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.