Apple breaks ground at mystery data center; spy plane photos posted online

“Apple is building something new at its Maiden, North Carolina data center, and thanks to our 1949 Piper PA-11 (Cub Special) iSpy Plane, we can give you an exclusive first look,” Robert McMillan reports for Wired.

“In our photos, taken Monday, you can see construction crews laying the foundations for a new approximately 20,0000-square-foot structure in a wooded area just northwest of the main data center,” McMillan reports. “Apple appears to be finally building its 4.8-megawatt array of Bloom Energy fuel cells, which convert biogas into electricity.”

McMillan reports, “This 20,000-square-foot building, located just south of the main building, is what Apple calls a ‘tactical data center.’ Nobody knows exactly what an Apple tactical data center is supposed to be, but according to Rackspace Chief Technology Officer John Engates, who has spent his fair share of time in windowless buildings racked with servers, it may be a neutral spot where Apple partners can come and plug their gear into Apple’s grid without getting any exposure to the fantastic secrets housed in the larger 500,000-square-foot facility. Our flyover captured some pretty clear images of the tactical data center, the massive solar array, and, of course, this new mystery building.”

See all of the spy photos in the full article here.

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