Aerial Footage of Apple's North Carolina Data Center

Monday February 22, 2010 9:04 AM PST by Eric Slivka

Data Center Knowlege points to a brief YouTube video posted late last week reportedly showing aerial footage of Apple's massive new data center being constructed in the town of Maiden, North Carolina.

It's plenty big, as illustrated by this aerial video posted to YouTube (apparently taken by an area realtor) of the 500,000 square foot facility. The new $1 billion data center will be nearly five times the size of Apple's existing 109,000 square foot Newark, Calif. facility, and is seen as a key component of Apple's cloud computing strategy.

Apple agreed to locate in North Carolina in June 2009 after the state offered $46 million in tax incentives and officially announced the location, about 40 miles northwest of Charlotte, a month later. Apple's exact plans for the facility, among the world's largest, remain unknown, although cloud computing has been seen as a possible focus.