Its been a secret for a long time. The iCloud is on its way !!
Apple confirmed on Tuesday that it will be announcing its iCloud service at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2011 that starts on June 6. With the news that Apple will definitely be offering cloud services, we wondered how exactly the company plans to store all that data in the cloud? The answer became apparent today as Google Earth unveiled a view of Apple’s 500,000-square foot data center in North Carolina for the first time.
Apple had been pretty adamant about not letting any aerial imagery of the new site show up on Google Maps or Google Earth. The $1 billion facility was kept secret until today. If you were to look for it on Google Maps by punching in its address of 6081 Startown Road, the satellite image would stop a few yards away from the construction site. A little further west of Startown Road showed lush green fields and trees and a driveway that oddly stopped in the middle of a field — but that was it.
To get the iCloud buzz going even more before Monday’s keynote, Apple gave Google the A-OK to release the satellite imagery. Looking at the same area now will show you a massive white building with not a lot of parking around it. Perhaps the parking is underground? Otherwise, we’re a little worried about how employees are expected to reach the facility.
Apple has been working hard to seal deals with the four major music labels in order to gain permission to use their music with its cloud service. Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group were the only two left to sign on, so it’ll be interesting to see if Steve Jobs announces the partnership at Monday’s keynote.
- Apple’s North Carolina data center now visible on Google Earth (tuaw.com)
- Apple’s new data center is visible (at last!) from space (tech.fortune.cnn.com)
- You Can Finally Check Out Apple’s Data Center on Google Earth [Apple] (gizmodo.com)
- Did Google Hide Apple’s Data Center On Its Satellite Images? (mashable.com)
- Apple Confirms the Approach of the iCloud (datacenterknowledge.com)
- Apple’s $1 billion super datacenter goes live in Google Earth ahead of iCloud announcement (9to5mac.com)
- New Apple store to open near North Carolina data center (tuaw.com)
- Apple’s Data Center Makes A Google Maps Appearance (macstories.net)
- Apple’s $1 billion data center suddenly appears on Google Earth (geek.com)
- After Data Center, Apple To Open Fifth Store in North Carolina (macstories.net)