Apple Confirms Plans for Oregon Data Center

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Apple confirmed plans to build a data center in Pineville, Oregon following the release of a land purchase report from Crook County. The company was first rumored to be considering the location in December 2011.

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The 160 acre plot cost Apple US$5.6 million and is near a Facebook data center. Crook County Judge Mike McCabe said Facebook tipped off Apple to the location, according to KTVZ News.

“Facebook kind of helped recruit [Apple], saying, ‘You’ve got to come up and look at this community,’” he said.

Apple representatives signed the land purchase deal on February 15, which also happened to be the day Oregon passed a tax law designed to help lure large data centers to the state.

There isn’t any word yet on when Apple plans to start construction on the new data center, or exactly how the company plans to use the facility once it’s completed.

Comments

geoduck

Only because I grew up in Oregon and have a smidgion of remaining pride about it:

Apple confirmed plans to build a data center in Pineville, Oregon

It’s PRineville.
It was named for the first merchant located in the present location, Barney Prine.

jbruni

You’re from Oregon if you know how to pronounce Coos Bay.

lhallberg

You’re from Oregon if you know how to pronounce Oregon wink

Lee Dronick

You?re from Oregon if you know how to pronounce Coos Bay.

You’re from Oregon if you don’t know how to pump your own gas. smile

I haven’t been through there in a long time, is that regulation still in effect?

geoduck

You?re from Oregon if you know how to pronounce Coos Bay.

My favorite though, just up the road from Coos Bay is the little town of Coquille. That always catches the tourists.

skipaq

Aside from the Oregon funnies; this announcements makes one wonder what Apple is up to with all these servers. iCloud? Of course that is the answer in part. But just where is Apple going with iCloud?

geoduck

Aside from the Oregon funnies; this announcements makes one wonder what Apple is up to with all these servers.

The simple answer is redundancy. It’s unlikely that there would be two simultaneous disasters that take out both sites.

However you’re right. They are way over capacity if all they were going to do was the current iCloud services. In addition they must have a pretty decent server farm in Cupertino or elsewhere. MobileMe and its predecessors were running before the site in the east coast came on line.

Lee Dronick

However you?re right. They are way over capacity if all they were going to do was the current iCloud services.

Apple TV? Maybe they are are going to host the movies and such.

BurmaYank

My GoogleMap impression of Prineville’s geography/geology is that it’s sitting atop the mountain ridge lying against the eastern side of the Pacific coastal fault line(s) where many volcanos and lava flows have erupted between Canada & Mexico.  Therefore, free unlimited subterranean hydrothermal electricity should be available relatively nearby (or not excessively deep below) Apple’s plant, I’d expect.

Lee Dronick

There are a number of hot springs in Oregan, I have visited several, so yes geothermal energy is a possibility. In Al Gore’s ebook/app Our Choice he has a map of the United States and how deep you would have to drill to get enough heat for geothermal energy production.

Would Apple do it or rely on 3rd party to set it up and also sell to the grid.

akcarver

jbruni said:

You?re from Oregon if you know how to pronounce Coos Bay.

You?re from Oregon if you don?t know how to pump your own gas.

I haven?t been through there in a long time, is that regulation still in effect?

Yes. Its only purpose is to keep unskilled people employed. There’s no scientific or safety reason at all.

Lee Dronick

Yes. Its only purpose is to keep unskilled people employed.

There is value in that.

Speaking of workers, how many will this data center employee? On site and remotely.

I looked on a map and Prineville is up in the northeast corner of the State. Gorgeous country up there, but a bit out in the boondocks.

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