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Apple, Google, Facebook turn N.C. into data center hub

Patrick Thibodeau, Computerworld | June 3, 2011
Apple is the latest high-profile tech company to open a data center in western North Carolina to take advantage of relatively low land and power costs.

Apple’s data center is creating about 50 direct jobs and 250 indirect jobs, such as contractors who will work on the site. The construction work created 2,500 to 3,000 jobs.

Hermes said he isn’t expecting Apple to change the fundamental, Mayberry-type nature of the town, a place where everybody knows one another.

The town is planning to buy some iPads for next year, and it has some Apple computers as well, but Dell machines and BlackBerries are also in use. Hermes uses an iPhone, “but I’ve always used an iPhone,” he noted.


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