A lucky winner!

As you can see, the first prize has arrived at one of our lucky winners. As a thank you he sent us the following picture.

lucky winner

Have fun with your new MyGiga Android TV Stick!


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To all the winners…

...your prizes are ready for collection.
Congratulations once again! Have fun with your prize.
Contabo packages

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Realtime server status: Contabo-Status.com

Contabo Server Status

We are working continously hard to improve the infrastructure of our data center although it is already very reliable. Furthermore, we have a lot of control mechanisms which are detecting problems even before they might have an effect at all.
However, despite these security mechanisms we can not entirely eliminate the risk of short temporary interferences. A data center with an availability of 100,00 % within a timeframe of several years simply doesn't exist.

Therefore, we have just released our new website http://www.contabo-status.com. On this new website we will inform you about interruptions in our data center in realtime. Following this website would ensure that you will get informed und updated in case there is any kind of general issue which also might have an effect on your server.

Even though you probably won't need this website very soon - hopefully never - we recommend you to bookmark http://www.contabo-status.com right away. In case of doubt you will then be informed about the current status and progress with regard to your server without a delay.


And the winner is…

We received more than 100 poems. It was really hard work to read through every poem. But now our jury finally made its decision and we can proudly present the winners of our poetry slam.

But first of all, it has to be mentioned, that we received poems in German as well in English language.

Three English poems have been ranked among our Top 10.


Rank 3: Winner of a MyGica ATV120 Dual Core Android 4.1 TV Stick incl. XBMC Support

Tracert to heaven!

A bad connection it is why we late,
A single database it is what we hate,
A limited space it is unbearable weight,
But your webhosting, it is freaking great!

A single core it is a broken knife,
A shared resource it is lending your wife,
A limited traffic it is accepting your fate,
But your vps, it is freaking great!

A slow machine it means we have lost,
A stealthy rootkit it is what we hate most,
A faulty raid it is loosin your mate,
But your servers, they are freaking great!

A great sea of offers to sail, to fish,
A thousand night dreams for things that i wish,
A blink of an eye to connect to that port,
But they all will be gone, without your support!

A blink of an eye to send and receive,
A quick flat reply is, in what we believe,
A call in late at night to get a clue,
It is what we all, love about you!
(Andrei, Romania)


Rank 6: Winner of a Gaming Headsets

I was desperate and lost
"All these VPS really cost"
I could not find something cheap
For my wallet was a leap
But when I almost gave up
I decided to fill my cup
"It's impossible" I shouted out
There must be a cheaper cloud!
So please Google, help me now,
Doesn't matter where and how,
I need a reliable solution
For an equal contribution
In a huge comparing list
A name emerged from the mist
The name was kinda strange
But the cost was in my range!
Contabo was the name,
and they play a fair game:
respecting to other they cost less
and their offers are not a mess.
So I decided to give my trust,
Their VPS are like gold dust.
I'm with them since eight weeks
All is running like spring creeks.
So if you want my advice
I would not think twice
If you need something fine
You've just finished to whine
Contabo will answer your question
And you'll be happy with your profession!
(Simone, Italy)


Rank 8: Winner of "Running Linux"

Contabo No.1
I was looking for some hosting
All day long
And luckily hit my browser
To Contabo.com.

Quality is their nick name
Can’t you see?
Always for your site-crew
They will be.

No matter where you live
And what you do
Contabo always has
Some specials for you.

Live your Net life
Secured and fast
Their uplink/downlink
Make it blasts.

Just one more to say
For this last try of rhyme
Contabo is No.1
And one of a kind.
(Haris, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

The winners have been notified and the prize is on the way to the them.

If you are interested in reading the German poems as well, please have a look on our German blog.


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Contabo through the ages! The story so far…

Contabo celebrates its 10th birthday. We would like to take this opportunity to give you a short look back on the history of our hosting company.

Over the last years a lot has changed at Contabo, formerly Giga-International. However, our main concern always has remained the same:

Our corporate goals:
Right from the beginning we were focused on customer satisfaction. Right from the beginning we realized that only satisfied customers are happy customers.
We have remained committed to our goals since our company has been founded. The customer had been king, in the past as well as in the present.

Our products:
Our product range has grown a lot within the last years. 10 years ago, in 2003, we started with just 3 webspace and 2 dedicated server offers. Now, 10 years later, we offer more than 18 different products, and don’t forget all the further configurations that are possible with that.

Our webspace plans have gone through a tremendous change over the last years, but, fortunately, to the benefit of our customers.
The power has doubled and more than doubled over the years, but the price has significantly dropped regarding the price-performance ratio.

In the following, you will find a comparison about our webspace plans and how they have changed over the last years.
(The following graphics are only available in German language because from 2003 to 2006 our products had been offered only to customers based in Germany.)


Webspace in 2003:Webspace in 2003









Webspace in 2007:

Contabo Webspace 2007

Webspace in 2013:

Contabo Webspace in 2013


Our former server portfolio is no longer recognizable.
In the following you find a brief comparison of the "Intel Pentium III" offered in 2003 with our current smallest root server in offering, our "Dedicated Server Duo."

Please note the huge difference in price despite extreme power difference:

Contabo Server 2003

The calculation is quite simple:
Today (2013), we offer
- 6x more memory (RAM),
- 10x more disk space and bandwidth,
- for a 9x cheaper price.


A relevant event in the history of Contabo was the introduction of our three VPS plans in May 2010. Right from the beginning they enjoyed immense popularity and they had been and still being sold like hotcakes. Reason for that might be the special price-performance ratio that we offer  :-).
At the product launch our customers benefit from 2 GB RAM and 100 GB HDD for just 9.99 Euros. Now, several years later, they get 4 GB (guaranteed) RAM and 200 GB HDD for the same price.
But one fact always remained the same:  all VPS are connected with 100 Mbit/s to the Internet and come with unlimited traffic. In addition to that, each VPS is delivered with root rights and it can be chosen out of a wide range of operating systems

As you can see, we strive to continually develop and optimize our products and services and always try to meet the wishes of our customers.


Website Relaunch:
In April 2010, our official website was completely redone and freshly designed. Our customers should benefit and take advantage of an easier handling within the ordering process, appearance and information flow.
Website Design









The most important milestones of Contabo:

Contabo through the ages



Contabo Poetry Slam

A few days ago we started our “10 years Contabo anniversary” setup promotion – but now it’s time for our creative heads.
On the occasion of our anniversary we are going to start the second part of our special events.
True to the motto “Join in and win” you can show your creative side and win at the same time one of our attractive prizes.

Write a poem and win!
All you have to do is writing a poem about Contabo in English. Anything about Contabo that rhymes and has been created by yourself is allowed! Just send your poem to contest@contabo.com within the next 10 days, meaning until the 12th of June 2013, and provide your full name and address in the mail. Take care that there are no mistakes in your address, this could cause a shipping problem with respect to you prize 😉
Then, be a little patient.
Our internal jury will select the Top 10 poems received.
If you are one of the lucky winners you will receive one of the following nice prizes.

The pleasure is all yours - what you can win:

1st prize:  Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Quadricopter controlled by iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, and Android devices
Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 QuadrocopterParrot AR.Drone 2.0 Quadrocopter


AR.Drone 2.0 on-board technology gives you extreme precision control and automatic stabilization features.

- 16Hz 32 bit ARM Cortex A8 processor with 800MHz video DSP TMS320DMC64x
- 16bit DDR2 RAM at 200MHz
- Wi-Fi b/g/n
- 3 axis accelerometer +/- 50mg precision
- 3 axis gyroscope 2000 degree/second precision
- Pressure sensor +/- 10 Pa precision (80cm / 2.6 feet at sea level)
- 60 fps vertical QVGA camera for ground speed measurement
- 3 axis magnetometer 6 degree precision
- Ultrasound sensors for ground altitude measurement
- Linux 2.6.32
- USB 2.0 high speed for extensions
- Outdoor hull designed for flight outside

Value: 290 EURO


2nd prize: Google Nexus 7 (16 GB Tablet)
Google Nexus 7
- 1280x800 HD display (216 ppi)
- Back-lit IPS display
- Scratch-resistant Corning glass
- 1.2MP front-facing camera
- 16 GB internal storage (actual formatted capacity will be less)
- 1 GB RAM
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth
- Quad-core Tegra 3 processor
- Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) what's in the box: ASUS 16GB Google Nexus 7 Inch Tablet, AC Adapter, Micro-USB to USB Cable and 1-Year Limited Warranty.

Value: 199 EURO


3rd – 5th prize: 3x MyGica ATV120 Dual Core Android 4.1 TV Stick incl. XBMC Support

MyGica-ATV120-Dual-Core-Android-41-TV-Stick-incl-XBMC-Support MyGica-ATV120-Dual-Core-Android-41-TV-Stick-incl-XBMC-SupportTurn your TV into a Smart TV! The MyGica ATV120 is an ultra compact Android TV Stick with a fast hardware and full XBMC support for a very small price. With the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean version & a powerful dual core CPU, all applications running absolutely smooth and without annoying lags. Whether you're surfing in the internet, playing games or want to watch movies. No problem with this High-End Android TV Stick.

Powerful hardware
The MyGica NEO ATV120 uses an extremely powerful dual-core Cortex A9 chipset. This provides a smooth user experience. The ATV120 is currently one of the fastest Android Smart TV Stick available. The Mali-400 graphic co-processor provides a huge degree of graphics processing power. This translates into the ability to play the latest 3D games (providing they support mouse control) and play the latest video formats with ease.

- Android 4.1.2 OS (Jelly Bean)
- Full Google Play Store (Android Market) access
- Powerful hardware (Dual Core CPU / 1GB RAM)
- XBMC Support (incl. 1080p Hardware Video Decoding & DTS/AC3)
- Integrated browser with Flash / HTML5 support
- Integrated WIFI 802.11b/g/n
- HDMI / USB 2.0 port
- Videocalls possible (Skype)
- Smartphone remote control available
- Pre-rooted / CEC-Support / OTA-Updates

Value: 65 EURO

You had back luck and didn’t win one Android TV Stick?
Don’t worry, here you go: http://www.myhdplayer.com


6th prize: Professional gaming headset
Gaming Headset
The SteelSeries Siberia v2 Full-size Headset was developed in cooperation with professional gamers to ensure that the soundscape and design would meet the demand of gamers and audiophiles. The improved multifunctional headset was designed with new thicker leather ear-cups for outside sound isolation while remaining lightweight with its trademark headband suspension for premium comfort during long periods of game play. As an upgrade from the original SteelSeries Siberia Headset, the new v2 sports a retractable uni-directional microphone for convenience in switching the headset from gaming on your PC or XBOX to listening to music on your Mp3 player.

- Great Acoustic performance
- Features positional audio
- Features 50mm drivers
- Features deep, rich bass

Value: 74 EURO


7th prize: Contabo VPS XL for a period of 12 monthsContabo VPS XL

- 6 CPU Cores, 3.2 GHz
- 16 GB of RAM (guaranteed!)
- 800 GB of Hard Disk space
- 100 Mbps unmetered Bandwidth

Value: 359,88 EURO


8th prize: Running Linux

Running LinuxOne of the best books on Linux, the UNIX-compatible operating system for personal computers. In the tradition of all O'Reilly books, Running Linux features clear, step-by-step instructions that always seem to provide just the right amount of information: covers everything you need in order to understand, install, and use the Linux operating system, including X Windows, TCP/IP, Perl, Tcl/TK, the gcc C and C++ compilers, and most Internet services such as email, SLIP, and WWW. For intermediate to advanced users.

Value: 41 EURO



9th prize: Linux Network Administrator's Guide

Linux Network Administrator's GuideThe Linux Network Administrator's Guide, Third Edition dispenses all the practical advice you need to join a network. Along with some hardware considerations, this highly acclaimed guide takes an in-depth look at all of the essential networking software that comes with the operating system--including basic infrastructure (TCP/IP, wireless networking, firewalling) and the most popular services on Linux systems. But as the follow-up to a classic, the third edition of the Linux Network Administrator's Guide does more than just spruce up the basics. It also provides the very latest information on the following cutting-edge services: * Wireless hubs * OpenLDAP * FreeS/WAN * IMAP * Spam filtering * OpenSSH * BIND * IPv6 Featuring a litany of insider tips and techniques, the Linux Network Administrator's Guide, Third Edition is an invaluable companion for any network administrator interested in integrating Linux into their Windows environment Authored by Terry Dawson, Tony Bautts, and Gregor N. Purdy, the Linux Network Administrator's Guide, Third Edition emerged from the Linux Documentation Project (LDP). The LDP's goal is to centralize all of the issues of Linux documentation, ranging from online documentation topics such as installing, using, and running Linux.

Value: 29 EURO


10th prize: Contabo Webspace XXL

Contabo Webspace XXLFeatures:
- Disk space: 60.00 GB
- Traffic: 5000 GB
- 3 x com-Domain
- PHP support (version 5.3.10 or higher)
- MySQL support (version 5.1.62 or higher)
- MySQL databases: unlimited
- FTP access
- Control interface: English, Spanish and many other languages
- CGI support
- FTP accounts: unlimited
- Backup function

Value: 119,88 EURO


We are already looking forward to many many submissions of your poems.
Please keep in mind: Your poem does not have to follow a certain rhyming scheme – just be creative.
And don’t forget to send it during the next days, thus until the 12th of June, to contest@contabo.com at the latest in order to be considered for our great prizes!

Good luck and have fun 🙂


Terms and conditions:
By sending mail with the poem, you agree on our right to publish your poem on our social media platforms.
Moreover, you guarantee that you created the poem completely by yourself and, thus, no copyrights have been violated or will be violated by publishing this poem on our websites.
No part of a prize is exchangeable for cash or any other prize.
In the event of any dispute regarding the rules, the conduct or results of the competition, or any other matter relating to a competition, the decision of Contabo shall be final.