New 21,000-square-foot “tactical” data center is being built next to the company’s massive 500,000-square-foot data center.
Apple is building a high-security “tactical” data center on the site of its massive data center in Maiden, N.C., According to design plans filed with Catawba County, the new 21,030-square-foot data center will store group of servers in 11 rooms and be guarded by “mantraps” at either end. To enter the building, people will have to pass one door that closes behind them before being cleared to enter the building through a second security door. The building will also be surrounded by an 8-foot-high chain-link security fence.
Other sanction issued for the site describes a new building with a resistant concrete pad that would house a hydrogen fuel cell facility. The permit describes the cost of construction at $4.1 million.er, as well as showing “the footprint for a larger data center that would run nearly parallel to the existing one” and T-bone the smaller one under construction, suggesting that Apple has more plans for expanding the site.
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