This Wednesday morning, more than 14,000 reports of Internet users were recorded on the DownDetector site, about broken web sites. These incidents are believed to be due to a major network problem at the French host OVHcloud, the European leader in the server hosting market.

From 9:20 am, among the inaccessible websites we found: Paris Match, Moustique, La Libre Afrique, Gourmandiz, IPM Group, WhiteFox, Cinebel, the player DH Radio or even AdPoint. It could read the message “504 Gateway Time-out. Site and mail out”.

On its official Twitter account, OVHcloud Support specified that its team was “on the bridge to respond to your requests”, just a few minutes before the outage. Of course, the post was immediately inundated with responses … Note that the maintenance of a router was scheduled for October 13 between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., but that the support service had tweeted in anticipation about this operation that it there would be “no expected impact”, as the “devices will be isolated before the change”.

The founder and president of OVHCloud Octave Klaba in a tweet attributed the failure to “human error”, and indicated that it concerned the “backbone”, ie the telecommunications network that connects all the infrastructures of OVHCloud.

Two days before listing

This outage comes only two days before the planned IPO of OVHcloud. Formalized last September, this operation scheduled for October 15 had obtained the approval of its registration documents with the Financial Markets Authority (AMF).

The sum of 4 billion euros had been mentioned, but the objectives revised downwards. The share price should thus be between 18.5 and 20 euros, which would value the company between 3.5 and 3.75 billion euros. If the operation actually takes place, of course.

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