The new Apple iCloud service is certain to give cloud computing a major boost in terms of consumer accepance. The service will educate a generation of consumers that their most precious data — work data, personal photos, music collections — can and should be managed by a remote service that is not on their personal computer. So where is that data going to reside?
Most of it will be stored in Maiden, North Carolina on a 225-acre facility where Apple has invested about $1 billion. For a bird’s eye view of the facility, watch the YouTube video of a helicopter fly-over. Apple also recently signed a contract for 12 petrabytes of data storage from EMC Corp., but that’s not quite enough to handle the expected demand.
It’s not likely that Apple will provide too many technical details so do your best to learn what you can from that YouTube video.