Digital Daily

Apple's invisible server farm

October 27, 2010: 11:01 AM ET

Its Maiden, N.C., data center, said to be doubling in size, is still not visible on Google Maps

6081 Startown Rd., Maiden. NC. Source: Googe Maps

How is that the only photographic evidence that Apple (AAPL) is building a giant data center in western North Carolina is a video fly-over shot eight months ago by a Charlotte real estate agent and a snapshot that appeared in the Hickory Daily Record three months earlier?

[UPDATE: There's a new flyover! Shot by the same real estate agent on Oct. 23 and posted below the fold.]

Source: Digital Daily

Maps of the original 183 acres purchased in 2009 and a 70-acre parcel that Apple assembled across the street were posted Wednesday by Digital Daily's John Paczkowski. Last week, Paczkowski quoted unnamed sources who said Apple was "considering" using the new plot to build a second server farm as big as the first. The combined 1-million-square-foot facility would be 10 times the size of Apple's current data center in Newark, Calif.

It will reportedly serve as the centerpiece of Apple's push into cloud computing, whereby music, movies, photos, calendars and other files currently stored on Mac hard drives would reside instead on Apple's remote servers.

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