Gallery: Saving your data from nuke attack

Gallery: Saving your data from nuke attack

Summary: Barbed wire, fences, guards, and guard dogs are just the first level of security for an English datacenter that claims to be safe from nuclear, chemical and biological attack.

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  • Barbed wire, fences, guards, and guard dogs are just the first level of security for an English datacenter that supposedly is safe from nuclear, chemical and biological attack.

    "The Bunker" is touted as one of the most secure datacenters in the UK, in terms of both physical and information security.

    Built in a nuclear bunker decommissioned by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in the 1990s, the site in Kent can purportedly survive even the most lethal weapons of mass destruction. As well as being underground, the bunker is encased in walls three meters thick, enough to absorb any explosion. The 18-acre site is surrounded by fencing three meters high, topped by a sprawl of barbed wire. Drivers must park outside the property and pass through this barrier. The security point at the barrier, fronted by bullet-proof glass, is manned on every day of the year by ex-police and ex-MoD guards.

    Photos are courtesy of Richard Thurston ZDNet.co.uk.

  • If an intruder managed to bypass the guards, they would also have to deal with MoD-trained dogs.

Topics: Data Centers, Hardware, Security, Storage

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  • it seems a bit strange that the generators are above ground

    So if the place is bombed to heck, the grid is down and the exposed generators are destroyed, the datacentre is safe underground but without power?
    james.faction
    • Ths generators are an afterthought ...

      The original underground ones would have been sold when the bunker was sold.
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
    • Down Time in Nucear War

      Yes if you are in this datacenter, you will exerience some downtime in the event of Nuclear War.

      You may be dead, but at least your information will still be available when squid evolve to the point of creating power again.

      They should be able to access your data faster too, with 8 hands and all!
      brittonv
    • the idea being to have the data ready....

      ...for when power is restored to the world outside.

      The bunker is probably overkill for the realistic range of threats, but like Iron Mountain here in the States, the idea is that the data will still EXIST regardless of what happens outside the bunker.

      A savvy consumer could do worse than make regular backups of his or her hard drive to a multi terabyte external hard drive, then store the external drive in a stout metal case.
      loupgarous
  • RE: (Gallery: Saving your data from nuke attack)

    It is a well known fact that the dogs has a higher QI than the emploied people on the site...
    Bo The anglophile....
    mansebo
  • RE: (Gallery: Saving your data from nuke attack)

    If it ever gets to the point where nukes are popping off, you're going to have a lot more to worry about than 'is my data secure?'
    Borg_Tribble
  • generators

    It does seem very odd that the generators are above ground considering they say this place can survive any type of attack. Those would be the first to go.... odd !
    redtrain65
  • RE: (Gallery: Saving your data from nuke attack)

    What damn difference does it make that the data is secure if the rest of us aren't around to access it. Either because we are dead, or the lines are down, or the wifi can't cut thru the fallout.

    I need the guy who "sold" this working for me!!
    toxic psychotic avenger
    • Nobody seriously thinks the next great..

      conflict will be total nuclear conflict. This idea is for the uncertanty of nuclear terrorism.

      People seem to forget the great damage that was done to the worlds business when just two plains destroyed a hugh amount of data that was not stored off site.

      Those businesses learned their lesson. Nothing short of full scale nuclear war will make their data non-redundant now.
      JCitizen