Por Mathieu Rosemain
PARIS, Mar 10 (Reuters) – A fire destroyed some servers and temporarily put others out of service at OVHcloud on Wednesday, just two days after the French cloud services company began plans to debut on the stock exchange.
Europe’s largest cloud service provider told its clients, including the French government, the Pompidou Center and the cryptocurrency exchange Deribit, to activate their disaster recovery plans after the fire in Strasbourg.
The fire, which broke out shortly after midnight, destroyed one of the four data centers and damaged another, according to the company. The remaining two were closed to contain the damage.
“We do not have access to the hub. Therefore, the SBG1, SBG3 and SBG4 hubs will not restart today,” founder and president Octave Klaba said on Twitter, referring to the units that host the servers.
Founded in 1999, OVHcloud competes with the US giants Amazon Web Services, Microsoft’s Azure and Google Cloud, which dominate the market.
French politicians have championed OVHcloud as a possible alternative to US cloud service providers, but so far it has not had the scale and financial clout to expand its market share.
The company said Monday it had started the process for a possible IPO, without giving details.
Several customers said that their websites had been disconnected or that emails were not accessible. There was no immediate news of any major data loss.
(Information from Matthieu Protard and Mathieu Rosemain; written by Richard Lough; edited in Spanish by Michael Susin and Javier Leira)