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Baton Passes as Data Centre Maintenance Manager Retires

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The head of maintenance at MIGSOLV’s world-class data centre in Norwich is retiring after 8 years and handing responsibility for maintaining the state-of-the-art building to his successor.

Following a long career maintaining factories within the food industry, Phil Riseborough joined MIGSOLV in 2010 as they bought and renovated Aviva’s former data centre. As he now looks forward to a long retirement, Phil passes oversight of the building’s critical functions to his long-term colleague, Lee Mallett.

“It’s been a pleasure being part of MIGSOLV and looking after such an amazing facility”“When I began, the building was just a shell. It was great being part of renovations and then ensuring everything runs like clockwork for our customers. I’m delighted I can retire safe in the knowledge it will all be in such capable hands.”Phil Riseborough, Maintenance Manager at MIGSOLV

MIGSOLV’s Gatehouse data centre is the East of England’s only purpose-built commercial data storage facility. The heavily guarded building stores business’s computer servers and IT equipment, protecting them from threats including theft, extreme weather and power cuts. It can also improve connectivity by providing access to over 250 internet providers and networks.

Since 2010, Phil has lead a team of up to six engineers who maintain the building and its critical systems. These include three enormous generators capable of producing eight days electricity, a ‘free cooling’ system which controls the temperature and humidity around the IT equipment and security measures including iris recognition and infra-red movement sensors.

“On behalf of the whole team, I’d like to thank Phil for his tireless contribution”“He’s been a pivotal part of our team, a pleasure to work with and we all wish him a long and happy retirement. Lee has some big boots to fill but I’m delighted he’s progressing his career as part of our senior management team.”David Manning, Managing Director at MIGSOLV

Phil plans to spend more time with his children and grandchildren, whilst indulging his interest in speedway and an occasional pint of Abbot Ale. Lee Mallett joined MIGSOLV in 2011 as the completed data centre began to house clients’ IT. Progressing from Maintenance Engineer to Facilities Team Leader, he now becomes the new Maintenance Manager. It’s anticipated his extensive experience will help MIGSOLV maintain its important accreditations and achieve its environmental goals.