Twitter is bulking up its datacenter capacity in Atlanta, according to a report from Atlanta Business Chronicle. The San Francisco-based social network will lease 80,000 square feet in a nearly 1 million square foot server farm near downtown Atlanta.

The data center, about the size of 17 football fields, is operated by Quality Technology Services (QTS), which declined comment to ABC for their story. Twitter is an existing tenant in QTS’ Atlanta-Metro data center.

The expanded Atlanta capacity will improve the speed and reliability of Twitter’s service to its East Coast and European users. Twitter reported 271 million monthly active users in the second quarter. As that number escalates, Twitter has to scale its data center infrastructure to handle the hundreds of millions of tweets daily.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.