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UK ISP Bogons Buys Nuclear Bunker in Scotland to Run as Data Storage Facility

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UK ISP Bogons has purchased a Cold War nuclear bunker near Comrie, Scotland, to develop a data storage and connectivity facility. Bogons paid £150,000 (around $253,000 US) for the site at Cultybraggan in Scotland’s southern highlands.

The facility was completed in 1990 to house Scottish Office staff in the event of nuclear war, and is shielded against solar flares.  Because solar flares can damage hardware, it has since been marketed as a data storage location.

Bogons provides “internet service for the clueful,” as opposed to “newbies,” and other services including colocation server hosting, domain hosting and registration. The company will use its new facility for data storage, as well as related hosting services.

“As well as an ideal location for long-term data and media storage projects we’ve been working on for a while, we’re also hoping that we can work with local businesses and communities to provide them with tailored internet hosting and connectivity service to meet their needs,” Brandon Butterworth, owner of Bogons told the BBC.

A previous bid for the bunker by GCI Coms Group fell through in 2012, according to the BBC.

There are a number of hydro-electric power stations in the Comrie area, as well as the Highland Boundary Fault, which causes earthquakes in relatively high numbers and intensity for the UK. The stability of the structure must be reassuring to Bogons, though the main motivation may be the price.

The facility was originally built for £30 million, and it and the surrounding 90 acres were purchased in 2007 for over twice what Bogons payed.

Butterworth is also Chief Scientist for the BBC, and was named one of the 50 most influential Britons in tech by the Telegraph in 2009.

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