Twitter moves to public cloud for the first time with AWS

Twitter is set to fly up to the clouds after selecting AWS to provide their infrastructure to deliver Twitter timelines in a multi-year deal.


The social media giant will work with AWS to create architecture that extends Twitter’s on-premises infrastructure to enable them to seamlessly run and scale the real-time service globally, increase its reliability, and rapidly move new features into production.


Matt Garman, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at AWS, said that Twitter’s decision to rely on AWS infrastructure and services for its real-time workloads will help the company instantly scale their global footprint without compromising the user experience of those on the social media platform.


“By using AWS container services to create a seamless hybrid on-premises and cloud environment, Twitter can innovate and deliver new experiences quickly and cost-effectively,” noted Mr. Garman.


Twitter will take advantage of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud’s (Amazon EC2) processors, AWS Graviton-2, to power its cloud-based workloads.


Parag Agrawal, Twitter’s Chief Technology Officer, also agrees that deploying AWS’ infrastructure will improve the performance of Twitter, and those who use it.


“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,” added Mr. Agrawal.


Twitter will continue to use AWS’ other services, including Amazon CloudFront, its low-latency delivery network service, and Amazon Dynamo AB, a key value database that delivers single-digit millisecond performance.