Video: The Fully Operational iDataCenter

An aerial view of the new Apple data center in Maiden, North Carolina, excerpted by a new video by Bill Wagenseller.

The new Apple data center in Maiden, North Carolina is expected to begin operations “any day now,” according to local officials. Even as Apple begins to ramp up production at the 500,000 square foot iDataCenter, there are rumors circulating that Apple may be planning to build a second 500,000 square foot facility on the site. Local realtor Bill Wagenseller, who posted the world’s first look at the Apple facility in an aerial video, took to the air again to investigate. “Though there has been no official announcement, I discovered that site work is being performed and it clearly appears that there may be some truth to the speculation,” Wagenseller writes in his video description. His latest video shows the completed iDataCenter, and gives a scope of the massive size of the facility. Many DCK readers have experience with site development, and I’ll invite them to share their observations in the comments. Here’s the video.

Rumors of an expansion of the already huge Maiden project first appeared in the Charlotte Business Journal on Oct. 15 and were picked up by All Things Digital last week.

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:

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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large 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. Ianto

    ain't no solar panels on that baby

  2. neeks

    Its for parking you idiots

  3. I assume they will need some parking spaces even for a "lights out" data center.

  4. Seymour

    @neeks No doubt, I wonder how many people yammering on about the continued construction take mass transit to work. There clearly isn't any form of parking anywhere in that photo, and it's not like they've had enough time to build an entire subway line for it.

  5. It's in North Carolina so they can tap off of the giant wind power farms near by. You can't do much about footprint, but they'll only be getting about %10 of their power from polluting sources. I don't know anything about the materials and construction techniques but Apple is really big in to zero foot print, so I'm assuming they're doing their best.

  6. avdspm

    who cares. everyone watches apple as if no one else can give direction. nothing great about apple here guys. just because they made a great hand-held device, people think they'll predict and rule the world. wake up people, they're just another company.

  7. Apple also has started work on a 10,000-square-foot facility on 160-acre property in Crook County, Oregon for it's ICloud services.