Data Center Knowledge is reporting that Apple is planning to expand their data center capacity even more, even thought their much-hyped North Carolina data center has yet to come online. Specifically, Apple has acquired space in a third-party data center located in Santa Clara, California. In April, Apple signed a seven-year lease for 2.28 megawatts […]
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Apple Expanding Data Center Presence with Smaller Facility in Calif

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Data Center Knowledge is reporting that Apple is planning to expand their data center capacity even more, even thought their much-hyped North Carolina data center has yet to come online. Specifically, Apple has acquired space in a third-party data center located in Santa Clara, California.

In April, Apple signed a seven-year lease for 2.28 megawatts of critical power load in a new data center being built in Santa Clara, Calif. by DuPont Fabros Technology (DFT), a leading developer of wholesale data center space. The lease is scheduled to commence in the third quarter (July to September), when the building opens.

DuPont Fabros disclosed the Santa Clara lease in its first quarter earnings, but did not reveal the name of the tenant, which is consistent with its policies. In a conference call with analysts, company executives described the tenant as a “Fortune 50 technology company with excellent credit.” But multiple industry sources have since confirmed that the tenant is Apple.

The report notes that this appears to be Apple’s first move into third-party data centers, which are pre-built and ready for companies to rent out space. The advantage to this is the fast deployment time, and there is no need to build their own infrastructure.

This could work out one of two ways. Apple is either leasing this data center as a temporary stopgap as Apple builds another data center of their own somewhere else. Or, this could simply be what Apple uses for their plans of a west coast data center that would rival the size and scope of the North carolina center of legend.

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