Apple’s iCloud service is expanding rapidly, and the company is investing billions of dollars in infrastructure to support it. Recent stories have pointed to the massive photovoltaic array powering the Maiden, NC data center, and last October Apple broke ground for a data center near Prineville, OR. Now AppleInsider is reporting that Apple has completed construction of a small “tactical” structure at a data center site near Reno, NV.
The headline of the AppleInsider post is somewhat misleading (not to mention grammatically questionable), crowing that “Apple’s initial iCloud facility in Reno already ready to go online.” The tactical structure houses cooling, security and support equipment, and doesn’t house any massive banks of servers or other infrastructure needed to house iCloud data. Similar structures are onsite at the Maiden, NC data center and one has also been built on the Prineville, OR site.
Support buildings such as the one completed at the Reno data center are usually pre-fabricated and quick to build, housing compressors for chiller equipment used to dissipate the heat generated by banks of servers and storage devices in the primary data centers. There’s still a lot of work to be done at the Reno site before it is fully operational.