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Data center expansion planned all along?

updated 03:10 pm EDT, Mon October 25, 2010

Two buildings needed to hit 500,000 sqft.?

The rumored expansion of Apple's North Carolina data center may have been planned the entire time, photos from a Catawba County Flickr feed suggest. Dating back to July 2009, an architectural rendering related to the data center shows not one but two buildings. The positioning of the second building is consistent with a construction site spotted in a recent aerial recon flight.

Still unclear is whether or not the second building can be genuinely considered an expansion. Apple is supposed to have at least 500,000 square feet, but whether or not the first building contains that much room is unknown. The company could instead be building two 250,000 square foot offices, although the idea is purely speculative so far.

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It was planned all the time???? How did this get by us. Here we thought the data center was going to be t-h-i-s massive, but it turns out it's T-H-I-S massive!

    Now if any of this actually meant anything, this might be worthy of being called news.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Does this fit sustainability...

    ...and the green apple efforts ?

  1. gor3don

    Joined: Dec 1969



    a speculative idea might confirm a rumour.

    Like testy said, 'and this is news?'

    What's next? Three headed space alien seen in Steve Job's living room?

  1. psdenno

    Joined: Dec 1969


    And parking....

    ... for supporting a million square feet of building would be where?

  1. neocyberdude

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Planning and parking

    Data centers are typically built in phases, sometimes three or four. This is no surprise. And as far as parking goes, a handful of people can easily manage a data center of this size once it's operational and all servers are in place. The largest contingent would probably be security staff.

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It's funny... this data center is the absolute focus of Apple's next major move, and no one's talking about it.

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