Exploring Apple’s Data Center in North Carolina

If you’re a tech enthusiast looking for a unique getaway, consider embarking on a journey similar to the one Katie Fehrenbacher from GigaOM experienced. She ventured on a day-long tour of massive data centers located in a concentrated area of North Carolina, featuring sites like Apple’s Maiden data center and others operated by tech giants Google and Facebook.

Her journey began in the town of Maiden, NC, a quiet place with a small population and limited economic activity.

Despite the minimal job creation due to the automated nature of data centers, Fehrenbacher enjoyed a local meal at Scottie’s Bar-B-Que, opting for a vegetarian selection of black-eyed peas, fried okra, and baked beans.

The Maiden facility is notably expanding its renewable energy solutions, including a 20-megawatt solar farm and 4.8 megawatts of biogas-fueled fuel cells. Currently, the site is prepped with numerous poles ready for photovoltaic arrays, under the management of Holder Construction, and signs indicating the Project Dolphin Solar Farm.

While the data centers themselves are not visible due to security measures, including extensive fencing and security personnel, the trip offers a unique glimpse into the infrastructure that powers much of our modern digital lives.

If you can’t make the drive, consider checking out a satellite image of the facility on Google Maps.

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