Apple Abandons Plans to Build Second Data Center in Denmark

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In a surprise move, Apple today announced that it has abandoned its plans to build a second data center in Denmark.


"As we near completion of our new Viborg data center in central Jutland, Denmark, we've decided to focus on growing that site instead of building an additional data center in Aabanraa," an Apple spokesperson told Reuters today.

In July 2017, Apple announced that it planned to spend nearly $1 billion on a data center just outside of Aabenraa, a small town in Denmark near the German border. As with Apple's other data centers, the Aabenraa facility was expected to be powered by 100 percent renewable energy, including wind and biomass.

Aabenraa officials described the news as "completely unexpected," noting that Apple informed them of its decision with a "short phone call" today. The municipality said it will assist Apple with selling the 285-hectare property.

The first phase of construction of Apple's other data center in Denmark, near Viborg, is expected to be completed later this year.

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ksec

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^Snarky comments...Ugh

Sounds like it would be much cheaper to do so, why built 2 datacenters while you could have one bigger plant.
Well they were forced out of Ireland's datacenter deal, which means they had two planned and both got the cut.
 

jayducharme

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Since Apple utilizes Amazon's servers for much of their cloud service, I wonder what all the Apple-built data centers are used for? Is Apple hoping eventually to move all their cloud services in-house?
 

JoEw

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Since Apple utilizes Amazon's servers for much of their cloud service, I wonder what all the Apple-built data centers are used for? Is Apple hoping eventually to move all their cloud services in-house?
Cloud infrastructure is very expensive for the majority of companies to bring in house but given Apple’s size it makes zero sense for them to write giant checks to AWS & Google for marked up cloud infrastructure.
 

JLL

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Guess they found out they’d have to actually pay their workers in Denmark.
Why do you think they don’t pay?

In a statement today the said that they would expand the data center in Viborg rather than build at a new location.
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Since Apple utilizes Amazon's servers for much of their cloud service, I wonder what all the Apple-built data centers are used for
To stop paying Amazon, Google and Microsoft.
 
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Cloud infrastructure is very expensive for the majority of companies to bring in house but given Apple’s size it makes zero sense for them to write giant checks to AWS & Google for marked up cloud infrastructure.
And is exactly why I doubt they could ever compete with Microsoft, Google, or Amazon in that space.

Way too costly even for Apple and is why they are doing this.
 

chucker23n1

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Since Apple utilizes Amazon's servers for much of their cloud service, I wonder what all the Apple-built data centers are used for? Is Apple hoping eventually to move all their cloud services in-house?
Probably not all, but the ones that make sense. Maybe even a strategy where they fall back to a third party if they don't have a data center nearby, like people in South America.
 

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Big investments like that are usually seen as a reward to the local communities and economies. Since Apple have been one of the EU's favourite targets for shooting practice lately, it comes as no surprise to me that their appetite for rewarding European communities is waning. They would never say such a thing, of course.
 

springsup

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It's too costly...
They've got $1 billion in 2019 Mac Pro and Pro Display inventory that they're currently sitting on.
The Information said:
Apple has cut its spending on Amazon Web Services dramatically over the past year, to around $370 million in 2018 from $775 million in 2017, according to a person with direct knowledge of the figures. The reduction is partly due to Apple’s decision to operate more of its own cloud services, in keeping with the company’s broader philosophy of controlling the technology behind its products.
https://www.theinformation.com/arti...n-cloud-spending-in-bid-for-self-sufficiency?

They used to spend over 700 million dollars per year with Amazon. A billion dollars on their own data-centre (including the land, buildings and equipment) is nothing.
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Since Apple utilizes Amazon's servers for much of their cloud service, I wonder what all the Apple-built data centers are used for? Is Apple hoping eventually to move all their cloud services in-house?
Yes. They've been cutting the bill with Amazon by moving things to their own servers. As well as being cheaper in the long-term, that infrastructure is also an asset which allows them to deliver more cutting-edge services.
 
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