Apple poaches eBay data center guru
Here's $1bn. And a muzzle
As it preps a $1bn data center in North Carolina, Apple has hired away eBay's senior director of data center services and strategy.
According to Dave Ohara and his Green Data Center blog, eBay's Olivier Sanche will join Apple as its director of global data center operations.
In early June, after the North Carolina lawmakers agreed to provide about $46m in tax breaks over the next decade, Apple said it would begin construction on its mega data center as soon as it picks a location, and according to local reports, the company has chosen Catawba County, in the western part of the state. North Carolina's incentives legislation requires that the facility be located in an economically depressed area.
In 2006, Apple purchased a former WorldCom/MCI data center Newark, California. But this new facility is an entirely different proposition, with a price tag that would seem to exceed even that of Google's state-of-the-art data centers. One can only wonder what Apple had in mind.
Impressed with the greenmindedness of Olivier Sanche, Dave "Green Data Center" Ohara believes he is "the absolute right guy for Apple at the right time." But part of him is little wistful. "I am sad in some ways," he says, "as eBay has been quite open to discuss its data center practices." ®
But would you rather have some stylish racks or MS Exchange CALs? ;)
"so...what good is dropping this data centre into an economically deprived area? how many employees will it have or need? most server management can be done remotely anyway."
First, it must be better to have it than not. Second, western North Carolina is going to be cheaper than the Bay Area, New York City, etc.
"they are now one of the least ethical companies around."
Lighten up, Francis. Is "least ethical companies" like "least corrupt Chicago politician"? Woops, here come the Apache helicopters with "HOPE" on the side.
cleaners, guards, local shops, power, local taxes, road infrastructure, receptionists .....
seriously there is a really big list of people working in a data center and the effects it would cause
You dont really think just IT hacks work in datacenters.
you need at least 127 managers for a medium sized datacenter .... wait is that just the NHS ??