Last year, Steve Jobs talked about what powers iCloud during his WWDC keynote. It is a huge data center in Maiden, North Carolina that is 500,000 square feet and is about five times the size of the company’s existing Silicon Valley data center. Also, it costed $1 billion to build, which is twice of what Google and Microsoft generally invest in their cloud data centers. Recently, the company touted its solar farm across that gigantic data center.
Then in December, it was reported that Apple was “nearing a decision” on whether or not to build a brand new data center in Oregon. Today, KTVZ.com has received confirmation from the company that the company plans to build a new data center on a 160-acre lot in Prineville, Oregon. The land was reportedly purchased for $5.6 million from Crook County. This new data center will be located a quarter mile south of a Facebook server farm that opened earlier this year. Now, this is pretty ironic. Why? Because rumor has is it that Apple and Facebook have a love/hate relationship (ex: Ping lacking Facebook Connect integration).
The company also maintains a smaller data center in Newark, California and has been building out additional capacity in Santa Clara, California near its corporate headquarters in Cupertino.