Apple's iData center details starting to emerge?

Apple's iData center details starting to emerge?

Summary: Apple isn't talking about its data center in North Carolina, but a few dots appear to have just been connected.

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Apple's data center in North Carolina has almost reached mythical status. This data center is supposed to support Apple's cloud ambitions and whatever else Steve Jobs cooks up. Apple isn't talking, but a few dots about the data center appear to have just been connected.

Data Center Knowledge's Rich Miller connected a few items from a press release and concludes that Apple is using custom enclosures and airflow designs. Given Apple's data center is new it only makes sense that it would be cutting edge, but Miller's sleuthing is more credible than most.

Among the moving Apple data center parts:

  • Instor and Electrorack have created "tailor-made enclosures" for a "premier North American data center, located in North Carolina.
  • Instor and Electrorack are working for Holder Construction, which happens to be Apple's contractor.
  • Electrorack noted that it had to adhere "to highly-aggressive implementation schedules." Sounds Apple-ish eh?
  • No one is talking (another Apple characteristic).

All of this sure sounds like Apple's data center is a custom job. You didn't expect some boilerplate data center did you? Miller has created an Apple Data Center FAQ that's worth a read.

Topics: Data Centers, Apple, Hardware, Storage

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  • We all know what it does...

    It stores the neural patterns of a single person;-)
    Bruizer
    • RE: Apple's iData center details starting to emerge?

      @Bruizer

      That was funny and Good!
      kenosha77a
  • RE: Apple's iData center details starting to emerge?

    Ohh nooo, it is the beginnings of Skynet. Apple will use computers to kill off mankind! Everybody run for the hills! Apple is soooo evil that they will use ti to exert mind control over the population!

    I can just hear the ABA crowd now. They will try and twist it into something bad. ;)
    Rick_K
    • RE: Apple's iData center details starting to emerge?

      @Rick_K

      Naw, that'd be Google. Apple is just "a good shepherd."
      x I'm tc
    • RE: Apple's iData center details starting to emerge?

      @Rick_K

      I for one welcome our new iData-Skynet overlords.
      jaypeg
    • RE: Apple's iData center details starting to emerge?

      @Rick_K

      Wrong Skynet is GOOGLE. Google -IS- Evil and must be destroyed.
      thofts
    • RE: Apple's iData center details starting to emerge?

      @Rick_K

      Why would Apple use Texas Instruments (ti)???
      Jesster
  • Really?

    Why do we care about their data center?
    rjohn05
  • What exactly will they use for hardware?

    Mac Pro Workstations? Mac Mini's? Electrorak makes some nice rack, power, and infrastructure solutions, but what about the servers and storage?

    Apple has decent storage offerings (though insanely overpriced) but to my knowledge they don't make the Xserver anymore, so what are they going to do, put everything on shelves?
    crazydanr
    • RE: Apple's iData center details starting to emerge?

      @crazydanr@... I'm sure Apple can compile there internal-use server OS to run on any platform they choose.
      I12BPhil
    • RE: Apple's iData center details starting to emerge?

      @crazydanr@... Apple could have easily killed the XServe because of this new data center, only to release a new version two generations from now when the ApplePlex is online and fully functional. Who really knows (except Apple, that is...) - they could be building a supercomputer with the ability to render a Pixar film in 16k theater format at real-time or faster, with enough leftover processing power to downconvert it to 8k, 4k, 2k, 1080p, and 480p at the same time. And just to keep Zealot happy, it would be running Windows Server 2008 R2.
      nix_hed
  • Where are all of the irate FOSS people?

    Telling of the evil of non-boilerplate, non-ultra standards compliant hardware and software?
    And the evil of keeping any product secret from it's users..come on, we hear this all of the time.
    When is it going to be applied as though you were credible FOSS people?
    xuniL_z