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:
- The Technology Inside Apple's New iDataCenter
- Apple Unleashing the iDataCenter? Not Yet
- Where Apple's 'Secret Cloud' Will Live
- Is an iTunes "Reboot" Driving the iDataCenter Project?
- The iDataCenter and the Cloud
- Maiden iDataCenter Will be 500,000 Square Feet
- It’s Official: Apple Data Center to North Carolina
- The Apple-Google Data Center Corridor
- Apple iDataCenter set for Maiden
- Apple Moving Quickly on NC Project