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  • Apple Beefing Up Yet Another Data Center on the West Coast


    For months, we've been hearing about Apple's comprehensive preparations for the company's new 500,000 square-foot data center in North Carolina. While myriad clues exist as to how Apple may ultimately employ such resources, the folks in Cupertino are remaining tight-lipped on the cloud-related rumors that seem poised to become reality at any moment.

    Still, if there was any doubt about the massive server farm in NC not delivering enough capacity for, say, a new cloud-based iTunes service or the robust "digital lockers" we keep hearing about, get ready for another data center update. This time, however, Apple is toiling on the other end of the country, right in its very own back yard.

    Data Center Knowledge has published an eyebrow-raising new report indicating that Apple's new data center in North Carolina isn't the only juggernaut data center on Apple's radar. The evidence shows that Apple has committed to leasing space - a lot of space, in fact - at a third-party data center in Santa Clara, California - just a stone's throw from Cupertino, relative to the North Carolina facility.

    In April, Apple signed a seven-year lease for 2.28 megawatts of critical power load in a new data center, the report reads, adding that its being built by DuPont Fabros Technology (DFT), "a leading developer of wholesale data center space."

    If the report is accurate, the lease is scheduled to become effective in the third quarter (July to September) of this year, when the building opens. "DuPont Fabros disclosed the Santa Clara lease in its first quarter earnings, but did not reveal the name of the tenant, which is consistent with its policies," the DCK report found. "But multiple industry sources have since confirmed that the tenant is Apple."

    Source: Data Center Knowledge
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Beefing Up Yet Another Data Center on the West Coast started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      500,000 square ft??
      Pretty small, barely a warehouse size.
    1. Bluestang9450's Avatar
      Bluestang9450 -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      500,000 square ft??
      Pretty small, barely a warehouse size.
      This is not small http://tbreak.com/tech/2010/10/apple...nc_datacenter/
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Expand and conquer!
    1. glassJAw's Avatar
      glassJAw -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      500,000 square ft??
      Pretty small, barely a warehouse size.
      That's not really small at all
    1. Megaorange's Avatar
      Megaorange -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      500,000 square ft??
      Pretty small, barely a warehouse size.
      Do you have a clue how big that is?
    1. dale2's Avatar
      dale2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      500,000 square ft??
      Pretty small, barely a warehouse size.
      how many servers could you fit in 500k square feet? thats ELEVEN football fields, by the way, not including endzones
    1. glassJAw's Avatar
      glassJAw -
      Nevermind my last statement I'm blown.
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      500,000 square ft??
      Pretty small, barely a warehouse size.
      That is one GIGANTIC server room! Considering that the "server room" for my school's network is a well cooled closet, lol


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    1. billmilo's Avatar
      billmilo -
      the apple look like a mouth welcoming in....
    1. treyb79's Avatar
      treyb79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      500,000 square ft??
      Pretty small, barely a warehouse size.
      Are you serious? My family sold auto parts out of four regional warehouses that were 55,000sq ft +/- and believe me you could easily get lost. *500k sq ft is gargantuan!
    1. iRepairIndy's Avatar
      iRepairIndy -
      Think this has anything to do with Mobile Me? I've been told by a couple people who work at the Apple Store that big changes are coming for Mobile Me.