OVH is a French web hosting and telecommunications provider which offers dedicated servers, shared hosting, domain registration, VPS and Cloud Computing services, having its own fiber optic network, which makes it one of the largest server installations in the world. Given its scope, OVH serves thousands of websites across Europe.
There are not 2 without 3
Last 2017, OVH had a generalized failure that affected practically all of Europe, particularly affecting the Western part – the left part of the map, where Spain is included. The official explanation pointed to a power outage in the main room where the routing process is managed. Without energy there is no process, and therefore the connections do not go.
At this point, and taking into account the huge network that OVH covers, it is clear that they should have auxiliary energy services. Well neither, because the two gensets intended for this had also failed and were not working, and the servers located in the city of Strasbourg were without power.
We jump to the beginning of this year, because just in March 2021 OVH again made the news for a fire that affected two of its data centers – located in France – and also caused drops in services on websites and online multiplayer video games. But since there are no 2 without 3, just 7 months later we talk again about OVH, which has again caused a global decline.
OVH services drop, what happened?
The services of the French co-location company were interrupted as of 9:20 am, Spanish time. The company had previously discussed a “planned maintenance on our routers “ at its Vint Hill, Washington DC data center to “improve routing“. The CEO, Octave Klaba, confirmed via Twitter then: “Following human error during network reconfiguration in our DC to VH (US-EST), tWe have a problem on the whole backbone. We are going to isolate the DC VH and then fix the conf ”.
Apparently in the last few days “the intensity of DDoS attacks has increased significantly. We have decided to increase our DDoS processing capacity by adding new infrastructures in our DC VH (US-EST) ”. And it was a bad router configuration that “It has caused the network failure. The router with the wrong D2 configuration has been cut. “.
Getting back to normal
According to its outage report, the arrangement involved “isolation of network equipment in the US. ”. At 18:00 pm OVH.com systems continue to gradually return to normal, although we continue to see quite a few indicators in red that indicate that there are still problems. We do not know exactly the number of pages affected, but we do know that this number is in the thousands.