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A fire has broken out at the French hosting company OVHcloud. Of the four data centres that the company has in Strasbourg, one burned down completely, one was heavily damaged, and two remained intact.

Octave Klaba, the founder of OVHcloud, shares details about the fire on Twitter. There he says that SBG2 has completely burned down. At SBG1, there is considerable damage, and SBG3 and SBG4 seem to be OK. All employees are fine. The data centres will remain offline for at least Wednesday, including the parts that have not been affected. What caused the fire is not known.

Over a hundred firefighters on the scene

The French website DNA reports that the building in question has five floors and a floor area of 500 square metres. The website has shared photos of the burnt building. More than 100 firefighters were on hand to extinguish the blaze. Fire engines also came from Germany to support the firefighting effort.

Disaster Recovery Plan

It is not clear how OVHcloud had organised its back-ups. The company has dozens of other data centres worldwide, many of which are located at other locations in France. Klaba recommends that its customers deploy their Disaster Recovery Plans.


OVHcloud is a French hosting provider, the largest in Europe. It offers other parties the possibility to run their websites and other services on their servers. Earlier this year, the company joined a pact to become climate neutral by 2030. It is also part of GAIA-X. This is a public cloud project that must provide standards and interoperability for European cloud initiatives.