Apple will set-up its first data center at Ulanqab City in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, north China.
The data center will begin its operations by 2020. Its offerings include various iCloud services, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. Apple hopes to run its data center on 100% renewable energy, similar to its other data centers.
The company’s first build in China was completed last year in the southern province of Guizhou. It was established in partnership with Guizhou-Cloud Big Data, a cloud system platform. The establishment complies with the country’s new cybersecurity laws.
A report on MacRumors reads “Apple was the first foreign tech firm to announce amendments to its data storage arrangements in China to comply with a new cybersecurity law that was implemented in June, requiring foreign firms to store data within the country,” observed Reuters.
There are concerns specific to its privacy and security challenges. However, “No backdoors will be created into any of our systems,” Apple stated firmly.