Apple is building a new data center facility in North Carolina. Nobody knows what is it for, but according to Data Center Knowledge editor Rich Miller, it will be one of the largest in the world:
Apple is planning about 500,000 square feet of data center space in a single building. That would place it among the largest data centers in the world.
Let's put things in perpective: Apple's current data center in Newark is a little over 100,000 square feet, while most data centers around the world don't pass the 200,000 square feet mark. The new one, located near one of Google's large facilities in Maiden, NC, will be a colossal 500,000 square feet. That's a lot of computing nodes, and massive storage space.
The big question here is: Why? Is this designed to accomodate the iPhone family growth? Or is there a secret product and service plan that will require this gargantuan power and storage? New expanded content for new devices? Books? It can't be only that.
Your guess are as good as Miller, myself, or anyone else's, like with everything about Apple. Tell us your ideas in the comments.
Here is mine: According to the note I got in this bag of Cheetos, Apple is building a massive neural network to hold a duplicate of Steve Jobs' brain, so he can run the company for ever and ever. Just don't tell it to Jim Goldman. [Cult of Mac]