Millions of Websites Offline After Fire at French Cloud Services Firm


PARISA fire at a French cloud services firm has disrupted millions of websites, knocking out government agencies’ portals, banks, shops, news websites, and taking out a chunk of the .FR web space, according to Internet monitors. The fire, which broke out on Wednesday shortly after midnight at OVHcloud, destroyed one of four data centers in Strasbourg, eastern France, and damaged another, the company said. There was no immediate explanation provided for the blaze, which erupted just two days after the French cloud computing firm kicked off plans for an initial public offering. Europe’s largest cloud services provider told clients including the French government, the Center Pompidou, and cryptocurrency exchange Deribit to activate their disaster recovery plans following the blaze. “Firefighters were immediately on the scene but could not control the fire” in the affected data center, founder and chairman Octave Klaba said on Twitter. He said the plan for the …


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