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New Oregon Data Center Confirmed by Apple

Posted by zduncan | Posted in Computer | Posted on 24-02-2012

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Apple data centerApple recently purchased a 160-acre plot of land in Oregon and plans to use the space to build a giant Apple data center. This confirms long-standing rumors that Apple was, in fact, planning on building a new data center in the near future. The piece of land is located in Prineville and cost the company $5.6 million.  The deal, known as “Project Maverick”, has been quietly in the works for months.

A representative of Apple confirmed that the company had indeed purchased the land for a data center though declined to comment on the project further. Before Apple had the deed signed over last week, no one was allowed to speak about it due to the non-disclosure agreements signed by county officials.

Despite those agreements, however, the deal was leaked back in December by a local newspaper. A lot of web companies have come to Oregon due to the state’s sizable property tax breaks and low power costs. Companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon all have data centers in the same area.

This data center expansion by Apple comes at a time when the company is placing an increased reliance on servers as part of its products. Apple unveiled last week its newest operating system, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, which is due out this summer. The software has a deeper integration with iCloud, allowing users to store desktop files in Apples cloud. Apple was also seen signing leases to expand its data center capacity and has reportedly invested $1 billion in its North Carolina data center.

Apple just released an environmental report that announced its North Carolina data center will be powered by the largest end-user owned solar array and will also have the largest non-utility fuel cell in the country. That center has already been awarded LEED Platinum certification from the United States Green Building Council with Apple planning on making the new Oregon facility green as well.

Source: CNET – Apple confirms plans to build data center in Oregon

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Apple Set to Build Huge Solar Farm Next to North Carolina Data Center

Posted by zduncan | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 26-10-2011

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solar farmIn recent news, Apple is supposedly planning on constructing a solar farm directly next to its massive data center located in Maiden, North Carolina. The report was first released by the Charlotte Observer and later picked up by both Apple Insider as well as Mac Rumors.

Apple has already won approval to reshape the slope of nearly 121 acres of vacant land owned by the company that is adjacent to the company’s data center in preparation for the solar farm if permits issued in Catawba County are accurate.

However, the permits did not offer any details about the solar farm project itself, which has officially been nicknamed the Project Dolphin Solar Farm. This includes the solar farm’s total size according to the Charlotte Observer.

It has been reported that Apple has spent a supposed $1 billion in order to build a 500,000-square-foot monster data center in Maiden, North Carolina, which was codename Project Dolphin. On the other hand, Apple has yet to officially state how it is planning on using the server farm, though there is speculation that it will be used to power the cloud services provided by Apple as well as ones currently in development.

Apple representatives have yet to respond to requests for comments though the company has shown a lot of interest in renewable energy for its facilities and gadgets. Apple’s facilities report for 2011 states that the company sites located in Austin, Texas, Elk Grove, California and Cork, Ireland are all powered by 100% renewable energy sources.

Unfortunately, Apple has yet to release any solar-powered gadgets. Apple was awarded a patent earlier this year for a system that uses a solar panel for charging different portable devices, including laptops, tablets, smartphones and other handheld devices. I don’t think we are going to have to wait long for a solar-powered iPhone though.

Source: CNET – Apple planning solar farm near data center, report says

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