Apple has selected North Carolina as the location for a new data center and will invest more than $1 billion in the project over nine years, Gov. Bev Perdue announced. The facility will provide Apple with a major East Coast infrastructure hub to support its iTune music store and iPhone app store. The project is expected to employ at least 50 full-time employees.
Apple spokeswoman Susan Lundgren told "the company is in the process of acquiring land and expects to begin construction right away. Apple has been considering sites in both Cleveland and Catawba counties. Backers of the site in Cleveland County have been told by state officials that it's "all but a done deal" that Apple will choose a rival site in Catawba County."
The $1 billion price tag is nearly twice the $500 to $600 million that Microsoft and Google typically invest in the enormous data centers that power their cloud computing platforms.