Apple loves its data centers, don’t they. They have a huge one located in North Carolina (that was recently under some sort of construction), and now they are getting their plans set to build a new one in Prineville, Oregon. They made the announcement in February, and in April it was found that $250 million would be going to the new development. Now, The Associated Press is reporting that Apple’s plans for the new data center have been filed with the city of Prineville, revealing to the public the plans for a 500,000 square foot center, which is right on track with the previously mentioned NC one.
According to the AP (from the filing), there will be two buildings which were both described as “data halls.” It didn’t indicate when Apple will begin construction though. As the senior planner from Prineville, Joshua Smith, said “They really didn’t say how long they are looking at.” Alongside this project, Apple will work to better Prineville as a whole by assisting in expanding the city’s water system using a newly discovered underground stream. “We will be converting those to production wells, with Apple’s help, and we will reimburse them over time,” said Prineville City Manager Steve Forrester. So Apple not only will be building its own business-centric data center, but will be helping the community as a whole.
What do you think? Wonder if this new data center is for something other than iCloud? Why would Apple need this much data space? Let us know in the comments.