First Look: Apple’s Massive iDataCenter

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How big is Apple’s new iDataCenter in Maiden, North Carolina? It’s plenty big, as illustrated by this aerial video posted to YouTube (apparently taken by an area realtor) of the 500,000 square foot facility. The new $1 billion data center will be nearly five times the size of Apple’s existing 109,000 square foot Newark, Calif. facility, and is seen as a key component of Apple’s cloud computing strategy. The video is brief (about 35 seconds), but provides an interesting perspective on the new facility:

Apple’s data center in Maiden is expected to provide the back-end for a larger move into cloud computing, with most speculation focusing on a shift of iTunes user libraries from user desktops to online storage. For those just joining this story, here’s a summary of our reporting on Apple’s new facility:

Can this video tell us anything interesting about Apple’s data center design and what’s happening inside the facility? Have a look at the video and share your insights and theories in the comments.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. Jeff

    There's no way that's just a data center: look at all the shipping docks!

  2. S.U.

    @jeff Those "shipping docks" look more like cutouts for generator radiators. To the left of those there are 5 cutouts that look more like loading docks. The part that catches my eye is the giant water storage tank.

  3. Bob

    The reason there are are loading docks is because the computing power inside this data center will most likely be housed in self contained shipping containers. All you do is hook up power and water-cooling and they are ready to be deployed. They look similar to these from sun who to my knowledge were the first to have a real-world model. http://www.sun.com/service/sunmd/

  4. "Oh sure we could talk about what they will do exactly - how they will monetize - inside the structure. Just open any internet/software oriented blog for a while, likely you will find someone venturing a guess. I have no information on that... ...but what is this place; Maiden NC." Posted the video and look at the site, in the blog.