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TechCrunch: “Twitter and Joyent Split Amidst Downtime Travails”

February 1st, 2008 by - 7,555 views

Sometimes it is really difficult being a Hosting Provider.

As Mark Hendrickson points out in this recent article in TechCrunch, Twitter has stopped hosting with Joyent. After “frequent outage problems that have plagued Twitter,” it seems that Twitter has elected to host somewhere else. While I’m not sure if that is a result of issues at Joyent, Hosting always seems to be the “scapegoat” in situations like these.

twitter As the TechCrunch article states, “both companies were showing strong support for each other on their respective blogs,” which I feel is rare in this age where people jump ship at the smallest issue. But the two companies still seem to be committed to each other, even if in a lesser degree:

“Both wrote posts (here and here) describing how they were working together to prepare for the Super Bowl this coming Sunday.”

Twitter’s main blog was updated today to state that they had chosen NTT America Enterprise Hosting Services as their new hosting provider.

I use Twitter frequently to relay personal and professional information daily (tweets coming from this and the ServePath blog when a new post is delivered, for example), as well as notifying contacts of my whereabouts when I’m at networking events, and will continue to use it. Twitter is an excellent service, imitated by many but still remaining a true leader within the space. (GoGrid is on Twitter here. And ServePath is on Twitter here.)

Anyway, best of luck to Twitter with their new hosting choice. And to Joyent, I just wanted to say that “I feel your pain.” And I commend your efforts at “standing ready with excess free infrastructure,” especially for the crazy amount of Twitter activity expected for the Super Bowl!

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Michael Sheehan

Michael Sheehan, formerly the Technology Evangelist for GoGrid, is a recognized technology, social media, and cloud computing pundit and blogger who writes regularly about technology news and trends.

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