Recent Apple filings have revealed the company’s plans to build a second smaller ‘tactical’ facility in North Carolina in addition to its massive data center in Maiden, N.C., according to a report by Apple Insider (via Hickory Daily Record). The filings suggest that the smaller 11-room, 21,030-square-foot data center will cost Apple US $1,885,129 and will be used to store clusters of servers. Apple’s primary data center in Maiden currently supports Apple’s iTunes and iCloud services.
Detailing from the source:
Located at 5977 Startown Road in Maiden, the new building has permits for 22 air conditioners, five fans, 14 humidifiers, six electrical unit heaters, one electric duct heat louvers, and ductwork. The small facility will also have one unisex bathroom, and will not be used to house employees.
Also detailed in the filing are what author Sharon McBrayer referred to as “tight security measures,” including “man trap” security doors that will require people to go through two doors to gain access, and an 8-foot-high chain-link security fence.
Apple is also planning a fuel cell installation for its onsite facilities that will allow the data centers to rely on 100 percent renewable energy by the end of 2012.