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Apple Is Building A Data
Center In This Country

Fortune, by Jonathan Vanian

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Posted By:earlybird, 7/15/2017 4:16:09 PM

Apple plans to build its first data center in China. The consumer technology giant, in partnership with a Chinese data management company, is opening the new data center in China to comply with a new Chinese law that requires foreign companies doing business in China to store user data in that country, according to The New York Times. Apple (AAPL, +0.86%) told The New York Times in a statement that the data center would let the company “improve the speed and reliability of our products and services while also complying with newly passed regulations." The company emphasized that there would be no

I don’t like the sound of this. What do our resident techies think?


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Hotrod, 7/15/2017 4:23:57 PM     (No. 11320184)

I´ve never cared for Apple because of their liberal leanings. I don´t know what the China connection will mean, but I will stick with my Android!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Island Life, 7/15/2017 4:50:53 PM     (No. 11320208)

Two things come to mind to this non-techy:
1. Does this mean that besides India, will China have access to all my financial data?
2. How does this work for the tax penalties Mr. President?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: dman, 7/15/2017 4:55:33 PM     (No. 11320213)

Rush likes to gush about Apple´s "superior" security. I wonder what he thinks of this. Caving to Chinese regulations and giving their operatives closer physical access cannot improve security. Foxes and hen houses, etc.

All the security measures of which I am aware can be compromised when malicious personnel gain physical access. Just ask the Iranians about Stuxnet.

This would marginalize a January announcement by Apple supplier Foxconn to move iPhone manufacturing to the US. And Foxconn is Taiwanese, rather than based on the Chinese mainland. Big difference.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: earlybird, 7/15/2017 5:25:25 PM     (No. 11320246)

Amazon, IBM and Microsoft have similar data centers in China. Re the Android, it has a strong connection with Microsoft.

Things are changing. Motorola has challenged Microsoft in court and won on 16 out of 17 patents, and the Chinese government has helpfully fuelled the fire by publishing details of 310 patents that Microsoft uses in its Android licensing agreements so that everybody can see exactly what Microsoft says it owns. The consensus appears to be that Microsoft is pushing it, and that many of the claims wouldn’t be upheld if somebody took Microsoft to court over them.


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Reply 5 - Posted by: bkt23, 7/15/2017 6:15:13 PM     (No. 11320266)

A data center is just a dedicated building or rooms in a building used to house computer servers. It has redundant power, heating, cooling and humidity controls, fire suppression, and network connections, both internal and external.

Data stored in a data center can be anything. It can be super-secret corporate information, sensitive consumer information, or aunt Lulu-Belle´s recipe for Key Lime pie. At worst, if the Chinese government insisted on viewing the nature of the data stored there, Apple could keep only legitimate information germane to their manufacturing operations in China and nothing else about their company or about consumers.

As a hard-core geek techie, in my opinion this does not imply an imminent security threat.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: hoosierblue, 7/16/2017 7:25:06 PM     (No. 11320945)

I wonder how much U.S. government data will be stored on it.

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