“A new report says local officials expect Apple’s $1 billion data center in North Carolina to begin operations ;any day now,; while aerial footage of the site shows continued construction, supporting rumors that Apple may double the size of the server farm,” Josh Ong reports for AppleInsider.
“According to a Data Center Knowledge report published Sunday, the data center is ‘fully operational,’ with Apple beginning to ‘ramp up production’ at the server farm,” Ong reports. “The Cupertino, Calif., company could be planning to build a second facility on the site, the report notes.”
Ong reports, “Though the exact purpose of the massive server farm remains unknown, analysts speculate that it will play a central role in Apple’s move toward cloud computing and streaming media. Apple’s new $99 Apple TV, with just 8GB of on-board storage, is built for streaming. Additionally, the recently released MacBook Air, which Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs called the “future” of the entire MacBook line, is equipped with only flash memory. With the entry-level 11.6-inch model sporting just 64GB of flash storage, the ultra-thin notebook line would greatly benefit from cloud-based initiatives.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lava_Head_UK” for the heads up.]