We’ve written often about the progress of Apple's new facility in North Carolina, and have compiled this information into the Apple Data Center FAQ (or “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Apple’s Data Centers”).
One of the major benefits cited for building data centers in rural areas is the lower cost of land. But Apple reportedly wound up paying a local couple $1.7 million for a 1-acre tract adjacent to its new data center project in Maiden, North Carolina.
What's inside Apple's new data center in North Carolina? Job postings provide some details about the hardware and software that will be powering the new iDataCenter, much of which is provided by companies other than Apple.
Reports of Apple's "Secret Cloud Strategy" aren't such a secret to data center watchers. Apple is already busy building its ginormous cloud data center in Maiden, North Carolina. Here's more background on the iDataCenter.