Apple Inc. is building a new, smaller data center on its Maiden campus. The new 21,030-square-foot data center called the “tactical” data center will house clusters of computer servers and said to be the new home of Apple’s iCloud services.
Permits filed with the Catawba County, North Carolina, say that the 11-room facility amounting to $1,885,129 will include “man traps” that require entry through two security doors rather than just one and that it will be surrounded by its own 8-foot-high chain-link fence.
Previously, Apple said they will spend $1 billion on the site which also house the largest private solar farm in the world. The company is also building a fuel cell installation. The solar farm and fuel cell installation is expected to produce 124 million kWh a year. That’s enough electricity to power 10,874 homes, the company says.
Back in Cupertino, construction on the new 2.8-million-square-foot circular spaceship-type building campus is expected to begin later in 2012, following final approval by the Cupertino City Council and is set to be finished in 2015.