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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    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.

    Article Link: Apple's North Carolina Data Center Appears on Google Satellite Imagery
  2. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Google spies probably have higher resolution images. ;)
  3. Blakjack macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    I'd like to see a ground view, that way I could get a better view of how massive it is.
  4. Les Kern macrumors 68040

    Les Kern

    Apr 26, 2002
    Are my nipples supposed to get hard or what? Jesus, slow news day huh?
  5. Jyby macrumors 6502

    May 31, 2011
    NASA can read the Bible from space BTW...

    Looks very clean compared to the construction days!
  6. slu macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2004
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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.
  7. ciTiger macrumors 6502a


    Jan 25, 2011
    Portugal (Porto)
    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...
  8. justinfreid macrumors 6502


    Nov 24, 2009
    NEW Jersey / USA
    Only thing Apple's built w/o a logo

    Where is the Apple logo? Phil Shiller must be very upset.
  9. ten-oak-druid macrumors 68000


    Jan 11, 2010
    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.
  10. Westyfield2 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2009
    Bath, UK.
  11. Full of Win macrumors 68030

    Full of Win

    Nov 22, 2007
    Ask Apple
    #11 data center (my house) has been on Google maps for years.
  12. d0minick macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2011
    It's beautiful.....oh.. it is just a warehouse? With like, air condition, and server racks? Ohhh ok. NEXT. :D
  13. Tones2 macrumors 65816

    Jan 8, 2009
    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:

  14. Constable Odo macrumors 6502

    Constable Odo

    Mar 28, 2008
    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.
  15. the-oz-man macrumors 6502


    Jun 24, 2009
    Why, o why didn't I own that modest house on the corner. I could use 1.7 million reasons to move!
  16. iSee macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2004
    Huh? It's a picture of the top of a building...
    So... what?
  17. BLACKFRIDAY macrumors regular

    May 23, 2011
    Your nipples get hard if there's a slow news day? Interesting!
  18. frunkis54 macrumors 65816


    Apr 2, 2009
    Wow you guys are a bunch of Debbie Downers. This is exciting.:D
  19. Themaeds macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2011
    Thats what she said
  20. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
  21. ironsienna macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2010
    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..

  22. theOtherGeoff macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2010
    Is that a Mercedes with no license plates in the handicapped parking spot by the front door?

  23. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    It's pretty frick'n huge.

    Check out this rough comparison I did with the Magic Kingdom in Orlando Florida:


    And here it is with the White House in DC:

  24. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    It's the worst one so far today.

    What about this gem from the beginning of MacRumors?
  25. iggypod macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2010
    Agreed. Surely marketing will slap an apple logo on that roof!

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