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Apple set to expand Reno datacenter with two additional data clusters

The infrastructure that backs Apple's now-massive cloud services — including iTunes and iCloud — continues to grow, as the company has reportedly filed building permit applications that detail its plan to bring two new data clusters online at its Nevada facility.

Apple Reno iCloud site

Apple's Reno iCloud Data Center


The new buildings are believed to represent the first construction of the Reno project's third phase, following the raising of administrative offices on the site earlier this year. The applications were first noted by the Reno Gazette-Journal.

"They just keep plugging along," Washoe County senior planner Trevor Lloyd told the paper. "Apple keeps submitting plans...and it looks like they'll be expanding for a long time."

One portion of the project that has yet to break ground, however, is Apple's proposed office building in downtown Reno. Apple initially agreed to construct the new offices — located in an area targeted for revitalization — as part of an agreement with the City of Reno that would grant Apple some $73 million in tax incentives.

While it is unclear what Apple might use such a facility for, it is likely that at least part of it would house Apple's Braeburn Capital subsidiary. Braeburn, already headquartered elsewhere in Reno, manages Apple's cash hoard.

"Apple hasn't asked for that tax waiver yet...and at the end of the day, it's a business decision on their part," Thomas said. "Nothing in the agreement has changed so the ball remains in Apple's court."