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Aerial Photos of Apple's Oregon Data Center Site

Following up on its aerial tour of Apple's North Carolina data center earlier this year, Wired has again taken to the skies to get a glimpse of Apple's data center site in Prineville, Oregon.


While construction on the first of two 338,000 square-foot buildings planned for the site is just getting started, Apple's initial "tactical data center" is already in place.
Apple finished this building earlier this year, but just south of it, you can see what will be the site of its much larger 338,000-square-foot data center. Apple wants to eventually build two of these monster data centers on the 160-acre site, but right now, there’s no sign of the second facility.

Apple's tactical data center in Prineville

The photos also show the close proximity of Apple's project to Facebook's twin data centers. Facebook's first 330,000 square-foot data center opened last year, and the second one is nearing completion.

Apple has been working quickly to expand its data center capacity, opening its North Carolina data center last year and earlier this year announcing both the Oregon project and another one in Nevada as it seeks to support the rapidly growing needs of its digital stores and iCloud.

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18 months ago
Is this on Hoth?
Rating: 7 Positives
18 months ago

@topic: I think it is very good this datacenter uses 100% renewable energy. What will Greenpeace say now?


Lots of squirrels are now homeless.
Rating: 4 Positives
18 months ago

What's a 'tactical data centre'?


Wondering the same thing.


As opposed to a strategic data centre? Who knows?


It's a temporary/popup datacenter. If you look at the closeup of it, you'll notice you've got one main (Rather temporary looking) building, and shipping containers along the side of it. Each of those shipping containers is kitted out a a mini datacenter.

The trailer parked up behind those, will likely be the backup generator for the temporary server farm.

They are fairly common now, however really shouldnt be used for something as important/mission critical as iCloud IMO. I've seen a few providers resort to using these only to have it all go tits up when anything happened weather wise.

I guess it's all down to how well built they are. Quite a few companies make and use these now. HP, IBM, Sun, Google, Cisco, Toshiba to name a few.

Sun provide a bunch of great videos showing their 'Project Blackbox' datacenter in a shipping container: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svLdboZdfQ0
Rating: 4 Positives
18 months ago

seriously, who cares. just make the damn things work and provide an excellent user experience.

This is part of the strategy to 'make the damn things work'. If the structure of how they are doing that does not interest you that's cool. I am a longstanding geek who is very interested in how they plan on providing the services they promise. I also grew up in Oregon so this is doubly of interest to me.

So I care, that's who.
Rating: 4 Positives
18 months ago
What's a 'tactical data centre'?
Rating: 4 Positives
18 months ago
If they have used Apple Maps this may not even be Oregon!!...:eek:
Rating: 3 Positives
18 months ago

It's a temporary/popup datacenter. If you look at the closeup of it, you'll notice you've got one main (Rather temporary looking) building, and shipping containers along the side of it. Each of those shipping containers is kitted out a a mini datacenter.

The trailer parked up behind those, will likely be the backup generator for the temporary server farm.

They are fairly common now, however really shouldnt be used for something as important/mission critical as iCloud IMO. I've seen a few providers resort to using these only to have it all go tits up when anything happened weather wise.

I guess it's all down to how well built they are. Quite a few companies make and use these now. HP, IBM, Sun, Google, Cisco, Toshiba to name a few.

Sun provide a bunch of great videos showing their 'Project Blackbox' datacenter in a shipping container: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svLdboZdfQ0


The "shipping containers" on the outside of the main building are in fact "Chillers". They take hot air out of the data centre at ceiling level and blow the cold air back into the Data Centre. You can see the heat exchangers at the end of each of the chillers.

Another similar Apple Data Centre photo shows clearly the basic set up :-
http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2012/08/apple-maiden-construction?pid=218

You are correct about the trailer, it is for power. Notice the black power cables in the silver cable tray. These cables lead into the main building, the Data Centre.

P.S. I work at a Data Centre in Australia.
Rating: 1 Positives
18 months ago
How green was my Valley?....well, before Apple moved in....:apple:
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18 months ago
Now, will this make Siri snappier.:p
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