Apple is continuously expanding its data center infrastructure to support its growing cloud operations. The company is planning to invest a huge amount over the next 10 years to build a data center at a new technology park near Reno, Nevada. The data center project is part of a development plan in which the company will also build a purchasing center in downtown Reno. This will likely be Apple’s second major data center, following the construction of its largest data center in North Carolina.
On Tuesday, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported that Apple is planning to build a data center (codename “Project Jonathan”) at east of Sparks, Nevada and its business office is supposed to be located in downtown Reno. This proposed data center is a part of a $1 billion where the company is ready to invest into the state’s economy over the next 10 years. Apple currently operates a huge data center in Maiden, North Carolina and is building a second major facility in Prineville, Oregon. Like the company’s North Carolina data center and the facility it’s currently building in Prineville, Oregon would house Apple’s various online services, such as the iTunes Store, the App Store, and its iCloud data storage and syncing services. No doubt, Apple is building its own computing facilities in an effort to keep up with rising internet traffic — and cut down on costs.
Apple said it plans to begin construction in August and hopes to finish by the end of 2012. The “Project Jonathan” is estimated to generate up to 41 full-time jobs, 200 contract positions, and 580 direct construction workers. But anyway, the Washoe County School Board and the Reno City Council still have to sign off on the deal. Apple will go before the Reno City Council to make its case for the business center on Wednesday.