What's Apple Doing With This Mystery Building?

South Carolina: home of BBQ, beaches and Apple's gi-freaking-normous data centre. It's where iCloud lives. Nw the company is putting the finishing touches on a new centre. Why? Nobody really knows. So Wired checked it out.

From above, Wired was able to spot some interesting physical details of the 1858sqm "tactical data centre":

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.

Man traps! Tactical data! Surely there's a term for that which doesn't make Apple sound like it's building a Bond villain doomsday layer, right? Whatever it is, it surely involves, "information" and "the internet", and things that eventually find their way to your iPhone and iPad. Wired quotes one networking wiz who speculates that the giant box is a way for other companies to securely plug into Apple's online goods without touching its internal network — so this could just be one huge concrete exercise in paranoia. Keep your mitts off Siri. [Wired]


Comments

    do you mean a "bond doomsday lair"?

    My money would be on it's to do with Apple TV (the new service not the existing hardware boxes)

      Mine's on DOD 5015.02-STD compliance for cloud storage.

      Then again, seeing as how Apple don't give a sh*t about enterprise, that's likely to be wrong.

    Well at least no one can sue them for a patent breach, since they have the patent for rectangles.

      gizmodo should get a patent for a website where people that don't know about patents come to make comments about patents. In rectangles.

      ^ This! Hilarious.

    Anyone seen Breaking Bad.

    This is 100% Walt and Pinkman's ( aka Todd Carney ) new cook house.

    Obviously there's a big industrial meth lab underneath. :)

      Be careful. Heisenberg probably knows where you live!

      It does look like that commercial laundry.

    That's Apple's new server farm which isn't exactly a secret. And it's actually in North Carolina.

    #AUTHORNEEDSANEDITOR

    looks perfectly ordinary to me. many data centers have man-traps and perimeter fences. Nothing to see here.

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