OVH Data Center in France Destroyed by Fire, All Staff Safe

March 10, 2021
Hosting company OVH says its staff are safe after a fire destroyed one data center and damaged another at the company’s campus in Strasbourg, France.

Hosting company OVH says its staff are safe after a fire destroyed one data center and damaged another at the company’s campus in Strasbourg, France. All four data centers at the campus are offline this morning, but the company is working to restore some services once power can be restored to the site.

“We have a major incident on SBG2,” OVH CEO Octave Klaba tweeted Tuesday evening. “Firefighters were immediately on the scene but could not control the fire in SBG2. The whole site has been isolated which impacts all services in SGB1-4. We recommend to activate your Disaster Recovery Plan.”

Klaba later reported that “everyone is safe” and that the fire had destroyed the SBG2 structure and part of the adjacent SBG1 bulding.

Photos posted on social media show the entire SBG2 building engulfed in flame.

In a later update, Klaba said OVH hopes to resume operations at the SBG1 and SBG4 data centers by March 15, with the SBG3 facility targeted to come back online on March 19. OVH builds its own servers, and says it has inventory in its Roubaix facilities and plans to deploy 10,000 servers in the next 3 to 4 weeks to replace the gear lost in the fire.

OVH serves 1.6 million customers and operates more than 400,000 servers in 32 data centers.

We will continue monitoring news about this incident and update when additional details are available.

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Rich Miller

I write about the places where the Internet lives, telling the story of data centers and the people who build them. I founded Data Center Knowledge, the data center industry's leading news site. Now I'm exploring the future of cloud computing at Data Center Frontier.

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