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Aerial Video of Apple's Finished NC Data Center, Already Plans for Expansion?

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DataCenterKnowledge posts an aerial video of Apple's near-complete North Carolina Data Center. The Data Center is said to begin operations "any day now" according to local officials.

The video was posted by a local retailer who reports that Apple is rumored to already be expanding the newly completed data center.
There is a rumor that Apple will double the 500,000 square foot $1 Billion Data Center in North Carolina. Though there has been no official announcement, I discovered that site work is being performed and it clearly appears that there may be some truth to the speculation.
The rumor appeared both in Charlotte Business Journal and All Things Digital:
With its 500,000 square feet of data center space (currently, sources tell me that Apple is considering doubling that) the facility has been built for something.
Doubling their data center so soon after construction would represent massive expansion. Apple has yet to officially confirm their plans for the data center.



Article Link: Aerial Video of Apple's Finished NC Data Center, Already Plans for Expansion?
 

JoEw

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we can only wonder what apple has planned for this 1 or perhaps soon to be 2 billion dollar data center.
 

bbotte

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That land there that is being graded looks to be parkland and landscaping to me, for like an employee park for recreation while at work, Looks like a path, and maybe a pond. Just my .02
 

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Man, if I were google or MS I'd be really nervous about what Apple has up their sleeve.
 

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can someone post a Google Maps link to the area where this data center is? I'm an urban planner and it's always interesting to see the surroundings of these kind of projects.
 

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Can you imagine how many Xserves that place can hold? Apple has got to be their own best customer.
 

jglavin

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can someone post a Google Maps link to the area where this data center is? I'm an urban planner and it's always interesting to see the surroundings of these kind of projects.
Just go into Maiden, NC on Google maps and search for Apple. They don't have current Aerial photos, though.
 

jayducharme

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Looks like a lot of nice farmland around the data center. I wonder how the neighbors feel about it. The traffic down that road is going to increase dramatically.
 

Full of Win

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What if this was their plan all along?

Make one center, get it up and going...then work on the next one while the first one is raking in the moola.
 

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it must be housing skynet!

ROFL I don't know why I always think "SKYNET" when servers and "cloud" computing are mentioned...

...seriously though, why would any one need that much server support? It's a bit frightening when pondering how information is controlled; gathered and transferred, especially with one company. When they own the information they can bend it all they want.
 

MacAztec

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xServes?

From what I understand, NetApp is Apple's go to company for data storage. NetApp also builds the most efficient data centers in the world. I would be surprised if NetApp and Apple weren't working on this thing together.
 

coolfactor

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ROFL I don't know why I always think "SKYNET" when servers and "cloud" computing are mentioned...

...seriously though, why would any one need that much server support? It's a bit frightening when pondering how information is controlled; gathered and transferred, especially with one company. When they own the information they can bend it all they want.

Absolutely, and there's been a lot of shady characters that have led to such thinking. It's sad. And I'm not defending Apple on this, but they have shown that they hold themselves to a high standard at every level of business. Why not with their data centres? Just a thought.
 

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When they say that that costs one billions dollars, does that include land and what ever is going to be inside of it?
 

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RobBookPro said:
When they say that that costs one billions dollars, does that include land and what ever is going to be inside of it?

The land costs in that area are very low, so its pretty much the building and tech inside that accounts for the overwhelming majority of the one billion.
 

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I'm curious if this new data center isn't so much about new services, but about brining services they already host with 3rd parties in-house. Apple's all about the control of the ecocystem, so it makes sense.

Or MobileMe is going to become free for all!
 

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Is it really wise to put their entire data system under one roof? Apple's fate is one fire/earthquake/Godzilla-attack away from being eliminated in one take.
 

MacFan782040

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500,000 square feet? That's almost 3x the size of my local Walmart Supercenter. Imagine how many servers they can hold? And they want to double it!? :eek:
 

C. Alan

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well if you already have the land, and have the construction team in place, it may be easier and cheaper to expand it now rather than later.
 
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