Daisy spends £1m on bomb proof data centre in Manchester

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Unified communications provider opens new facility within a former Bank of England bullion vault

Daisy Group has opened a 12 tonne bomb proof data centre in central Manchester on the back of a £1 million investment into the subterranean facility.

The data centre is situated within a former Bank of England bullion vault and is 25 feet below ground. Other security features include two metre thick granite walls, 60 centimetre bomb blast door surrounding the data storage area and 70 CCTV cameras.

It has an uninterrupted power supply and three standby diesel generators, which would be triggered in the event of a power failure. It uses six air conditioning units to ensure the temperature is kept at an optimum level.

The facility, built in 1999, houses data for UK organisations including Manchester Airports Group, Racing Post and Trinity Mirror.

It is Daisy Group’s fourth data centre in the UK, with the others located in London Docklands, Southampton and Jersey.

Daisy Group corporate sales director Will Kennedy said: “We’ve been hosting data for more than 12 years and have seen the market and the demand for secure storage increase dramatically in that time.

“The new facilities and space that we have created in our Manchester data centre mean that we’re able to open up our world-class hosting solutions to any kind of business, large or small, that require secure and instant access to their data and applications.”

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