Oregon news outlet The Bulletin reports that Apple has purchased nearly 200 acres of land in Prineville, Oregon this week. The property purchased this week is directly adjacent to Apple’s already existing facility in the city. Apple reportedly paid $3.6 million for its new 200 acre plot.
Apple hasn’t specified its plans for the land to Prineville yet, although in April it filed for an application to expand its data center operations. In that application, Apple said it wants to build two more “pods” to house its server farms for its cloud-based services. The project is expected to cost over $6 million.
McCabe said he expects Apple to apply for the same Oregon enterprise zone tax abatements it already enjoys on its existing facility. The 15-year agreements, created by the state to encourage development in counties with high unemployment rates, save companies millions of dollars in taxes on equipment and site improvements. In return, they must create a specific number of jobs that pay well above the county median wage.
Apple originally purchased 159 acres in Prineville back in 2012 to start its campus. With today’s new addition, Apple now holds 359 acres of land in the city for its cloud-based operations.
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This is just about scalability. What I’d like to see is an improvement on all of Apple’s cloud offerings. I’m reading way too much about outages, downtime, can’t do this or that. I understand other companies are having their own problems, yet Apple does seem to stand out in this matter.
Apple said it wants to build two more “pods” to house its server farms for its cloud-based services
Correction: Apple said it wants to build two more “pods” to house its Windows based server farms for its cloud-based services
Apple employs Isilon (OneFS), Nexenta (Linux) and other vendor storage solutions in their server farms. Sure some Windows servers will be present, but the vast majority won’t be running a Microsoft OS.