Inside Apple’s massive 1.3 million-square-foot data center in Mesa, Arizona

“The hallways are sparse, painted white. Some are seemingly endless stretches of gray, concrete floor,” Lily Altavena reports for The Arizona Republic. “There are few hints that the Mesa fortress you have stepped into belongs to Apple Inc., the technology behemoth based in Cupertino, California.”

The Arizona Republic took a rare tour inside Apple’s 1.3 million-square-foot data center on the corner of Signal Butte and Elliot roads,” Altavena reports. “The company, known for its secrecy, would not share many specifics about what happens inside the facility filled with servers, citing security concerns.”

“In a room, dubbed the ‘global data command’ center, a handful of employees, working in 10-hour shifts, monitor Apple operations data. That could include data from applications such as iMessage, Siri and iCloud,” Altavena reports. “Five other Apple data centers from California to North Carolina run similar operations.”

The senior site operations manager at the Apple Data Center in Mesa makes his way past dozens of servers, on Aug. 14, 2018. (Photo: Tom Tingle/The Republic)
The senior site operations manager at the Apple Data Center in Mesa makes his way past dozens of servers, on Aug. 14, 2018. (Photo: Tom Tingle/The Republic)

 
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MacDailyNews Take: There are many, many encrypted Messages and Siri queries wafting through those cavernous hallways!

10 Comments

  1. Are those Apple severs? Or did lazy Apple bow to the PC dark side and buy PC servers? Not a surprise since they allowed the Mac computing crown to also be won by the dark side for five years. Apple fanboys, you OK with this? If they don’t know what to do with billions in cash, here are two great places to start …

        1. Sean is just trying to isolate the psychological flaw that compels you to incessantly post negative things about Apple rather than moving on to something more positive and productive. Also, your penchant for dismissing anyone who dares to disagree with you as a fanboy.

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