Apple Begins Construction on First Phase of Oregon Data Center

The Oregonian reports (via Wired) that Apple has begun construction on the $68 million first phase of its data center project in Prineville, Oregon. The first phase will see the construction of one of two 338,000 square foot buildings planned for the site, but that building will apparently only be partially fitted out for the time being.

The price tag covers the cost of one building and two "data halls" inside. Plans filed with the city and Crook County last summer call for adding a second building and, eventually, 14 more data halls.

There's additional space on the property for more buildings, identified in planning documents in two sections marked "Future Development Area."

Soon after purchasing the data center site in February of this year, Apple opened a 10,000 square foot modular data center to establish a presence there, but with permanent construction now underway Apple's longer-term vision is starting to play out.

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Apple has been rapidly expanding its data center capacity at sites around the United States, expanding beyond the company's long-standing sites at its corporate headquarters in Cupertino, California and nearby Newark with a massive new facility in Maiden, North Carolina and now starting to bring its Prineville site online. The company has also announced plans for a data center outside of Reno, Nevada.

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GenesisST Avatar
109 months ago
How can you say that with no info available.

Well, he did post a link.

But still a dick measuring contest.

Who cares who's the best? As long as both (and other companies) make a conscious effort to be energy efficient, we all win. (and as long as it is a real effort and not a PR ploy).
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MacVault Avatar
109 months ago
You wonder how efficient Apple's DC will be but already know Google wins?! ;)
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everything-i Avatar
109 months ago
How can you say that with no info available.

Don't feed the trolls ;)
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Solomani Avatar
109 months ago

Who cares who's the best? As long as both (and other companies) make a conscious effort to be energy efficient, we all win. (and as long as it is a real effort and not a PR ploy).

Ah, you are the voice of reason on this thread. Posts like yours do not belong on MR. :D
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subsonix Avatar
109 months ago
Wow..

Wonder how energy effient it will be..... Google wins hands down here :-

How can you say that with no info available.
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cluedweasel Avatar
109 months ago
I see they know that Oregon = Rain.

Nope. Here in the high desert (I live about 15 miles west of Prineville), it's a very dry climate. We run around 9 inches of rain per year. The big draw for data centers is that it always cools off a lot at night, year round. Even on 90F+ summer days, the temperature drops into the 40s at night.
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