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02-25-2010, 04:59 PM #1
Apple's Ginormous Data Center Nears Completion
A local real estate agent [posted a video to YouTube this week showing the massive data center that Apple has been building in the woods outside Malden, North Carolina in the southeastern US. At 500,000 square feet, the facility is the size of a shopping mall, nearly five times the size of the company's existing data center in the San Francisco Bay Area. All Apple has said is that the facility will serve as its East Coast hub, but hasn't explained why it needs such a large data center, which will cost the company $1 billion US over the next nine years.
Most observers have concluded that the facility is being build to support a serious move by Apple into the cloud computing space. While Apple's online presence is quite modest now, some moves that it's made in recent years indicate possible directions the company may be headed in. The acquisition of Lala.com last year suggested that Apple was bringing their engineering talent in-house to move iTunes to a cloud-based model. And Apple's "Grab & Go" patent, dated in 2008 and revealed last November, described an ambitious scheme to allow seamless sync of different devices - iPhones, iPads and Macs - over the network.
Lala's technology would allow users to store their iTunes music libraries on Apple's cloud servers, which would provide on the go access to more music than can fit on an iPhone or iPod. Presumably the same system would allow iBookstore content to be saved on the cloud as well, so that iPad owners could carry their entire collections with them. Since the Lala app saves the last few hundred songs in a cache, users will still have access to some of their media even when they're not connected to the internet.
Apple's Grab&Go system would provide much the same functionality for a user's documents. In addition to saving data, Grab&Go can also store program states, so that - for example - a game could be started on your desktop Mac, synced with Grab&Go, and continued on an iPhone or iPad right where you left off. Essentially MobileMe on steroids, Grab&Go would also provide security methods and hard encryption to protect data transferred over public networks in places like hotspots.
Obviously, these types of applications would require huge amounts of storage, fat pipes and a lot of power. Apple is keeping the purpose of the facility secret, but it's right down US 321 from Google's Lenoir data center, and both facilities will benefit from cheap electricity: cost per kilowatt/hour is about half what it costs in California.
Last edited by Paul Daniel Ash; 02-25-2010 at 05:57 PM.
02-25-2010, 05:01 PM #2
it's official. apple is planning to take over the world
02-25-2010, 05:13 PM #3
02-25-2010, 05:32 PM #4
wow, I'm right down the road from that. I may go check it out.
02-25-2010, 06:05 PM #5
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02-25-2010, 06:12 PM #6
02-25-2010, 06:15 PM #7
Wow that is massive. What's 1 terabyte x 1000? 1 Steve Jobs.
02-25-2010, 06:22 PM #8
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There cloning Steve. This facility is used to store his blanks.
02-25-2010, 06:24 PM #9
02-25-2010, 06:32 PM #10
Looks like a fanboy-producing factory to me. I bet they'll still use cheap chinese labor thoughIf I helped you out, please use the Thanks button ------------------------->
02-25-2010, 07:54 PM #11
Apple is trying to take over the world just as how my tennis teacher is controlling high school tennis teams. Wow...
But, the cloud thingie is actually really useful! For those who cannot afford the more pricey yet more space iPods and iPhones, that is really useful.
02-25-2010, 08:57 PM #12
I wonder how much data that plays holds, I call 3 gigabytes
02-25-2010, 11:19 PM #13
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02-26-2010, 01:22 AM #14
Google called... They want their business model back.
02-26-2010, 01:30 AM #15
East coast is a good location... not too far from the fiber cables under the Atlantic to Europe. This cloud venture could hit their two largest markets simultaneously, North America and Europe.
02-26-2010, 03:12 AM #16
02-26-2010, 09:37 AM #17
BIG The storage cloud would be very useful!
02-26-2010, 10:16 AM #18
What does Chuck Norris say when he makes amistake? I Chucked Up...lol
02-26-2010, 10:56 AM #19
02-26-2010, 01:18 PM #20
Chuck Norris one day decided to put his urine in a can and sell it as a beverage, we now have Red Bull.