The new facility in Santa Clara will grow to 3/4 the size of Apple’s North Carolina data center
In what could be a new sign that Apple AAPL is stepping up its efforts in so-called cloud computing, Data Center Knowledge reported Wednesday that the company has signed a long-term lease for several megawatts of critical computing power from a data center under construction in Santa Clara, Calif., less than 10 miles from Apple’s Cupertino headquarters.
The facility is being assembled by Dupont Fabros Technology DFT , a major supplier of third-party server power to such clients as Yahoo YHOO , Facebook and Google. The new center is scheduled to come online in two phases: 180,000 square feet this summer, and another 180,000 square feet sometime down the road.
When completed, the 360,000 sq. ft. facility would be nearly three-quarters as large as the 500,000 sq. ft. server farm Apple is building for itself in Maiden, North Carolina.
According to Wednesday’s report, however, the seven-year lease Apple has signed is for only 2.28 megawatts of power, about 1/8 of the capacity of the first-phase of the project.
Below: The description of the new data center that appeared in DFT’s 2010 annual report: