No One Knows What’s Inside This New Secret Apple Building

No One Knows What’s Inside This New Secret Apple Building

See that big building right there? It’s part of Apple’s huge new data center over in North Carolina that powers all the iCloud magic that makes your iOS experience possible. Apple’s data center compound is massive. It comes with a 500,000 square foot data center, a 100-acre solar farm, a 4.8-megawatt fuel cell array, and a few other little buildings sprinkled all over.

The little 21,000 square foot building in the picture above is what Apple’s calling a “tactical data center.” No one knows just what it’s supposed to be, and of course Apple’s not going to tell anyone. So Wired jumped in their spy plane to get a closer look, and this is what they found out:

This 11-room facility seems to have a few extra security measures. It includes “man traps,” meaning that visitors will have to walk through two sets of security doors to get inside, and it’s bordered by its own 8-foot chain-link fence. Those five long white units at the bottom of the photo are diesel backup generators

Why’s Apple got a bit of extra security protecting their tactical data center? Well according to Rackspace Chief Technology Officer John Engates, Apple might be using the facility as a neutral location where Apple can bring their partners and let them plug their gear into Apple’s grid without getting full exposure to all of Apple’s juicy little secrets hidden away in the giant 500,000-square-foot facility.

Here’s another picture of the secret building. Head over to Wired to see more pics of Apple’s new data center.

No One Knows What’s Inside This New Secret Apple Building

  • oldsweng

    That’s the NSA iCloud monitoring building. Nothing to see here…

  • joewaylo

    Looks like legos on the siding to me.

  • thegraphicmac

    I can’t believe nobody pointed out the black SUVs and the surface-to-air missile installation…

  • joewaylo

    @TheGraphicMac: I see black SUVs, but where’s the SAM sites?

  • Mac McIntire

    Does this commenting thing work?

  • Mac McIntire

    Maybe it’s a big ass battery to store that solar power for night time use.

  • ApplePr0n

    It’s a bunch of Steve Jobs clones being created, book it

  • iTnetennba

    Sounds like a military base to me…

  • Alfred2612

    Does this commenting thing work?

    Not well.

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