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Discount: Parallels Plesk cheaper!

As of today, Giga-International reduces the price for the PARALLELS-Plesk administration panel. New prices apply for Linux- and Windows software likewise:

Plesk for Dedicated Servers:

  • Plesk 10 Domains: 9,99 EUR / month
  • Plesk 100 Domains: 19,99 EUR / month
  • Plesk Unlimited Domains: 29,99 EUR / Monat

Plesk for VServers:

  • Plesk Unlimited Domains: 9,99 EUR / month

In particular you will enjoy these new conditions by renting a virtual server. So far we charged for the 'unlimited' domains license the same amount as we did for dedicated servers, 39.99 EUR so to speak. The new price is only 25% of that amount.


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Ab heute senkt Giga-Hosting.biz den Preis für das Administrations-Panel Parallels Plesk. Die neuen Preise gelten sowohl für die Linux- als auch für die Windows-Variante der Software:

Plesk für Dedicated Server:

  • Plesk 10 Domains: 9,99 EUR / Monat
  • Plesk 100 Domains: 19,99 EUR / Monat
  • Plesk Unlimited Domains: 29,99 EUR / Monat

Plesk für VServer:

  • Plesk Unlimited Domains: 9,99 EUR / Monat

Insbesondere bei Bestellung eines VServers profitieren Sie von den neuen Konditionen: Hier kostete die Lizenz für unlimitiert viele Domains bislang das gleiche wie für Dedicated Server, also 39,99 EUR / Monat. Der neue Preis beträgt nur noch 1/4 davon!


A customer’s gift for Giga-International

One of our customers has created a gift for us. He created a really nice website including a flash movie about us:


He presented it to us with the words "And I'm Proud To Be One Of Giga-International Customers".

You can imagine how happy we are having received this amazing animation. Thank you so much!!

This gift is definetly an appeal for us to keep up our efforts in order to provide really good services and products to all of our customers.


Our third 10Gbit/s upstream (Level 3) is online

Just a short confirmation: In December 2011 we said that we are going to expand our upstreams with an additional, high-quality carrier: Level 3.

This has been completed in March 2012. Thus, since the 1st of April we've been online with 3 x 10 Gbit/s including Level 3, Telia Sonera International Carrier and M-Net.

All of our customers get the best routes available within the networks of those three carriers automatically.

Indeed: All the servers of our customers have a really nice routing worldwide 🙂


V-Servers now equipped with more power!

While super models are presently strolling down the catwalks in TV-shows true beauties can still be discovered at our company.

Giga-International.com had not been afraid of any expenses and efforts to present their top notch virtual servers „L“ and „XL“ even more attractive on the virtual catwalk, starting today. So we have silently boosted the hardware of our hostsystems during the past couple of weeks to present you here and now with an upgrade which does all honour to haute couture in Milan and Paris.

Giga-International presents: The GIGA virtual servers in a new outfit!

    • V-Server M
    • CPU: One core, single priority
    • RAM: 2 GB guaranteed
    • HDD: 100 GB
    • Uplink: 100 Mbit/s
    • Unlimited Traffic
    • Only 9,99 EUR / month
    • Minimum contract period 1 month
    • V-Server L
    • CPU: Two cores, double priority
    • RAM: 6 GB guaranteed
    • HDD: 300 GB
    • Uplink: 100 Mbit/s
    • Unlimited Traffic
    • Only 19,99 EUR / month
    • Minimum contract period 1 month
    • V-Server XL
    • CPU: Four cores, quadruple priority
    • RAM: 12 GB guaranteed
    • HDD: 600 GB
    • Uplink: 100 Mbit/s
    • Unlimited Traffic
    • Only 39,99 EUR / month
    • Minimum contract period 1 month

New GIGA rootserver: Why Intel beats AMD

We had announced it already during the past days. Giga-International will be offering a new server model shortly. Being the new highend model this new server will enter a frontline position of Giga Hostings server fleet, so to speak.
In this case, the decisive factor for choosing the hardware of our new 'flagship' was our main goal to concentrate the best possible performance in one machine. Strength, energy, power. Nothing but these attributes had to be realized.
Having the choice of two servers, branded David and Goliath, we wanted to offer the huge, strong Goliath. Poor little David may go playing with his slingshot somewhere else. Regardless to the costs, we were determined to offer a true 'power pack' which copes with any applications for a long long time.

Naturally enough, the essential role in the efficiency of a server plays its "heart", the processor.
Quite often, in that area, you're cought between a rock and a hard place. AMD or Intel. Who offers the better processor at a more attractive price/performance ratio?

Vital support in answering this question was provided from professionals whose opinion we always relied upon: Our customers
We had placed a questionaire right here in this Blog and had introduced both - in our opinion - most efficient and pricewise pretty similar models of Intel and AMD for making a pick and asked our customers and prospects for their vote.
From the very beginning one could tell that the Intel processor (Intel Core i7 3930X with six cores at 3,20 GHz each and HT) would pass the AMD-Processor (AMD Opteron 6272 with 16 cores at 2,1 GHz each). In the end, the Intel processor won the race with a 55% acceptance. Not a giant advance, however to us, a first hint.

At a second level it took us to build both systems (in otherwise same configuration) and to test the true measurable power of both processors, supported by benchmarks. The result of the benchmarks: Fair, undisputable - and a crystal clear pin pointing again to Intel. Each test conducted under the latest CentOS version supported the opinion of our customers who had decided for the Intel processor already in advance.
In Unixbench, for instance, the Intel Core i7 3930K achieved values three times better than the AMD processor, in single-core-operation. These who had thought that the Opteron 6272 with it's remarkable 16 cores will outrule the Intel Core i7 3930K when it comes to multicore operation were unfortunately proven wrong. Even in that category the Intel processor produced twice as good results. Even the variety with and without 'filycopy' in both scenarios did not change the clear decision pro Intel.

After all a pretty explicit score. The majority of our questonaire participants voted for the Intel processor and the benchmarks conducted by us make the AMD processor look "knocked out" in comparison.

This is a pity for our marketing department though. It would have been sheer pleasure to promote a 16-Core dedicated server, whose mainboard had even posessed an integrated KVM-over-IP function, and it would have definitely gained publicity. But in that case, we are much more focussed on true, measurable, pure performace and customer satisfaction in regards to our new top model.

In terms of marketing, this Intel Core i7 3930K with it's 6 Cores may not shine as bright as his AMD twin, but provides exactly what our customers and we have wished for: Power, energy, strength, and more processing capabilities as any other server had before. All these attributes are from now on combined and related to one single key only in the name of our new server Goliath:

Dedicated Server X

Watch out, it is coming your way.

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Wir haben es bereits in den letzten Tagen angekündigt: Giga-Hosting wird in Kürze ein neues Servermodell anbieten. Der neue Server wird sich als neues Highend-Modell sozusagen an die Spitze der GIGA-Nahrungskette setzen.
Ausschlaggebend für die Wahl der Hardware unseres neuen Flaggschiffs war dabei allein das Ziel, die bestmögliche Leistung in einer Maschine zu bündeln. Stärke, Energie, Kraft. Nichts anderes als diese Substantive galt es umzusetzen.
Wenn wir zwei Server zur Wahl haben, die David und Goliath heißen, dann wollen wir den großen, starken Goliath anbieten. Der kleine David kann mit seiner Steinschleuder zu Hause bleiben. Wir wollen unseren Kunden ein Kraftpaket anbieten, das für alle Anwendungen für eine lange Zeit gerüstet sein wird - koste es, was es wolle.

Eine entscheidende Rolle für die Leistungsfähigkeit eines Servers spielt natürlich immer sein Herz: Der Prozessor.
Wie so oft steht man in diesem Bereich vor der Qual der Wahl: AMD oder Intel? Wer hat den besseren Prozessor zum besseren Preis-/Leistungsverhältnis?

Eine entscheidende Hilfestellung zu dieser Frage haben wir zunächst von den Fachleuten erhalten, deren Meinung uns am Wichtigsten ist: Von unseren Kunden.
Wir haben in einer Umfrage hier im Blog die beiden unserer Meinung nach effizientesten und gleichzeitig preislich recht ähnlichen Modelle von Intel und AMD zur Wahl gestellt und unsere Kunden und Interessenten gefragt, für welchen Typ sie sich entscheiden würden. Von Anfang an hat sich dabei ein Vorsprung für den Intel-Prozessor (Intel Core i7 3930X with six cores at 3,20 GHz each and HT) gegenüber dem AMD-Prozessor (AMD Opteron 6272 with 16 cores at 2,1 GHz each) herauskristallisiert. Am Ende gewann der Intel-Prozessor mit 55 % Zustimmung die Umfrage. Kein riesiger Vorsprung, für uns aber doch ein erster Ansatzpunkt.

Im zweiten Schritt galt es beide Systeme (in sonst gleicher Ausstattung) zu bauen und mit Hilfe von Benchmarks die wahre, messbare Leistungsfähigkeit der beiden Prozessoren zu testen.
Gesagt, getan. Das Ergebnis der Benchmarks: Fair, unbestechlich - und ein glasklarer, weiterer Fingerzeig zu Intel.
Alle Tests, die wir unter dem jeweils neuesten CentOS durchgeführt haben, gaben der Mehrheit unserer Kunden recht, die sich schon vorab für den Intel-Prozessor ausgesprochen hatten.
Im Unixbench etwa erreichte der Intel Core i7 3930K im Single-Core-Betrieb nahezu 3 mal bessere Werte als der AMD-Prozessor.
Doch wer dachte, spätestens im Multi-Core-Betrieb kann der AMD Opteron 6272 mit seinen beachtlichen 16 Kernen seine Stärken ausspielen, hat sich leider getäuscht: Auch hier schnitt der Intel-Prozessor im Vergleich etwa doppelt so gut ab. In beiden Fällen änderte die Variante mit oder ohne "filycopy" nichts an diesem klaren Resultat pro Intel.

Alles in allem ein deutliches Gesamtergebnis: Die Mehrheit der Teilnehmer unserer Umfrage entschied sich für den Intel-Prozessor und die von uns durchgeführten Benchmarks zeigten, dass im Vergleich der AMD-Prozessor alt aussieht.
Schade zwar für unser Marketing: Mit einem "Dedicated Server 16-Core", dessen Mainboard sogar schon über eine integrierte KVM-over-IP Funktion verfügt hätte, hätten wir sicherlich nur allzu gern geworben und so manche interessierte Blicke auf das Modell gezogen.

Doch da ist uns die echte, messbare, pure Leistung und die Zufriedenheit unserer Kunden mit unserem neuen Topmodell doch um einiges wichtiger. Der Intel Core i7 3930K mag in puncto Marketing mit seinen 6 Kernen nicht so glänzen wie sein AMD-Pendant. Gleichwohl bietet er genau das, was unsere Kunden und wir uns gewünscht haben: Kraft, Energie, Stärke, mehr Prozessorleistung als je zuvor. Und all diese Begriffe soll ab sofort nur ein einfacher Buchstabe im Namen des neuen Server-Goliaths symbolisieren:

Dedicated Server X

Bald ist es soweit.


A legend says “Good Bye”: Dedicated Server XL

An era is just about to draw to a close. The GIGA Dedicated Server XL, which has been a successfull contributor to our server fleet for years, will vanish from our portfolio shortly.

This XL rootserver will only remain available for ordering from our homepage for a short while. You have got just a few more days left to grab a hold of this server at a monthly rate of 44.99 EUR. Giga-International will not offer any root server afterwards at such a low monthly rental fee.

For many many years, actually for almost a decade, the Dedicated Server XL played a vital role in Giga International's story of success. Almost nearly 7 years ago, back in January 2005, it entered it's high end position within our server portfolio, being the most powerful server then. And considering the time span of 7 years - in terms of hardware developements  an incredible long time - it was never eliminated from our portfolio.

Given the technical circumstances back then, this server was equipped with sensational 2GB RAM, an Intel Pentium IV 3,0 Ghz processor and hyperthreading technology, as well as a 250GB harddisk. It's hardware never changed and the server operates frontline, until nowadays. Like a true gentleman, it never changed it's style and elegance.

The dedicated server XL was built and configured by Giga International for their customers ever since in a number of several hundred machines.During the following years we introduced the DUAL-Core and even QUAD-Core servers with a multitude of RAM and harddisk capacity.

But, it took well over 4 years, until in Spring 2009 a new dedicated server model, the Core i7, ruled out the model XL for being the most popular server ever rented (Nonetheless, this record could not be kept for such a long time,  since it was broken by it's successor, the even more popular Dedicated Server 6-Core).

What makes this dedicated root server, which requires  - unlike to the virtual servers - to be individually built for each customer and connected in our datacenter, so special and so unique that it was kept on the hosters product portfolio for 7 years, and is still remains to be contineously requested and ordered on a daily basis by our clients?

One of the reasons might be it's Intel Processor with hyperthreading, which features a technology that was ground breaking back then, but which also still satisfies the demands of most applications using it for a 'Dual Core' substitute. Or maybe it is the fact, that it's random access memory with 2GB still suffices for each LINUX distribution and even supports the latest resource consuming WINDOWS operating systems.

Or pretty simple, it might be the incredible low price, due to the depreciation of hardware costs, of 44.99 EUR per month for a self operated server, including electric power, air condition and unlimited traffic which makes it so attractive.

However, maybe it is the charm of this little root server legend, which was placed into service shortly after the foundation of Giga International and which has ever since supported the raise and expansion of Giga International. Likewise any customer who enjoyed ordering and using one of these appliances until today.

Retain one of these budget servers and experience yourself the incredible performance our 'oldie' is still able to proof. Reserve this little symbol of 'nostalgia' during the last remaining days of it's tenure, because once vanished from our portfolio, it will not ever return.

And just like the old saying goes: Legends may sleep - but they never die.


Additional Upstream: 10 Gbit/s Level 3

This winter we are going to expand our upstreams with an additional, high-quality carrier.

In addition to the already existing, extremely reliable connections via M-Net and Telia Sonera (10 Gbit/s each) there will be yet a third 10 Gbit/s connection in our datacenter available from February 2012 on. With it we're investing in a new level of redundancy for our datacenter customers. In the most unlikely event that a fibercable is going to be damaged by a excarvator or somehow else, our clients would not even notice any constraints. The two other glassfiber connections would be taking over, as in such case our high end CISCO-equipment would route the traffic automatically and without interruptions of service.

The new carrier Level 3 is widely known for his quality. Being a TIER1-carrier just like Telia Sonera it features a total of around 100 000 fiber miles worldwide. Thus, Level 3 is considered as the biggest and best-linked carrier in the world. Besides the excellent European network of Level 3 it's especially the American continent which is connected very well by the U.S. company. This makes Level 3 to the ideal choice for us, because we already have Telia Sonera as upstream carrier which is connected to 90% of all european broadbandnetworks directly. Level 3 serves 18 of world's top 20 telecom carriers.

For our customers that means - besides the formerly mentioned redundancy - that they benefit from an even broader internet bandwidth, a remarkably improved worldwide routing by using three parallel upstreams and last but definitely not least, a much better price in regards to traffic.

Further, we will offer more upstreams and peerings in the near future.


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Noch in diesem Winter werden wir unsere Upstreams um einen weiteren, qualitativ hochwertigen Carrier erweitern.

Voraussichtlich im Februar wird neben den beiden bereits vorhandenen, äußerst zuverlässigen Anbindungen via M-Net und Telia Sonera (jeweils 10 Gbit/s) eine weitere 10 Gbit/s-Anbindung im Rechenzentrum verfügbar sein. Damit investieren wir in ein drittes Redundanzlevel für unsere Rechenzentrumskunden. Sollte beispielsweise der seltene Fall auftreten, dass eine Glasfaserleitung durch einen Bagger oder anderweitig beschädigt wird, spüren unsere Kunden hiervon nichts: Die Internetanbindung wird durch nunmehr gleich zwei weitere Glasfasern aufrecht erhalten. Unser hochwertiges CISCO-Equipment routet in einem solchen Fall automatisch und ausfallfrei den Traffic um.

Der neue Carrier Level 3 steht weltweit für höchste Qualität. Genau wie Telia Sonera ist als er als TIER1-Carrier "upstreamfrei" und verfügt über rund 160.000 Kilometer eigene Glasfaserkabel weltweit. Damit ist Level 3 wohl der größte und am Besten vernetzte Carrier weltweit. Neben einem exzellenten europäischen Netz ist insbesondere der gesamte amerikanische Kontinent von dem US-Unternehmen bestens konnektiert. Damit stellt Level 3 für Giga-Hosting.biz eine hervorragende Ergänzung zu dem bereits bestehenden Carrier Telia Sonera dar, an den über 90 % aller europäischen Bandbreitennetze direkt angeschlossen sind. Level 3 versorgt 18 der TOP 20 Telefongesellschaften auf der Welt.

Für unsere Kunden bedeutet dies - neben der bereits eingangs erwähnten Redundanz - noch mehr zur Verfügung stehende Internetbandbreite, ein noch besseres, weltweites Routing durch den parallelen Einsatz der Upstreams von M-Net, Telia Sonera und Level 3 sowie letztlich einen noch besseren Trafficpreis.

Darüber hinaus werden in Kürze weitere Upstreams und Peerings folgen.


Christmas tree in our office

Today we installed our Christmas tree in the receiption lobby of Giga-Hosting.

Altough it needs a little help from the power outlet it feels just like real snow falling down from the sky on our Christmas tree.

And how did legendary Frank Sinatra sing in one of his famous songs:

Oh the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful.
Since we've no place to go

Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow...

Merry Christmas everyone! 🙂


Until Christmas Eve only: 6 Core Server without setup fee!

For many of us, Christmas time ist the most beautiful time of the year. It is getting colder, the smell of snow is tickling our noses, and department stores and X-mas fairs experience an all of a sudden rush of customers. And all that towards the big bang: Christmas Eve. Slowly and slightly, the Giga-International team is getting in the mood for Christmas as well and to begin with the festive preparations, we have started to decorate our website a little bit.

But, why waiting for Christmas?

We decided to drip a little icing over these days to pass until X-Mas and opened the festive season with a big bash, called the "Giga-International Christmas Special". Why not taking presents from us right away?

Our X-Mas gift to you:
The Giga Dedicated Server 6-Core, entirely without setup fees and at a monthly renewal period!

"Sail this flagship" without setup fees, without waiting time, without long term commitments.

Get on board and order in time, because - guess what - this special ends on December 24th!


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Für viele ist die Weihnachtszeit die schönste Zeit im Jahr.
Schön langsam wird es kälter, der erste Schnee ist in Sicht und der Trubel auf den Weihnachtsmärkten und in den Geschäften nimmt zu. Und all das für das alljährliche, große Finale: Heilig Abend, der 24. Dezember. Auch beim Giga-Hosting Team setzt allmählich Weihnachtsstimmung ein und so haben wir quasi als erste Amtshandlung unseren Webauftritt ein wenig dekoriert.

Aber - warum eigentlich auf Weihnachten warten?
Wir haben uns entschlossen, Ihnen die Wartezeit mit einem Paukenschlag zu versüßen und starten anlässlich der Vorweihnachtszeit schon jetzt das große Giga-Hosting Weihnachts-Special. Lassen Sie sich doch einfach jetzt schon von uns beschenken.

Unser Weihnachtsgeschenk an Sie:
Der GIGA Dedicated Server 6-Core ganz ohne Einrichtungsgebühr - bei nur 1 Monat Mindestlaufzeit!

Sichern Sie sich jetzt das beste Pferd im Stall ohne Einrichtungsgebühr, ohne Wartezeit, ohne lange Vertragsbindung:

...denn dieses Weihnachts-Special endet natürlich - raten Sie mal - am 24. Dezember!