Major European web hosting provider taken offline following fire

A major fire has destroyed a data center of web hosting provider OVH in Strasbourg, France, while severely crippling another, putting many services offline.

News of the catastrophic incident was confirmed by OVH CEO Octave Klaba on Twitter, with a statement on the company’s website adding: “We are currently facing a major incident in our Strasbourg DataCenter with a declared fire in the SBG2 building. The firefighters immediately intervened but were unable to bring the SBG2 fire under control. The entire site has been isolated, impacting all our services on SBG1, SBG2, SBG3 and SBG4.”

OVH is the largest hosting provider in Europe and the third in the world, and has four data centers in its French site, namely SBG1, SBG2, SBG3 and SBG4.

Service interruptions

According to reports, the incident caused disruptions to several major online services, including encryption utility VeraCrypt, media outlet eeNews Europe, cryptocurrency exchange Deribit and several others.

In an update, Klaba shared that while one of the data centers was completely destroyed, firefighters managed to contain damage to another.

Fortunately, all staff were found and unharmed, and everyone on site is working to ensure the fire does not spread to the third data center. The fourth is completely unscathed, but appears to have been taken offline to avoid damage.

Meanwhile, Klaba urged users to activate their disaster recovery plans to minimize the impact of disruption caused by its data centers going offline.

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James S. Joseph