Apple Offers Rare Look Inside Mesa, Arizona Data Center

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple doesn't often allow people to visit its data centers, which are located across the country, but The Arizona Republic was recently given a tour of Apple's Mesa Arizona data center, formerly the site of GT Advanced.

    The Mesa Arizona facility spans 1.3 million square feet, with long, sparse hallways equipped with servers. Apple calls the Mesa site its "global data command" center, which employs a "handful" of employees working in 10-hour shifts to oversee Apple's operations data. 150 employees total are employed at the data center.

    Servers in the Mesa, Arizona data center, via The Arizona Republic​
    While The Arizona Republic was provided with a tour and was allowed to take photos inside the data center, Apple "would not share many specifics about what happens inside the facility" due to security concerns.

    The Mesa data center, and others like it, house data from Apple apps and services that include iMessage, Siri, and iCloud.

    Apple announced plans in 2014 to repurpose the Mesa, Arizona plant where GT Advanced worked to develop sapphire glass for Apple products before filing for bankruptcy. Hundreds of GT Advanced employees were laid off when the company failed, with Apple at the time pledging to bring more jobs to the city.

    The water-cooling system for the Mesa, Arizona data center, via The Arizona Republic​

    Not long after, Apple confirmed that it would transform the Mesa, Arizona plant into a "command center" for Apple's global data network. It has been operational since 2016, and Apple has been renovating and adding on since then. According to The Arizona Republic, the most recent addition, several new halls of servers, was completed in April.

    The Arizona Republic's photos of the data center are worth checking out for anyone interested in Apple's data operations.

    Article Link: Apple Offers Rare Look Inside Mesa, Arizona Data Center
  2. markfc macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2006
    Prestatyn, Wales, UK
    Reminds me of watching Silicon Valley. Once you’ve seen one datacentre you’ve seen them all right?
  3. now i see it macrumors 68020

    Jan 2, 2002
    A gigantic data center requiring massive amounts of cooling built in one of the hottest places in the USA.
  4. stukdog, Aug 15, 2018
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2018

    stukdog macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2004
    Almost... everyone stops to gaze at our data centers. They always ask “WHAT...ARE....THOSE?”

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  5. DaveWotzit macrumors member


    Jul 12, 2014
    From the UK the Isle of winning at sports *NOT*
    Just the cold and the noise. They tidied up in this one as they were letting visitors in? Most server rooms seem to have packaging laying around from at least one server that was installed about 3 months before.
  6. neuropsychguy macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2008
    But with great access to the sun. Solar power will offset the use. I know there are other cooking materials than electricity but you don't get much better solar power generation than in Mesa/Phoenix.
  7. raniel macrumors regular


    Jan 2, 2011
    please give us more than 5gb iCloud storage for free
  8. ojfl macrumors newbie


    Jun 6, 2015
    It seems the monitoring is done with Mac machines. But the pictures are not clear enough as to what the actual servers are.
  9. 907 Suspended

    Aug 15, 2018
    Cool, although I guess it doesn't look much different from any other data center.
  10. Christoffee macrumors 6502


    Jul 26, 2012
    I used to be just like you! But once I got used to forking our £2.99 per month for all the cloud me and my family needs, I decided it was good value.
  11. Brenster macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2008
    I hear you. £2.49 here for enough iCloud storage to back up 2 iPhones, 1 iPad Pro, 1 iPod Touch and two Macs, including all three photo libraries going back well over a decade, also being made available and synced across all of our devices.

    For the facility, the peace of mind and the convenience, £2.49 is peanuts - it wouldn’t even buy a cup of coffee a month if I wasn’t paying for iCloud storage.
  12. Christoffee macrumors 6502


    Jul 26, 2012
    It might be £2.49 for me too! Evidence that I just don’t care!
  13. m0sher macrumors 6502


    Mar 4, 2018
    This must really be a top-secret facility, I know the Mesa Arizona area well and I’ve never seen this building. :apple:
  14. Expobill macrumors 6502a

    May 30, 2018
    Meh, this is all probably for churning data of all that cash they made off of iPhones and that $99.99/ per file exchanging in store service fee.
    nothing to see here, move along......
  15. Brenster macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2008
    When I think what I used to pay annually for the .mac and MobileMe family packs....

    From what I remember, Steve’s last keynote had him declaring Apple was going ‘all in’ on iCloud and asking the obvious question ‘These guys did MobileMe, why should we trust them?’. Apple made good on that promise and the pricing is more than reasonable for what is on offer.
  16. guerro macrumors regular


    Jul 18, 2002
    Parts Unknown
    It's out in Eastmark. Elliot and Signal Butte. The old GT Advanced building. Very strategic manipulation and destruction of a supplier to gain a strategic facility for a song.
  17. lunarworks macrumors 65816

    Jun 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    There's a larger story to this.

    This plant was built for GT Advanced Technology to produce high-quality sapphire for Apple. When GT ended up not being able to deliver on the promise and collapsed, Apple decided to use the building they paid for for something.
  18. Kabeyun macrumors 65816


    Mar 27, 2004
    Eastern USA
    Oh look, there’s my iCloud backup! Sixth on the left, bottom shelf.
  19. happyslayer macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2008
    Glendale, AZ
    I live in the area. There are a lot of call and data centers built here. Yes we have pretty high temps a lot of the year, but that is about all. No major weather issues to take down a call/data center. No hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanos or even much rain. About the only weather to speak of happens around this time of year (maybe even tonight) and those are basically just really big dust storms. So reliability is very good. Also, like the above poster said, good access for solar as well, with all our sunny days,
  20. mcfrazieriv macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2012
    Irvine, CA

    This dude is busy staring at his desktop background picture of his BMW 1M.
    Cool sandals and shorts, man.
  21. Brandhouse macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2014
    It's about how a building is built. Take here in Australia, you can having scorching summers, but a house with a concrete slab keeps you cool in Summer and warm in Winter.
  22. DTphonehome macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2003
    I wonder if Apple would have saved money by keeping the Xserve around and being their own best customer with all the data centers they’ve built around the world.
  23. anshuvorty macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2010
    California, USA
    Also better known as Stockholm Syndrome ;)
  24. DeepIn2U macrumors 603


    May 30, 2002
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    LMAO ... just finished watching Bruce Linton's interview on Bloomberg (CEO of Canopy) and he mentioned Oompa loopas as part of the conversation and then getting serious with what their business is about.

    Back on topic this server looks VERY clean .. similar to Apple's products.

    I'm curious if hackers grew a big solid pair if they'd go the next step and try blowing up security centres to muffle with competition? Sounds crazy but is it really that far from corporate theft and espionage?

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