Earlier this month Google CEO Erik Schmidt parted with the Apple board of directors because Apple and Google are closing in on each others core businesses. Most people will probably say that Google is closing in on Apple, with the launch of Android, Google Chrome, Google Chrome OS and so on, which was also said to be the reason why Erik Schmidt decided to leave. But what if Apple is actually also planning on entering Googles home turf…?
You see, Apple is looking to spend one billion U.S. dollars to build a gigantic 45,000 square meters data center in North Carolina, more than four times as large as the company’s largest data center today. And they won’t even tell us what it’s for!!
No big surprise, really. Apple is known to keep its new products and technologies a secret until launch. It has created fertile ground for speculation.
It is expected that construction will start shortly, dual fiber connections have already been installed. The data center is expected to create 50 full-time jobs, maybe even 100 jobs once the facility becomes fully operational, as well as 250-300 temporary construction jobs in the region that has been hit hard by the economic crisis. It is estimated that the facility could be responsible for as many as 3,000 jobs in the regional economy, including construction, operation, and maintenance of the facility itself, as well as indirectly as a result of increased economic growth.
This billion dollars investment in a data center can be a sign that Apple has big thoughts about cloud computing. The largest Apple data center currently is in Newark, California, and Apple also has a data center near its headquarters in Cupertino.
In addition, Apple uses the global network of Akamai and Lime Light Networks to distribute its digital content.
What do you think this data center is for? The successor to Snow Leopard could be a more cloud-based operating system, or what are they up to?
Some how I doubt they are going to use Mac Minis in their new data center, but it would be cool to have one of those racks!