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Old 07-06-2009, 04:46 PM
 
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Apple To Charlotte area?

Apple to build data processing plant in Maiden - WBTV 3 News, Weather, Sports, and Traffic for Charlotte, NC-

This is great!
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Old 07-06-2009, 04:47 PM
 
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Apple server farm...yummy!
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Old 07-06-2009, 04:53 PM
 
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MY HOME TOWN! Nice to see something positive...
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Old 07-06-2009, 04:56 PM
 
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MY HOME TOWN! Nice to see something positive...
I hope it happens!!!
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Old 07-06-2009, 05:04 PM
 
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That's great!

What is a data processing plant though? Is it a white-collar type thing or a blue-collar type thing? It surprises me that more companies aren't coming to this area, property and taxes seem pretty cheap and the area is nice enough for people to either relocate or stay to work!
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Old 07-06-2009, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Crown Town
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Google put a similar operation nearby in Lenoir. I'm suprised there hasn't been much talk of that center in conjunction with this announcement. If I recall, when Google came there was talk by leaders in that area to try and recruit other similar operations. Looks like their efforts paid off.
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Old 07-06-2009, 05:50 PM
 
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It's a server farm. If you are not familiar with the term, it's a big warehouse full of servers will a small staff onsite to maintain the equipment. The vast majority of the technical work will be done remotely. Maybe in places as far away as India, Vietnam and South America.

Google had nothing to do with this except maybe as an example of how to work a state government. It was the state giving them millions in tax relief that did it.
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Old 07-06-2009, 06:28 PM
 
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It's a server farm. If you are not familiar with the term, it's a big warehouse full of servers will a small staff onsite to maintain the equipment. The vast majority of the technical work will be done remotely. Maybe in places as far away as India, Vietnam and South America.

Google had nothing to do with this except maybe as an example of how to work a state government. It was the state giving them millions in tax relief that did it.
No, there's no doubt the incentatives helped. But I wouldn't discount Googles first announcement. They were here first, and obviously opened the door for Apple to consider North Carolina. It would be a big coincidence for Apple to locate in the same state, and in the same area. Again, I recall an article that said that area was actively recruiting these data centers (server farms), I'll have to look for it.
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Old 07-06-2009, 06:45 PM
 
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The vast majority of the technical work will be done remotely. Maybe in places as far away as India, Vietnam and South America.
False.
Apple does not base customer support offshore.
As a former Apple engineer I can assure you this is true.

Most support is based in Santa Clara or Sunnyvale, CA.

Perhaps you are thinking of Dell or HP.
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Old 07-06-2009, 07:14 PM
 
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False.
Apple does not base customer support offshore.
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I did use the word "maybe". It's not clear to me their IT operations have not been partially off-shored as system admin jobs don't involve customers. Almost all of their manufacturing has been. In any case, the point remains, the vast majority of work will be done outside of NC.
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