While the purpose of the 109,000-square-meter data center Apple is building in North Carolina remains a complete mystery, a report released Sunday suggests that could start operating “at any time” . Apparently, the facility is already fully functional, coinciding with the schedule given by Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer when he said he expected to complete this $100 million project before the end of the year to start operations.
Interestingly, the image areas show that construction work has spread to the adjacent area, giving rise to new rumors about the possibility that Cupertino’s company may have decided to double the size of their new server farm. To put the issue in perspective, even without this expansion, the facility is already five times larger than the company’s data center in Newark, California.
As I said, the exact purpose of this giant complex remains completely unknown although there is speculation that it could play a major role in driving the company’s cloud computing and streaming services. Will we see the launch of an iTunes cloud version soon or the expansion of MobileMe services such as iDisk or Gallery?