Apple Leases Space for New Silicon Valley Data Center

Apple has leased some space in a new data center located in Santa Clara, a Silicon Valley city near to Apple’s home base in Cupertino, California. DataCenterKnowledge reported that Apple signed a seven year lease for power at a new data center being developed by DuPont Fabros Technology (DFT).

DFT apparently revealed the new lease in a recent earning report, but the company behind the deal was identified only as a “Fortune 50 technology company with excellent credit.” DataCenterKnowledge said it confirmed Apple as that Fortune 50 company through “multiple unnamed industry sources,” though none of them were named.

The site also explained that the lease was written in terms of power capacity — 2.28 megawatts of critical power load in this case, which apparently works out to the equivalent of of 11,000 square feet of data center space. That’s no small amount of data center space, but it pales in comparison to the half-million square foot facility Apple is building in North Carolina (184,000 square feet of which is dedicated to data center space).

Other tidbits in the report include the fact that this is the first facility that DFT is building on the West coast. DFT’s business is building data centers such as this new one for companies like Apple to rent space. DataCenterKnowledge said this sort of space is aimed at companies looking to expand fast. There are additional data center bullet points in the full article.

Possible Apple Data Center

Artist rendition of what Apple’s data center space might look like
(Our artist assumed that Apple would place a giant logo in the middle of the floor).

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