Apple Repurposing Arizona Facility as Data Center(▼)(▲)
February 2, 2015
The Associated Press:
Apple said Monday it will invest $2 billion over 10 years to open a data center in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa that will be the company's fifth in the U.S. and serve as a control facility for its global networks.
This is using the same facility that Apple had been using as a saphire glass manufacturing plant before GT Advanced, the company they had been partnered with, suddenly declared bankruptcy and ended the agreement.
"This multi-billion dollar project is one of the largest investments we've ever made, and when completed it will add over 600 engineering and construction jobs to the more than one million jobs Apple has already created in the U.S.," Apple said in a statement. "Like all Apple data centers, it will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy, much of which will come from a new local solar farm."
An Apple spokesman said construction on the new data center should start late next year, if not earlier. GT is storing advanced furnaces it planned to use in its Apple venture at the plant while the furnaces are being liquidated, delaying the immediate use of the plant.