updated 01:35 pm EDT, Fri March 26, 2010
10 new jobs become available
Apple is opening up hiring for its new North Carolina data center, job listings show. Ten positions have become available at the Maiden-based facility, where previously the only work listed was for a chief operating engineer, who remains unhired. The new staff should include four maintenance technicians, two site services technicians, a site services manager, a site coordinator, a mechanical technician and an electrical technician.
The exact aims of the data center remain unclear, particularly as corporations the size of Apple have many demands. Apple may simply be looking to store conventional data, such as projects, finances and employee information. The company must also serve content for MobileMe and the iTunes Store, however, which could explain the $1 billion pricetag of the Maiden facility.
The center could also theoretically support a rumored iTunes streaming service. Made possible by a buyout of Lala, the service would let users access music and/or videos bought through iTunes regardless of whether a local copy exists. Apple is also thought to be interested in subscription options, but no headway has been reported so far.