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23 Mar 20211 minute read

Data centre fire knocks out millions of websites

ECAtoday
Data centre fire knocks out millions of websites

A fire at a data centre in France disrupted millions of websites, including government portals, banking, shopping, and news websites.

The fire destroyed one of four data centres comprising a cloud services firm in Strasbourg, France.

Founded in 1999, OVHcloud is a competitor to U.S. giants Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Corp’s Azure and Alphabet Inc’s Google Cloud. “OVH is a pretty important hosting company on the internet,” said Mike Prettejohn, who directs UK-based network security company Netcraft, speaking to Reuters. He said the affected servers hosted 3.6 million websites, including niche government platforms in France, Britain, Poland and the Ivory Coast.

The incident highlights the importance of fire stopping measures in data centres. The FSA (Fire & Security Association) provides national representation and the highest level of expertise for those who design, install, commission, maintain and monitor fire, emergency and security systems.

To learn more about the FSA and guidance on fire stopping, click here