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Apple's Maiden data center profiled on NBC's 'Today'

04/24, 11:00pm

Part of environmental PR push, features rare inside look

On Thursday, NBC's venerable "Today" show featured a segment, covered by the network's chief environmental correspondent Anne Thompson, highlighting Apple's push for all-renewable energy sources for its data farms. The report, which ran about two and a half minutes, showcased the solar energy and fuel cells used at the iPhone maker's Maiden, North Carolina center, which is thought to be the main resource for iCloud and Siri among other Internet-related services.

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Samsung data center fire causes service outage for apps, websites

04/21, 6:39am

No reported fatalities in South Korean data center fire

A number of Samsung online services were unavailable for several hours this weekend, after major incident at a Samsung data center used for backing-up data. A fire at the Samsung SDS building in Gwacheon, South Korea caused the outage, which reportedly affected smartphones, tablets, and Smart TV apps that connect to the center in order to function, with services restored hours later.

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Apple buys hydroelectric facility to help power Prineville data center

04/12, 10:08pm

Original plans for project called for 3-5Mw energy generation on seasonal basis

In order to help power its Prineville, Oregon data center with renewable energy as promised, Apple has taken over a small hydroelectric project located about two miles north of the Haystack Reservoir and 45 miles downstream from the intake. It is unclear how far the project had progressed before Apple acquired it, but original plans called for it generate 3-5 megawatts of energy on a seasonal basis, closing in the winter when the irrigation canal it relies on is shut.

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Facebook to utilize RDDC concept construction in Sweden data center

03/09, 3:00pm

Rapid Deployment Data Center concept features modular piece design

Facebook announced that it will be using its Rapid Deployment Data Center (RDDC) concept that was created through the Open Compute Project (OCP) for its latest build in as part of a second building at the existing Luleå, Sweden data center location. The design was displayed at the Open Compute Summit in January, showing the strides the company has made in data center construction and development since the official launch of their first center in Prineville, Oregon in 2011.

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Apple files plans to crank out second 'tactical datacenter' in NC

02/20, 8:20pm

New plan shows 14,246 square foot, 25 foot tall concrete structure

Permits filed with the Maiden, NC planning commission have revealed that Apple is planning a 14,246 square foot "tactical datacenter" as an adjunct to its existing facilities in the area. The center will come complete with server space, all the requisite cooling apparatus, as well as offices and other business-related spaces.

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Report: Eemshaven in the running for Apple European data center

01/22, 3:45pm

Port city equipped with wind farm, fiberoptic cable terminus

According to local press reports, Apple is considering building a new European data center similar to its Prineville, Oregon location for its iTunes and iCloud services in the Dutch port city of Eemshaven. The city currently houses a Google facility, with a $2 billion Microsoft site under construction, and is uniquely suited with extant facilities -- including a transatlantic fiberoptic data cable terminus and a wind farm -- to host data centers.

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San Francisco Google barge may be data center, Google Glass store

10/27, 8:24pm

Large floating construction hit by permitting issues

A large structure is being built on a barge in San Francisco Bay by Google, according to a number of reports. The barge, located at a former Navy base in the area, is thought to be either a large floating data center, or as an alternative and highly speculative option, a structure devoted to marketing Google Glass and other Google products.

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Apple to build 20MW solar array to support Reno data center

07/01, 11:53pm

137 acre site using new technology to increase plant efficiency

Continuing its trend of green energy utility, Apple is reportedly planning to build out a 20MW solar array adjacent to its upcoming Reno, Nevada data center. The new system will include both solar panels and mirrored concentrators on the 137-acre site to increase the power density at the location.

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Report: Facebook chooses Altoona, IA for 'Catapult' data center

04/22, 7:14pm

Third Facebook center likely to also use 'green' technology

According to sources inside the Iowa state government and a report in the Des Moines Register, the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board and Altoona’s City Council are evaluating incentives for a rumored Facebook data center in the area, called "Catapult." If built, the company will join a LightEdge data center built in 2006, and a new one by Enseva scheduled to begin construction soon.

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Apple files to double capacity of fuel cell plant in NC

12/04, 6:20pm

Will own the largest non-power company fuel cell installation

According to paperwork filed with the North Carolina Utilities Commission, Apple intends to double the size of the Catawba County fuel cell project on the site of the Apple's data center in Maiden, NC. The move to 10 megawatts of power production will make it the largest installation of fuel cell technology not run by an electric utility. A total of fuel cells on the property are expected to be brought on line by January.

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Google gives virtual tour of data centers via Street View

10/17, 12:00pm

Tour shows how Google manages servers, data

Google has put a tour of one of its data centers online. The search engine's tour, entitled Where the Internet lives, shows how it manages the server farms hosting data for its numerous services, in an effort to demonstrate the company's efficiency in running such a location, as well as the lengths it goes towards securing its users data.

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Microsoft avoids data center fine by wasting energy

09/24, 6:23am

Threat of continued wasting forced fine reduction

Microsoft wasted a vast amount of electricity last year in order to avoid paying a fine. According to the New York Times, “millions of watts” were deliberately used to meet estimations on a Washington data center's energy use. The penalty of $210,000 was avoided, but was then followed by threats to continue wasting energy until the fine was lowered.

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Report: Apple selects Hong Kong for Pacific data center

09/19, 12:39am

Full completion in Apple's key market expected by 2015

According to reports, Apple's next giant data center will be constructed in Hong Kong, China. Apple has recently selected a location in the New Territories area of Hong Kong. Construction is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2013, and it should take over a year for operations to commence at the new center. Full operation is planned by 2015. Apple is said to be selecting bids from local and international construction companies for the buildout of the facility.

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Apple's Maiden, NC datacenter solar plant nears completion

09/14, 5:03pm

Apple intends on providing 60 percent of required power

Aerial photos of Apple's enormous solar array adjacent to its data center in Maiden, NC have surfaced. The field, nearly complete less than three months since groundbreaking, covers 100 acres and generates 20 megawatts of power, with California's Sun Power sun-tracking panels.

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Intel completes year-long oil-cooling test on servers

09/05, 3:43pm

Findings suggest oil could lower data center operating costs

Oil-cooled servers could possibly be used by companies to lower their data center costs. A year-long test by Intel and Green Revolution Cooling saw that by submerging a rack of servers into a non-conducting mineral oil, it had the best Power Usage Effectiveness that Intel had ever seen using that metric, although it could still be improved.

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Nevada approves local deal for Apple server farm

08/02, 12:58am

Tax breaks exchanged for $1 billion in investments

The Nevada Board of Economic Development has endorsed a state-sponsored deal brokered by the Nevada City Council to entice Apple to build a data center in Reno. The deal springs from a state law giving the economic development agency's executive director free rein to negotiate deals with qualifying companies. The approved deal grants Apple $89 million in tax breaks in exchange for an iCloud data center and support facilities. After construction, the combined facilities will employ a minimum of 35 full-time workers and up to 200 contract workers.

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