrawal, chief technology officer, Twitter. “The collaboration with AWS will improve performance for people who use Twitter by enabling us to serve Tweets from data centres closer to our customers at the same time as we leverage the Arm-based architecture of AWS Graviton2 instances.

“In addition to helping us scale our infrastructure, this work with AWS enables us to ship features faster as we apply AWS’s diverse and growing portfolio of services.”

Matt Garman, vice president sales and marketing, Amazon Web Services, said: “Twitter’s decision to rely on AWS infrastructure and services for its real-time workloads will help them instantly scale their global footprint up and down without ever compromising the experience for people who use Twitter.”

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