Apple's Danish data center is not progressing


One of Apple's big European initiatives is building new iCloud data centers. Four years ago, major investments of 1.7 billion euros were announced to build Data Centers in Athenry, Ireland and Viborg, Denmark. The first green island project failed last year, however, with an accident due to protests from local residents. But even from Central Jutland the data of Apple Music & Co. are not yet delivered: as the local press writes, currently it is not doing anything at the construction site.

According to the newspaper Viborg Stifts Folkeblad The general contractor should not have respected the completion dates several times, one in September and the second in April. Presumably, several hundred construction workers and their tools have been sent home. According to one photographer, the site now shows "no life". There were between 300 and 500 Danes and foreign nationals employed there. They didn't know when to get back to work, he said. Apple should enter into new contracts if the general contractor does not continue to work. This could further delay construction.

There is no confirmation of the problems on the site neither by the construction companies involved nor by Apple itself: in addition to the iCloud offers, the data center will also host iTunes and the App Store and services such as iMessage, Apple Maps and Siri voice control – for l & # 39; whole Europe, Apple is already using data centers locally in Europe, but uses vendors like Amazon (AWS) or Microsoft (Azure). CEO Tim Cook had announced that the data centers would be powered entirely from renewable energy, including district heating. This should have made the project more expensive in Viborg, writes the local press.

"This significant new investment represents Apple's biggest project in Europe to date," Apple Cook CEO said in February 2015. He said his company will create "hundreds of regional jobs and introduce the most" advanced concepts of green building ". In Denmark, in addition to the Viborg headquarters, a second computer center will be built near the German border.


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