Early this year Apple announced that the company intended to build a data center in Prineville, Oregon, and in April confirmed that they were investing $250 million in the project. The company has also reportedly already installed temporary modular data center buildings on the site.
The Associated Press is reporting that Apple has proceeded and filed plans with the city of Prineville, which confirms that the company is seeking to build a 500,000 square-foot facility in the area. This data center, when completed, will be around the same size as the relatively new data center in Maiden, North Carolina.
It seems that Apple is very serious about their iCloud initiative. To my mind, they should be. Other companies, such as Amazon and Google are continuously building on their cloud services, making customer data available to all devices. Apple is doing this as well, and to be honest, are behind the curve, but seemingly moving quickly to catch up.