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May 26 2009   6:11PM GMT

The $1 billion data center?

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Data Center Knowledge cites local media reports on speculation that Apple is building a massive data center that could cost as much as $1 billion.

Most of the massive data centers out there from Microsoft and Google have price tags around $500 million, so $1 billion would be a big jump. What makes the cost so high? Who knows. If it happens, this thing is likely to be monstrously large.

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  • Rjhintz
    Any idea of the breakdown of the $500M figure (power, cooling, fire, security) and the ongoing operating costs? Number and accuracy of data points that led to the $500M number cited? Thanks.
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  • Mark Fontecchio
    Hey Rich, I think you're referring to the breakdown of the approximate $500M data centers for Microsoft and Google. Historically they've been averse to doing a cost breakdown, and usually I get these total figures from local media sources that cite local government officials who don't require the companies to break down their costs into that much detail. This article ( might give you a decent idea of the general breakdown of building and operating a data center, though.
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