Pipex is expanding on a daily basis, and we have recently opened a new data centre in Manchester to complement our current presence in Leeds.

Our Manchester data centre, also known as ServerBank, provides state-of-the-art security with servers housed in a former Bank of England gold bullion vault. The data centre building is manned 24/7/365 and is monitored with over 70 CCTV cameras from a central security bridge.

But how secure is ‘secure’? Well, access is gained via two interlocking gates; the inner gate cannot be opened unless the outer gate is closed. In between the two gates is a 12-ton (bomb-proof) vault door, which can be closed air tight in the event of a fire to enable the gas suppression system an optimum working environment. The inner vault is surrounded by 7ft thick granite- and steel-loaded concrete walls, which in turn are surrounded by a 2ft bomb blast corridor and further 7ft thick granite- and steel-loaded concrete walls. The vault is below street level and sealed against flooding.

All this is accompanied by state-of-the-art fire prevention, climate control, power management, flooring and data centre LAN, making the ServerBank a formidable location to house our servers.

Our Leeds data centre is ever-growing, and to keep up with the expansion we are developing a brand new data centre right next door to the current building. Offering state-of-the-art data centre architecture and support, we are guaranteeing a strong and stable hosting platform for many years to come.

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  • Stephen Robinson

    But the main threat to security, surely, is spam? Currently causing one of your mail servers to melt!! All the concrete walls in the world won’t stop that.

    October 9, 2007 at 8:44 pm
  • Matt


    Thanks for the reply. I agree that spam is one of the biggest threats to our servers which is why we are currently in the process of a major upgrade to the 123-reg email anti-spam system.

    We currently block over 1 million emails per day with out any effect on our customer’s email performance, and these changes will make our anti-spam even more robust



    October 15, 2007 at 10:51 am