Is Apple Going Modular at its North Carolina iDataCenter?

It looks like the next phase of Apple’s North Carolina data center will feature small modular data centers that can deploy compute capacity in small increments. The new design represents a major change from the first phase of Apple’s iDataCenter campus, a 500,000 square foot building that is one of the largest structures in the data center industry. Read More

Video: Apple Preps Solar Power Site for iDataCenter

The exterior of the Apple data center facility in Maiden, North Carolina (Source: Apple)

It takes a lot of land to build a 20 megawatt array of solar panels. Apple has been busy clearing land in Maiden, North Carolina, where the company has announced plans for a huge field of photovoltaic solar panels to support its data center facility. A new aerial video shot… Read More

Apple Planning Solar Array Near iDataCenter

Apple is in the early stages of installing an array of solar panels on a large parcel of land it is clearing for its new data center in Maiden, North Carolina, according to documents filed with officials in Catawba County. Read More

Scott Noteboom Moves from Yahoo to Apple

Scott Noteboom, who in recent years has led the data center team at Yahoo, has taken a position at Apple. Noteboom now lists Apple as his employer on his LinkedIn profile, but it’s not entirely clear what his exact role will be. Read More

Remembering Steve Jobs


Today the technology world is remembering Apple founder Steve Jobs, who passed away last night at 56. Jobs was unique was his ability to inspire others to accomplish something insanely great, which transformed the world of technology and entertainment, and may yet do the same for the data center and the cloud. Read More

Cringley on Apple: The Math Needs Some Work

Robert X. Cringley asserts that Apple’s iDataCenter is empty, and would hold 7.2 million servers if it was full. Alas, Cringley has extrapolated a single data point into a broad conclusion about a data center, and the analysis is doomed by flawed assumptions and bad math. Read More

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