Twitter unveils Heron, a real-time analytics system that can withstand social traffic spikes

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To better support analytics for the scale and activity of its social stream, Twitter has announced Heron. Heron replaces Storm, Twitter’s existing open source platform, but remains compatible with the legacy service via APIs. Like Storm, Heron is tasked with providing real-time analytics for Twitter’s feed. With Heron, Twitter can process billions of events per minute with sub-second latency, and Twitter says it’s up to 15-times faster than Storm. Heron is also designed to withstand activity spikes when popular events occur without bottlenecking. Twitter designed Heron to be easily managed for better developer productivity, and will provide better performance predictability.…

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