OVHcloud's SBG2 data center in Strasbourg has been destroyed by a fire which also damaged SBG1. No one was hurt in the fire, but all four data centers on the site will be closed today.
The fire broke out just after midnight, on Wednesday morning, and took six hours to bring under control, with more than 100 firefighters at the scene. The five-story, 500 sq m SBG2 data center was destroyed, while SBG1 was seriously damaged. SBG3 and SBG4 were protected by the firefighters. The site is currently off-limits on Wednesday morning, and none of the data centers on the site will restart today, according to OVHcloud founder Octave Klaba.
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No one hurt in the fire
The data center, at the Rue du Bassin de l'Industrie at the Port du Rhin, caught fire at 12:40 am, according to a report by Antoine Bonin of local news site DNA, who reports: "When help arrived, the structure was completely set on fire, with flames bursting out several tens of meters in height."
The fire spread to two other buildings, damaging one other data center on the site. "A part of SBG1 is destroyed," said a tweet from OVHcloud founder and chairman Octave Klaba, who recommended that customers activate disaster plans, as "the whole site has been isolated, which impacts all services in SBG1-4."
The emergency services of Bas-Rhin sent 115 firefighters and 44 machines including six "cannon launchers" and two ladders, according to the DNA report. The facility is virtually on the French border, and other resources were mobilized across the border in Germany, according to a press release from Bas-Rhin. A Franco-German pump boat, Europa 1, carrying a German crew, helped put out the fire, taking water directly from the Rhine.
OVHcloud had three staff on site, all of whom are unharmed.
OVHcloud is Europe's largest cloud provider, with facilities across the region, as well as in APAC and the US.
The fire came just two days after OVHcloud announced it is taking the first steps toward an IPO, floating on the Paris stock market according to Reuters. Details of the process have yet to be determined, but the majority of the company is currently privately owned by the Klaba family.
The current status of OVHcloud's services can be seen here.
#Strasbourg Un bâtiment de stockage de serveurs informatiques @OVHcloud_FR ravagé par un incendie #DNAinfos https://t.co/EuELb9Nux3 pic.twitter.com/MKlXDInhWP— Antoine Bonin (@abonin_DNA) March 10, 2021