Off-Prem

OVH data centre destroyed by fire in Strasbourg – all services unavailable

SBG2 just gone. SBG1 damaged. SBG3 at risk. SBG4 safe. Customers told to activate DR plans


Updated One of cloud provider OVH’s data centres is on fire and services are severely disrupted.

An incident report posted at 2342 UTC on March 9, and updated at 0353 on the 10th, states:

We are currently facing a major incident in our Strasbourg datacentre, with a fire declared in the SBG2 building.

Firefighters intervened immediately on the spot but were unable to control the SBG2 fire.

As a precautionary measure, the electricity was cut off on the whole site, which impacts all our services at SBG1, SBG2, SBG3 and SBG4.

If your production is in Strasbourg, we recommend that you activate your Business Recovery Plan.

All our teams are mobilized alongside the firefighters.

We will keep you posted on this as soon as we have more information.

OVH’s status page offers the same information. Below is how the SBG2 data center looked, and further below, we have a link to video footage of how it looks now...

The SBG2 data centre in better days

OVH founder and chair Octave Klaba spoke of the fire on Twitter.

The blaze will mean disruption for many customers, and almost certainly lead to an investigation as data centres are built to suppress fire.

Rival cloud Equinix was classy in its response.

This is a developing story and The Register will share more information as it comes to hand. ®

Updated to add

All the latest updates are here.

Send us news
264 Comments

After eleven-year wait, Atlassian customers promised custom domains in 2023

Some got so cranky waiting they made a t-shirt celebrating the 'CLOUD-6999' Jira ticket

Economic uncertainty can't stop cloud growth

You may have had your fill of chips – but AWS, GCP, and Azure are still hungry, analyst tells El Reg

Clouds lift Lenovo ISG to third consecutive profit

Sees sunlit uplands ahead with plans for factory and ITaaS expansions

Digital Ocean customers back away from blockchains

Junior cloud growing nicely, but calls out customers' easing ardor for distributed ledgers

Tiers before bedtime: AWS updates Lambda pricing structure

'Time to update your spreadsheets,' expert says of 'inscrutable' changes

Infrastructure services giants still weighed down by clouds

Kyndryl and DXC Technology report declining revenues and worsening bottom line

Microsoft widens enterprise access to its threat intelligence pool

Organizations can be more proactive in tracking threats, finding holes in their protection

AWS still growing amid talk of global economic woes

No stopping the cloud computing division but losses mount on retail side as consumers catch a cold

World spending more on cloud infrastructure than ever before

No wonder AWS isn't being shy spending capex on buildouts

Microsoft extends life of cloud servers from four to six years

Banks billions by making gear last even longer than AWS or Google

David Holz, founder of AI art generator Midjourney, on the future of imaging

Optimizing for beauty while trying to suppress sensationalism

Google: We had to shut down a datacenter to save it during London’s heatwave

Can't say what caused cooling failure, admits to re-routing traffic away from working resources