Is Apple’s billion-dollar North Carolina data center using a ‘unique’ design?

“Is Apple using custom enclosures and “unique” airflow and cable management in its North Carolina data center? We can’t say for certain, but it sure looks that way based on an announcement today from several data center industry equipment vendors,” Rich Miller reports for Data Center Knowledge.

“Instor and Electrorack said they have completed a project providing tailor-made enclosures for an unnamed client at a large data center in North Carolina,” Miller reports. “The vendors said the units were ‘built specifically to address the owner’s precise and unique requirements concerning airflow, cable management and equipment mounting.'”

Miller reports, “Instor and Electrorack wouldn’t comment on the identity of their client. They were hired by Holder Construction, whose many data center projects include Apple’s 500,000 square foot iDataCenter in Maiden, North Carolina. While Instor and Electrorack aren’t talking, the project description suggests a massive facility.”

Read more in the full article-recommended – here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “krquet” for the heads up.]


  1. Nah, it’s just a bunch of computers scattered all over the place with Ethernet cables and extension cords running all over the place. Oscillating fans for cooling.

    I did hear that Steve Jobs insisted on a really good surge protector though.

  2. It’s just like Apple to take design details to new levels. There are no cutting corners or settling for inferior low cost solutions within every minute area of this company. No one even comes close to Apple.

  3. My bet is that the NC data center will be used for a new MobileMe on steroids. Users will upload all their hard drive contents, making their personal data available to all their mobile iDevices. The desktop as mothership model will eventually disappear; the cloud will become the repository of all our digital hub data.

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