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North Carolina data center on the verge of launching?

updated 09:50 am EDT, Mon October 25, 2010

Construction could back expansion rumors

Apple's data center in Maiden, North Carolina should begin operating "any day now," local officials are quoted as saying. Although no specific start date has been revealed, production is believed to be ramping up. A local realtor, Bill Wagenseller, has moreover done a second aerial recon of the facility (see below), showing evidence of construction that may back rumors of further expansion.

The reason for the data center's existence has so far been kept secret. Most reports have pointed to providing streamed iTunes content, though whether this will include music, video or both is still uncertain. If the Maiden facility does begin operations by the end of the year as promised by Apple executives, a service could be in place for an announcement during Apple's standard January press event.








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  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    My fingers are crossed for free cloud services

    for iOS device users. Probably not likely, though. Still, the idea of free storage to sell hardware isn't such a bad idea. It would give Apple an edge over competitors. Purchasing a company such as Akamai would also give Apple an edge in content delivery. Sitting on all that cash reserve sure allows for infinite possibilities.

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    I Hope Bill Wagenseller ...

    ... doesn't violate Apple's airspace in these recon missions lest he risk being shot down. By missles or lawyers. :-)

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    OMG!

    It's launching, it's launching! Soon, we shall all see what the launch will mean! No more global warming! Peace in the Middle East! American Idol will be cancelled! The RIAA and MPAA will announce they realize they are part of an antiquated system and decide to close their doors for the good of everyone involved! Republicans and Democrats working together! (Oh, what am I talking about. Even Steve couldn't get them to work together).

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: My fingers are crossed

    Probably not likely, though.

    Really not likely. If Apple wouldn't give away free cloud services to Mac owners (who get them more money per sale and are more loyal as they've been around for years), why should they give free storage to people buying a $200 iPod/iPhone? The costs more than outweighs the revenue.

    Still, the idea of free storage to sell hardware isn't such a bad idea.

    Well it would be a good idea, perhaps, if they were having issues selling hardware. They haven't reached the point where they need to boost the sales of their devices with such things.

    It would give Apple an edge over competitors.

    Competitors? Of what?

    And I'd like to see some market surveys and such of iPhone/iPod owners and see how many actually use these devices for video or music and how much. For I think it would be actually small.

    Purchasing a company such as Akamai would also give Apple an edge in content delivery.

    Why would apple need to purchase Akamai when they can use their services just as they do now?

    And why do people keep wanting Apple to expand into areas they have no real need for. They don't need to do their own manufacturing, as there are companies that can do that cheaper and better than Apple can (that's why most companies go this route now). Last I checked, they don't have any real issues with content delivery. So why buy Akamai? Just to make it a little better, while adding more heft to the company? It's like Apple starting a carrier. It's just plain stupid.

    BTW, by stating this item about Akamai, you've now officially started an unfounded rumor that could cause Apple's stock price to fall, which, in turn, will bring vengeance of the MacNN crowd against you. Be prepared.


    Sitting on all that cash reserve sure allows for infinite possibilities.

    Yes, and spending it foolishly gets you where MS is now.

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