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Gallery: Saving your data from nuke attack

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