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Twitter’s decision to build its own data center has some asking why web companies abandon their use of cloud computing when they hit a certain size. The question this raises, some posit, is whether cloud providers are doing enough to meet the needs of such companies. I wrote about this issue in May 2009, and the facts haven’t changed since: Public clouds will give most applications and users — even in the enterprise — all the resources and control they’ll need, but they’re not designed for huge operations like Facebook and Twitter that need to manage huge data volumes and maintain high performance levels. This could change over time, but I think cloud providers will settle for average-scale applications in the near term.