Sacramento: Twitter closes its Sacramento data center

Jan 05, 2023 | Posted by MadalineDunn

Microblogging social media platform Twitter has undergone extensive changes as of late since the takeover by Elon Musk. From the introduction of Musk's paid verification plan, slashing nearly half of the platform's workforce in November, and his massive cost-cutting exercise, Musk's tenure as CEO has been truly transformative, and has aligned with the entrepreneur losing a significant portion of his wealth ($200 billion - the biggest loss of wealth in modern history). However, just before Christmas, another drastic announcement was made: Twitter was shutting down its Sacramento data center, and on Christmas Eve, Musk's staff reportedly flew to the facility in Sacramento to disconnect servers. 

According to reports, its Portland, Oregon, data center will take the increased load. There has been a wave of responses from former employees, who are questioning what will happen to Twitter. Already, there have been service disruptions, and some said that if the Sacramento data center had still been up and running, it would have been able to provide backup capacity during the outage. 

The closure of the Sacramento data center, along with the downsizing of its Atlanta data center, has been put down to the massive losses that the company has taken since the Musk takeover; something which Musk himself has even admitted. Musk, for example, publicly likened Twitter to a "plane that is headed towards the ground at high speed with the engines on fire and the controls don't work." Further to this, he blamed the fact that the company faced a "negative cash flow situation of $3 billion per year" for the cuts.