We've been following this story for a while. Apple is planning to open a massive data center in North Carolina (NC). Recently, NC offered a nice tax incentive and that sealed the deal. This week, the AP is reporting that Apple's data center will live in Maiden, NC, just 30 miles away from Google's Catawba County data center.
This comes at a time when the US economy is poor and Catawba County, NC is experiencing a 15% unemployment rate. The data center should create a large number of jobs (up to 3,000 during construction and around 300 once operational), which is a very good thing.
For now we've no idea what the facility will be used for. In the meantime, congratulations to Apple and Maiden. May you have a long and healthy relationship.