Apple's North Carolina Data Center Appears on Google Satellite Imagery

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    As noted by Fortune, Apple's new data center outside of Maiden, North Carolina is now visible on satellite imagery in Google Maps and Google Earth, lifting some of the veil of secrecy that has surrounded the project.
    We do know that the new imagery showing the data center was live at least a few days before Apple's announcement regarding an iCloud introduction, however, as we saw it over the weekend but did not make note of it as we had not determined if it was a recent development.

    Speculation has suggested that Apple may have specifically been working with Google to keep imagery of the new facility off of Google Maps, but that is far from certain as Google's satellite images are updated only periodically, especially in rural areas such as this. Fueling the speculation was the fact the the facility had been located right on the boundary between satellite image data sets that showed a brief hint of the area under construction along its western edge while the remainder of site was covered by older imagery showing only fields and trees.

    The new imagery shows cleared land directly to the southeast of the facility where Apple has proposed long-term plans to double the size of the center. Also shown at the upper right at the corner of Startown Road and Elbow Road is a new Town of Maiden fire station under construction, a facility that Apple required as part of its decision to locate the data center there as the town's main fire station in the center of town a few miles away was deemed too far away for Apple's liking. The fire station is being built on a small plot of land that formerly contained a modest home that Apple purchased for $1.7 million last year.

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    Google spies probably have higher resolution images. ;)
     
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    I'd like to see a ground view, that way I could get a better view of how massive it is.
     
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    Are my nipples supposed to get hard or what? Jesus, slow news day huh?
     
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    NASA can read the Bible from space BTW...

    Looks very clean compared to the construction days!
     
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    I never do this, but who cares? Really, pictures of the roof of the data center are of interest to anyone? I can't wait for data center "news" to go away. It is so boring.

    Yeah, yeah, I know, don't read the article, blah blah blah.
     
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    I really don't see how this is news since we all knew about the existence of it... But hey anything to spice up the iCloud is welcome...
     
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    Only thing Apple's built w/o a logo

    Where is the Apple logo? Phil Shiller must be very upset.
     
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    It looks like a portable hard drive. I wonder if there are big doors on one end shaped like firewire ports? Better yet, it would be cool if there is a red light on top at the other end that comes on when the cloud goes on line and flickers to indicate read/write activity.
     
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    Meh...my data center (my house) has been on Google maps for years.
     
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    It's beautiful.....oh.. it is just a warehouse? With like, air condition, and server racks? Ohhh ok. NEXT. :D
     
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    Jeez, what an interesting story and solves the mystery of what a roof on a large building looks like. Now I can sleep at night. :rolleyes:

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    One down, one more to go. I can hardly wait until completion of the second building so I can put the rest of my music collection in the cloud.
     
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    Why, o why didn't I own that modest house on the corner. I could use 1.7 million reasons to move!
     
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    Huh? It's a picture of the top of a building...
    So... what?
     
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    Your nipples get hard if there's a slow news day? Interesting!
     
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    Wow you guys are a bunch of Debbie Downers. This is exciting.:D
     
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    Thats what she said
     
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    Well I can only imagine how much the guys that owed this house got to demolish it. It seems that the street view hasn't updated yet..

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    Is that a Mercedes with no license plates in the handicapped parking spot by the front door?

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    It's pretty frick'n huge.

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    It's the worst one so far today.

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    Agreed. Surely marketing will slap an apple logo on that roof!
     

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