Apple Considering Building Huge New Data Center in Oregon

OregonLive.com reports that Apple is currently deciding whether to commit to building a major new data center in Prineville, Oregon that would complement its newly-opened facility in Maiden, North Carolina. Apple currently has an option to purchase 160 acres of land for the potential Prineville data center near a recently-opened Facebook data center, and Apple has until the end of this month to exercise that option or allow it to expire.

The world's largest tech company is nearing a decision on whether to build a large data center in Prineville, a quarter mile south of the Facebook server farm that opened earlier this year, according to two people with direct knowledge of Apple's plans.

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Those familiar with the discussions say that Apple's Oregon plans have been in flux while it awaited word on whether there would be adequate electricity transmission in Prineville to meet its needs.

With transmission capacity expanding and other companies now looking elsewhere, a door opened for Apple.

Apple's project, codenamed "Maverick", is said to initially include a 31-megawatt data center, with plenty of land available for future expansion should the need arise and electricity capacity for the area prove sufficient. Apple's electricity demand for its North Carolina has not been disclosed, but some sources have estimated it in the range of 100 megawatts.

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Facebook's data center in Prineville, Oregon

Apple has been working hard to expand its data center capacity to handle iCloud and other services, having invested $1 billion in the North Carolina center and revealing a master plan that could see the size of the facility double in the future. Apple also maintains a smaller data center in Newark, California and has been building out minor additional capacity in Santa Clara, California near its corporate headquarters in Cupertino.

Data center industry observers have been expecting Apple to continue building out West Coast data center capacity, as most large tech companies seek to locate major facilities along each coast of the United States to provide redundancy and optimize performance.

Top Rated Comments

DCJ001 Avatar
122 months ago
Headline six months from now:

Microsoft Considering Building Huge New Data Center in Oregon, Next To Apple's Data Center, Next To Facebook's Data Center.

Microsoft has no plans to use their data center. But, since Facebook and Apple built them, Microsoft felt that it was necessary.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Peace Avatar
122 months ago
This would be great for Oregon. We have lots of electricity. Only problem is it's sold to California.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
slrandall Avatar
122 months ago
This would be great. Anything to make iCloud even better and Siri more reliable.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
paul4339 Avatar
122 months ago
Why are those HUGE walls in front of the data center?
part of data center design and specifications demands that the facilities be protected from projectiles caused from high winds, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc. For high up-time data centers (Tier 3 & 4) they sometimes build big walls to meet those specs.

Sometime, you'll also see other stuff, like boulders in front or around the building to act as walls to prevent the disgruntled worker from driving a truck through the front doors (which is apparently is not rare).

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marcusj0015 Avatar
122 months ago
Why are those HUGE walls in front of the data center?
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PlutoPrime Avatar
122 months ago

Personally I don't think iCloud is as popular as Apple wants it to be...I haven't touched it at all...not really a believer in "owning" stuff that I can't touch...such as cds, dvds, or books. Not to mention the glitches that may go with it "oh darn, iCloud is slow today...oh darn, iCloud is asking me to accept the License Agreement for the 3rd time this week...oh darn, iCloud says my account has a problem...oh darn, iCloud says I didn't pay my bill..."[COLOR="#808080"]

Your only saving grace in that paragraph was starting it with "Personally".
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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