French cloud computing firm OVHCloud experiences network outage


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French cloud computing services provider OVHcloud said on Wednesday it was experiencing a network outage following a “human error” during the reconfiguration of one of its data centres.

The incident occurred just a day before the pricing of OVHcloud’s initial public offering (IPO) in which it seeks to raise 350 million euros ($404 million).

Founder and chairman Octave Klaba said on Twitter that the network reconfiguration was aimed at adding capacity to stem a hike in so-called Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) cyberattacks.

“A wrong configuration of the router caused the network to fail,” Klaba said on his Twitter account.

In March, a fire at the company disrupted millions of websites, knocking out government agencies’ portals, banks, shops, news websites and taking out a chunk of the .FR web space.

OVHcloud said the fire destroyed one of its four data centres in Strasbourg, in eastern France, and damaged another.