Death to the fail whale they are calling it. Maybe so, but what really got me was this.
Twitter will have full control over network and systems configuration, with a much larger footprint in a building designed specifically around our unique power and cooling needs.
What could possible be unique to your power and cooling needs opposed to well, ANYONE ELSE RUNNING A FUCKING DATA CENTER?
Sure they have a metric crapton more users than you or I will ever have. But unique cooling and power needs?!?! Bullshit!
Yes you have servers, routers, SAN cabling, racks upon racks of gear. We get it, you’re a big site. But that doesn’t make you suddenly special. Just because you have a lot of cooling and power needs doesn’t make you suddenly unique to the rest of the world.
I work for a company that has several large data centers. We host more companies than I probably even know about. And you know what, we use a LOT of power and cooling. Why you ask, we’re a freaking data center, its what we do.
While building a data center gives you other benefits which you have listed (customization and flexibility), its doesn’t make you special so stop acting like it.