Apple Confirms the Approach of the iCloud

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

Apple today confirmed that it will announce details for “iCloud, Apple’s upcoming cloud services offering,” at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference next Monday. The announcement confirms the long-held assumption here at data Center Knowledge that th size of Apple’s new data center in North Carolina was a sure sign of a coming cloud offering. It also confirms that Apple has acquired the domain name for the service.

Apple offered no additional details on the iCloud service. It’s long been known that the new data center in North Carolina would support iTunes and MobileMe. The suspense has been whether those services would undergo a cloud transformation that would explain the enormous scale of the 500,000 square foot iDataCenter in North Carolina.

In recent weeks, Apple has added additional data center space in Silicon Valley to support a broadly-deployed. Most major Internet companies have major hubs on both coasts, which helps with content delivery and also provides the ability to keep copies of critical data “out of region” so that a single natural disaster wouldn’t threaten the survival of the data.

Want to know more about Apple’s data centers? See the Apple Data Center FAQ or check out some of our previous coverage:

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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. Matt

    Baaahahahahaha! Ask Sony how cloud computing has worked out. Go ahead folks, upload ALL your valuable info.

  2. KamaBliss

    wow... that's too good!!

  3. bugs

    Another thing Apple has ripped off of Microsoft!