Apple to invest $1 billion in Vietnam data center

Apple plans to invest up to US$1 billion (RM4.1 billion) to build an Asia-focused database center in Vietnam, according to Vietnam News Agency (VNA), citing local media.

The new facility, still in the planning stages, is slated to operate as a research & development center, the article adds. This will be the first project Apple has ever initiated in Vietnam.

This is all part of Apple’s global expansion in data centers and solar farms. In January Apple filed a permit with Washoe County to build a new cluster of facilities adjacent to its original “Project Mills” site in Reno, Nevada, that’s dubbed “Project Huckleberry.” It involves the construction of a new data center. Initial construction for the project will involve a new full shell, several data center clusters as well as a support building.

Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology conference in February 2015, CEO Tim Cook announced plans for a huge $850 million, 1,300 acre solar farm to be constructed in Monterey County, California south of the company's corporate headquarters in Cupertino.

Apple also has a huge solar farm in Maiden, NC near its data center there, uses hydroelectric and wind energy for facilities in Oregon, and powers the Reno, NV facility with geothermal and solar energy. The company is building a solar farm in Arizona, where it will soon convert a former GT Advanced sapphire plant into a global command data center.

Also in February 2015, Apple announced that it plans to build its first two data centers in Europe to host iCloud, iTunes and other online services. Located in Ireland and Denmark, these facilities will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. Plus, the company is building a new data center in Curacao,  an island in the southern Caribbean Sea.