Aerial Photos of Recent Work at Apple's North Carolina Data Center


Later this month we told you that Apple was already undertaking a minor expansion of its massive data center in Maiden, North Carolina. The company has recently received permits for building “tactical data center.” Now we may show you aerial photos of the site obtained by Wired, demonstrating ongoing installation of solar panels at the 100-acre solar farm across the street from the data center and what appears to be the 4.8-megawatt fuel cell facility behind the data center.

Nobody knows exactly what an Apple tactical data center is supposed to be, but according to Rackspace Chief Technology Officer John Engates, who has spent his fair share of time in windowless buildings racked with servers, it may be a neutral spot where Apple partners can come and plug their gear into Apple’s grid without getting any exposure to the fantastic secrets housed in the larger 500,000-square-foot facility.


Apple's new tactical data center with cooling units feeding building and backup generators along road


Solar panels installed at Apple's 100-acre solar farm across Startown Road from data center


Foundations likely to be for fuel cell facility adjacent to data center

North Carolina data center will provide support for the company's iCloud services and other offerings. The company already has a smaller data center in Newark, California and has revealed plans for major new data centers in Oregon and Nevada.

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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Friday, August 3, 2012. 22:54

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