"This significant new investment represents Apple’s biggest project in Europe to date," Apple CEO Tim Cook announced. "We’re thrilled to be expanding our operations, creating hundreds of local jobs and introducing some of our most advanced green building designs yet."
The company announced that the two data centers will commence operations in 2017.
The trend toward building data centers in Europe has been growing among American companies following privacy concerns revealed by Edward Snowden. Meanwhile, Microsoft has been fighting US court judgments which order it to hand overseas data to American law enforcement.