Apple Server Farm Among the Largest in the World

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Dec 28, 2010


Apple's Maiden NC server farm is due to be online but the company is tight lipped about the purpose of the 505,000 square-foot facility. Five times larger than Apple's existing data center in Newark, California, this new facility ranks among the largest in the world. It is speculated, reports Money Morning, it is needed to deliver music, applications (apps) and video from the iTunes Store, but such added capacity also could allow Apple to expand its cloud-based initiatives, using the existing MobileMe online service as a starting point.


Apple's secret farm could cost as much as $1 billion.

"Other major tech companies, namely Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG), also have built their own data centers - both to curb reliance on external CDNs and to protect their cloud-based innovations from prying eyes. Apple currently contracts with both Akamai Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AKAM) and Limelight Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: LLNW) for much of its content delivery; no doubt it shares its rivals' concerns of wanting more control over data distribution and costs. Furthermore, Apple clearly can use any new data distribution capacity immediately. The iTunes Store alone sells about 10 million song downloads per day, and that doesn't count all of the people streaming 90-second song previews before they buy. Fewer customers buy (or rent) Apple's television and movie offerings, but those much larger files eat up distribution capacity."

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