Friday, 19 October 2012

Apple begins work on Oregon data center

Apple has started to clear and flatten the land for one of two buildings that will take around 338,000 square-foot of space. (That's about twice the size of an average Costco store.Apple's data center is a stones throw away from Facebook's own data center on the other side of the highway, a prime position for securely housing user data.Apple will begin work on the second building -- adding about 16 rows of servers in total -- with room for even more should the Cupertino, CA.-based firm decide to expand its operations there.Apple currently has around 150 million iCloud users, and that figure is expected to grow exponentially as more Apple products support the cloud-based technology. iCloud supports documents, photos, music and video, along with application data from third-party developers.

Apple says:
Our newest data center, located in Prineville, Oregon, is just getting under way [...] At Prineville we have access to enough local renewable energy sources to completely meet the needs of the facility. To achieve that goal, we're working with two local utilities as well as a number of renewable energy generation providers to purchase wind, hydro, and geothermal power -- all from local sources.Finally the important thing it will just cost $68m.

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