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  • Apple to Double Size of North Carolina Data Center?


    As Apple prepares for the opening of its new 500,000 square-foot data center in North Carolina, there is talk of Apple doubling the size of the facility. Apple has yet to reveal exactly how it intends to use the site, but it is already five times the size of the facility in Newark, California. The massive server farm has not yet gone online and already there is speculation as to the site having enough capacity for Apple’s future plans.

    At last week’s special event, Apple unveiled the latest incarnations of the MacBook Air. Apple is touting these new machines as the future of computing and they may well be positioning these new models as a demonstration of what is to come. Apple has eliminated the traditional hard drive in favor of flash storage with these new models.

    It would seem that Apple intends to do away with bulky hard drives, in favor of slimmer flash storage that don’t require large housings. Flash drives are not yet available in capacities as large as traditional hard drives, for now at least. If Apple intends to have new Macs rely more and more on cloud-based computing, then large data centers like the one in North Carolina become something of a necessity.

    Before the latest 11-inch MacBook Air came out, I would never have considered buying a computer with such little storage capacity. If Apple does continue to invest in the cloud, as it seems to be doing in North Carolina, large storage devices will no longer be necessary in modern laptop computers. If Apple hopes to get more people to rely on cloud computing, it would benefit everyone if reliable high-speed Wi-Fi were made available everywhere. Google attempted to wire San Francisco a few years ago, but was shot down before the plan could be put into effect.

    Apple has stated that it will be opening a Mac Version of the App store in the next 90 days. Reliability is key to the success of this strategy and the data center in North Carolina may already be at capacity, at least theoretically. It only makes sense for a company as large as Apple with huge amounts of available cash to hedge its bets and plan for a successful future. After all, if the last few quarters are any indication, Apple will continue to bring in the profits.

    At some point, however, I hope the entertainment industry will loosen up and sign licensing deals with Apple allowing them to put the iTunes store into the cloud. If this new data center is any indication, Apple is preparing something big. What would you do with that many servers if you were Apple?

    Source: All Things Digital
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple to Double Size of North Carolina Data Center? started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 36 Comments
    1. algojobathosai's Avatar
      algojobathosai -
      Maybe they want to creat something similar to BBM?
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      How can you have a destop with 70 gigs? My GarageBand files take up more then that I need 1tb atleast 500 gig if I had to.

      It took mozy 358 days to get a full backup of my desk system.
    1. chris-tt's Avatar
      chris-tt -
      It's all about preparing for the future. Apple no doubt has a much better insight into future technology such as super wifi etc... 2-3 years from now we might well be getting 99.5% countrywide wifi coverage at 50-100 mb/s, wifi on all plane services and good coverage in most countries abroad.
      If this happens, Apple will once again be at the forefront of technology with the cloud being a much more viable solution, as all you're devices will be able to access and edit all your data.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      When I think about it 64 gb is alot, on my first macintosh computer in 1994 it had 68 mb of ram a processor clocking in at 20 mhz 230 mb HDD. Damn that was a quick system.
    1. Ibkoool's Avatar
      Ibkoool -
      I realy don't understand why no one see's problem with this, why would any Freedom loving Red blooded American want to store all off their personal information a server some where, not knowing who has access to it, and especially with Apple, given there draconian ideas.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ibkoool View Post
      I realy don't understand why no one see's problem with this, why would any Freedom loving Red blooded American want to store all off their personal information a server some where, not knowing who has access to it, and especially with Apple, given there draconian ideas.
      I do see a huge problem with it, Thats why I wont use it or install any upgrade that requires me to use it. The only online storage I will use in mozy online back up that way I have physical drives with my back up locked in a safe and I have a back up for my back up on mozy. Placing an entire system in the cloud is stupid and asking for trouble IMHO.
    1. Ibkoool's Avatar
      Ibkoool -
      The problem is getting the masses to see this. Our masters doesn't have to spy on us anymore, we just hand them the information on a silver platter, may be that's a good thing, I don't know.
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      I wonder how Microsoft is going to handle the cloud issue. It seems that the roles have reversed and rather than MS setting the standards, now Apple is. MS will have to come up with a "response" and I doubt it will be handled with much care.

      Of course, one could say that Apple handles us with too much care, lol.

      They really do need this though, it shouldn't take 4 hours to download a new firmware on 3G, when a 365mb app only takes 10 min. This will help iTunes with a lot of the speed issues on "release week."

      Who knows, maybe it's where they keep the cyborg-aliens that tell Steve what to do?
    1. Tizocman's Avatar
      Tizocman -
      i think that its gonna be cloud back up not cloud-based os
    1. MikePA's Avatar
      MikePA -
      "...the sight"

      The site.
    1. cookbenj's Avatar
      cookbenj -
      hide and seek anyone?
    1. alirz's Avatar
      alirz -
      cloud computing is greatly dependant on super high speed networks.
      No wifi, or home internet connection yet can provide the speeds that are handled by local storage media.
      Consider this, i recorded a HD video, through an iphone or whatever, lets say its 1GB. How long will it take to get that uploaded to the cloud?
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      How can you have a destop with 70 gigs? My GarageBand files take up more then that I need 1tb atleast 500 gig if I had to.

      It took mozy 358 days to get a full backup of my desk system.
      If I had to guess… I'd say my desktop is seven or eight years old. 2.8GHz processor I think. 512MB of RAM. Slow as ****. But my HD is only half full. Almost exactly half full, 49% last time I checked. It's probably only half full because I never use it anymore because it's so slow.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      If I had to guess… I'd say my desktop is seven or eight years old. 2.8GHz processor I think. 512MB of RAM. Slow as ****. But my HD is only half full. Almost exactly half full, 49% last time I checked. It's probably only half full because I never use it anymore because it's so slow.
      Well hell, if it works then no need to upgrade.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by chris-tt View Post
      It's all about preparing for the future. Apple no doubt has a much better insight into future technology such as super wifi etc... 2-3 years from now we might well be getting 99.5% countrywide wifi coverage at 50-100 mb/s, wifi on all plane services and good coverage in most countries abroad.
      If this happens, Apple will once again be at the forefront of technology with the cloud being a much more viable solution, as all you're devices will be able to access and edit all your data.
      Yes, and we will also have hoverboards and flying cars...

      Think about what you are saying here... we don;t even have 99.5% 3G data coverage. We aren't going to be anywhere near that kind of coverage with wifi...

      I will say though, I sort of welcome the cloud thing for one reason. Hackers WILL be coming to fight Apple in droves. They really need to be knocked down a couple pegs with thier BS "safest platform with no viruses" nonsense.

      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      If I had to guess… I'd say my desktop is seven or eight years old. 2.8GHz processor I think. 512MB of RAM. Slow as ****. But my HD is only half full. Almost exactly half full, 49% last time I checked. It's probably only half full because I never use it anymore because it's so slow.
      So this is irrelevent then. If its a clunky POS you never use, why even talk about it? As I said, one of my PCs have a 60gb HDD, but I don't use it because it's garbage. Why even mention it then?
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      So this is irrelevent then. If its a clunky POS you never use, why even talk about it? As I said, one of my PCs have a 60gb HDD, but I don't use it because it's garbage. Why even mention it then?
      Well it is the only computer I have. Want me to say I don't have a compy so people will think I can't upgrade my iPod, jailbreak, or really do anything that this site is all about? (and also that I live in a cave.) I don't mean I NEVER use it, I mean I use it as little as possible because it takes literally about two or three minutes to even open iTunes.