Apple’s data center ‘expansion’ may have been planned all along

Apple Online Store“The rumored expansion of Apple’s North Carolina data center may have been planned the entire time, photos from a Catawba County Flickr feed suggest,” MacNN report. “Dating back to July 2009, an architectural rendering related to the data center shows not one but two buildings. The positioning of the second building is consistent with a construction site spotted in a recent aerial recon flight.”

MacNN reports, “Still unclear is whether or not the second building can be genuinely considered an expansion. Apple is supposed to have at least 500,000 square feet, but whether or not the first building contains that much room is unknown. The company could instead be building two 250,000 square foot offices, although the idea is purely speculative so far.”

Check out the renderings in the full article here.

34 Comments

  1. Seems like it would not be difficult to approximate the scale of the photos and measure the sq footage of the buildings. Wouldn’t have be too precise, since were talk about a factor of 2x — 250,000 vs 500,000.

  2. Seems like it would not be difficult to approximate the scale of the photos and measure the sq footage of the buildings. Wouldn’t have be too precise, since were talk about a factor of 2x — 250,000 vs 500,000.

  3. OK, so do are people really that naive to think that Apple would conduct a nationwide search for a location, go into negotiations with local governmental authorities to get special deals and the site approval, and NOT have in its plans possible future expansion?!?

    Come on people, Apple does not do anything without having planned five steps ahead of what’s happening now. That’s why Apple is so successful – it has plans and programs in place to achieve specific goals, and it follows those plans.

    Microsoft is just the opposite now: it has no plan except keep making new versions of Windows and Office, and it changes direction as the winds of competition blow. Thus, Microsoft is declining and showing no leadership in the industry, while Apple is building and expanding.

  4. OK, so do are people really that naive to think that Apple would conduct a nationwide search for a location, go into negotiations with local governmental authorities to get special deals and the site approval, and NOT have in its plans possible future expansion?!?

    Come on people, Apple does not do anything without having planned five steps ahead of what’s happening now. That’s why Apple is so successful – it has plans and programs in place to achieve specific goals, and it follows those plans.

    Microsoft is just the opposite now: it has no plan except keep making new versions of Windows and Office, and it changes direction as the winds of competition blow. Thus, Microsoft is declining and showing no leadership in the industry, while Apple is building and expanding.

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