Bad timing for OVHCloud … A few days before its IPO, the French host and service provider experienced a failure making thousands of websites inaccessible. The incident also affected Swiss customers, according to the Downdetector service, which recorded a peak in reports between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 13.
In a press release, OVHCloud explains that the incident was caused by interventions on a router in its data center in Vint Hill, in the United States, causing disruptions on its entire network. Several media report that, in a tweet deleted since, the president and founder of OVHCloud, Octave Klaba, specified that a human error was involved, in this case a bad copy and paste erroneously shifting a piece of text. on the next line.
The host’s new setback is not comparable to the one it experienced last March, when millions of websites were affected by the fire that devastated one of its data centers.
Particularly intense DDoS attacks
The interventions at the origin of the new outage aimed to strengthen the protection of OVHCloud against DDoS attacks, “particularly intense in recent weeks,” said the supplier in its press release. An observation which corroborates in particular that of Microsoft. Azure teams have indicated that they have detected 25% more DDoS attacks in the first half of 2021, compared to the last quarter of 2020. Including the most intense assault on Microsoft’s cloud on record, correspondent at 2.4 terabits per second (Tbs). The previous record stood at 1.6 Tbs.