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13Nov/130

Operation Christmas Child – Christmas in a shoebox

Thousands of children in Europe suffer hardship. Children who never get gifts because their families simply cannot afford gifts. But thanks to the organization called “Operation Christmas Child“ exactly these kids get some gifts simply wrapped in a shoebox.
This year Contabo also participated in the promotion and sponsored several of shoeboxes.

Since 1990, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced charity through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child.

The idea is quite simple:
Look for an empty shoebox, wrap the lid and the box separately in wrapping paper, decide if your gift is for a boy or girl (the age categories are 2-4, 5-9, and 10-14) and finally fill your box with new gifts like toys, hygiene items, school supplies, clothing and of course sweets. Everything that makes children's hearts beat faster, is allowed.

Yesterday, the shoeboxes sponsored by Contabo and its employees were picked up by a volunteer of the organization. According to the volunteer our boxes go to children in Serbia.

Contabo shoeboxesWishing them already merry Christmas is a little early, in my opinion, but we hope that the delivery will be without any complication in order that all gifts arrive at its new owners. Contabo wishes all recipients a lot fun with their Christmas surprise.
Contabo shoebox
All those who also would like to sponsor a shoebox can find further details here:
http://www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk/ &
http://www.geschenke-der-hoffnung.org/projekte/weihnachten-im-schuhkarton/

8Jul/130

10 years Contabo in pictures: Part 2

In our last blog post we have already given you an overview about the history of Contabo since its foundation.

Now we would like to move on into 2006. For a better understanding keep again an eye on the chronicle of Contabo:

Contabo through the ages

In March 2006 we opened our first office in the heart of Munich. During a long night session we set up several tables, chairs and computers in our new office which was located in a mixed building with offices and apartments. That’s why it wasn’t really surprising (but for us it somehow was at this moment) when an angry neighbor complained about our noisy furniture assembly and installation.
So we finished our hammering, drilling and screwing at 3 o’clock in the morning and continued on the next day.
Thanks to our apology and a bottle of red wine the domestic peace could be restored again.

According to our former company size our first office was very small and contemplative. Nevertheless, nothing was missing.
Right from the beginning a “Coke”-refrigerator of the brand “Bosch” in 50s retro style had been ordered and has been providing us with refreshments until today. By the way, the purchase price was 700 Euros plus delivery expenses.

 

Impressions from 2006 of our first office:

 

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Unfortunately, we didn’t stay in the office for a long time although we had been blessed with a delicious food infrastructure like Mc Donald’s, Pizza Hut and several Döner restaurants because of its location in the middle of the city center.
We took advantage of the possibility to use a small data center in the middle of Munich operated by the carrier Tiscali with exclusive access to our servers.  Tiscali itself stopped all its business in Germany at this time because they didn’t perform profitably any more. Further details of the Italian telecommunications company which was our partner at that time can be found on Wikipedia.
In 2007 we split all of our servers in two different locations; one was located in Frankfurt and one in Munich. At the same time we moved our office to the former office rooms of Tiscali to operate near our servers. This gave us the possibility, in the event of any server problems, to react instantly at any time.
This relocation was the kick off of our colocation and housing product offers.
From this time, customers had the possibility to colocate their own server hardware in our data center and to benefit from a very fast internet connection, from excellent international routing, redundant air-conditioning and power supply. The number of servers increased rapidly.

 

Impressions from 2007 of the data center in Munich:

 

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The racks of Rittal shown on the pictures above have been taken over from Tiscali by us later on and are still in use in our data center.

 

Impressions of our 2nd office at Tiscali:

 

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We left the building in 2009 when we opened our today’s office and data center in Giesing/ Munich.

If you are interested in more details from our past, stay tuned here on our blog. The story will be continued…

27May/136

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CONTABO – Contabo celebrates its 10th birthday

Contabo setup promotion

Finally… we are celebrating our 10th birthday. Exactly 10 years ago Contabo, formerly known as Giga-Hosting and Giga-International, started with a small service-oriented approach – and now, 10 years later, we operate our own data center in the heart of Munich and are an integral part of the national and international hosting market. By the way: More details about our company history – including previously unreleased facts and shocking pictures – will be published in our Contabo blog within the next weeks.

Prevailing for such a long time in a fast-changing environment (called the Internet) makes us really proud and that’s the reason why we would like to express our special thanks to our customers for the successful and trustful cooperation over the past 10 years.

In order to give this anniversary its due, we would like to thank you with several very special events.

10 years Contabo = 10 days no setup fees!
No Setup Fees
We are waiving the setup fees for the next 10 days.
All of our hosting products are available without any installation fee.

You want to save up to 70 Euros? Then order one of our Dedicated servers (except: Dedicated server X and 6-Core) or virtual servers or any other product within the next 10 days.

So what are you waiting for? The promotion is starting today and is valid for the next 10 days only.

 

Join in and win: Remote-controlled drone, Nexus 7 Pad and much more!
This competition is addressed to all the creative ones among you.

You are a poet or you love to write? Show us what you are made of and send us your English poem about Contabo.
The winners will be awarded with one of ten very attractive prizes.

Details about the competition are coming soon. Be informed as usual on our Facebook Page or here on our blog.

Stay tuned!

 

27Dec/120

Giga-International becomes Contabo!

Contabo.comNow it’s official. Our company name has changed to Contabo!
As of today Giga-International will operate under a new company name called Contabo GmbH. The re-branding is just the first step for a global expansion that we have in mind.

The new year 2013 has begun and we have taken this opportunity to bring a long pending resolution alive. We changed the company name from Giga-International to Contabo.
After careful preparations the long-sought name change has finally been implemented.

There are several reasons for this new company name change. Contrary to the former name, the trademark Contabo is now also protected on an international level. Another reason is: Have you had to type the URL giga-international.com in the past, which is relatively long and afflicted with special characters, to find our site, this can be managed easier and faster from now on: Contabo.com – that’s all.

The new name Contabo will represent us globally in the future. It fits to our business in many ways. For example, one possible interpretation of Contabo, standing for “content across borders”, could be the international orientation of our company which operates worldwide.

Our focus does not change. The new company name is nothing but a continuance of our previous company name, Giga-International. Our customers can still rely on the quality and top service level they are used to. The company, the staff, the managing directors and owners, the data center, the technical features, the goals and the high level of service. Everything remains just the same.”

Our company as a legal entity remains untouched equally to the legal relationship between the customers and Giga-International, now Contabo GmbH.

With immediate effect the new company homepage can be found at http://contabo.com.
Our facebook page can be found at http://www.facebook.com/ContaboCOM from now on. Do you like our new name? We are glad to read your feedback on Facebook.

We wish you the best possible start to the new year and look forward to a further successful partnership!

30Oct/120

GIGA V-Servers are called VPS from now on!

Effective of today we change the official name for our virtual servers. Our offered hosting solution V-Server is called VPS from now on. VPS is the shortcut for Virtual Private Server.

After long consideration we have decided on a name change, because our experiences have shown that our customers prefer the more common name VPS, also in their correspondence with us.

Customers of Giga-Interational.com, please note:
You, as our customer, are not affected by this modification, nothing besides the name changes for you.
Please note that the invoices you are receiving from us bear the new product name from now on.

16Oct/120

Windows Server 2012 available now!

Just right after the official completion of MICROSOFT's new operating system for server applications - entitled Windows Server 2012 - our technicians have started with working on its evaluation. We have performed numerous functionality tests for our customers and in particular the integration of this new system into our "ASI" (Automatic System Installer) System. We take pride in reporting today:

Windows Server 2012 is now available as an 'upgrade' for all our rootservers and virtual servers alike.

New customers can order Windows Server 2012 directly during the ordering process on our homepage while existing clients simply need to send an email.

Microsoft took the opportunity, given by the launch of this new operating system, to substantially simplify their licensing model and versions offered. Different from it's predecessors Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 it is only available in two versions: The 'standard' and the 'datacenter' edition.

Our customers who rent dedicated servers can now chose between the new version and its fomer predecessors of the 2008 version, and all that in addition to a wide selection of Linux operating systems. Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition is available at only 19.99 EUR per month, the Datacenter Edition costs 99.99 EUR, but is worth every penny as it provides countless advantages.
And what applies to our Windows Server 2008 operating systems is true for Windows Server 2012 as well: Our customers can test the system free of charge for two months during which no additional costs will accumulate.

Clients who rent our virtual machines will be provided with the bigger Datacenter Edition which will be installed upon request at a rate of 6.99 EUR per month. And likewise our virtual servers can be operated with a wide selection of various Linux distributions.

Finally we have taken the opportunity of the launch of Windows Server 2012 to make a concession to all Windows Server 2008 fans out there. The new price for Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition has been reduced from 29.99 EUR to 19.99 EUR per month, when freshly ordered.

 

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Nachdem Microsoft sein neuestes Betriebssystem für Serverumgebungen, Windows Server 2012, im vergangenen Monat offiziell fertig gestellt hat, haben sich unsere Techniker umgehend an die Arbeit gemacht. Wir haben für unsere Kunden zahlreiche Funktionstests und insbesondere auch die Integration des neuen Systems in unser "ASI" (Automatic System Installer) System durchgeführt, so dass wir heute mit Erfolg melden können:

Windows Server 2012 ist ab sofort für all unsere Rootserver und V-Server als Upgrade erhältlich!

Es kann von Neukunden direkt während des Bestellvorganges auf unserer Homepage, von Bestandskunden jederzeit via Email als Upgrade hinzu bestellt werden.

Microsoft hat die Einführung von Windows Server 2012 genutzt, um das Versions- und Lizenzmodell radikal zu vereinfachen. Im Gegensatz zu seinen Vorgängern, Windows Server 2003 und 2008, ist Windows Server 2012 nur noch in zwei Versionen erhältlich, nämlich in der Standard Edition und in der Datacenter Edition.

Kunden unserer dedizierten Server können - neben der üblichen, breiten Auswahl an Linux-Systemen - frei zwischen den beiden neuen Versionen sowie den Vorgänger-Versionen der 2008er Reihe wählen. Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition kostet lediglich 19,99 € pro Monat, die Datacenter Edition schlägt mit 99,99 € etwas teurer zu Buche, bringt allerdings auch zahlreiche Vorteile mit sich.
Genau wie für Windows Server 2008 gilt auch für das neue Windows Server 2012: Unsere Kunden können das System in den ersten beiden Monaten kostenfrei testen, während der ersten beiden Monate fallen keine Zusatzkosten an!

Unseren V-Server-Kunden stellen wir von Haus aus die größere Datacenter Edition zur Verfügung, die auf Wunsch für nur 6,99 € / Monat installiert wird. Auch für unsere V-Server steht daneben weiterhin die übliche, breite Auswahl an Linux-Systemen zur Verfügung.

Schließlich haben wir die Neueinführung von Windows Server 2012 noch genutzt, um auch den Liebhabern von Windows Server 2008 etwas Gutes zu tun: Der Preis für die Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition beträgt für neue Bestellungen ab sofort nur noch 19,99 € / Monat statt bisher 29,99 € / Monat.

1Aug/120

We were benchmarked and the result was highly satisfactory:

Convince yourself!

Giga-International benchmark                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Source: http://reviews.myhken.com

As you can see the price-performance ratio is right.

 

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25Jul/120

From the everyday life of a Giga-International supporter….

telephone with Question markIt really needs to be said here - we have real full-blooded supporter in our team who strive with heart and soul for the welfare of our customers. And that's not always easy - as you can imagine.
It really takes some good nerves to calm down a choleric customer on the other side of the phone, or to explain a Linux beginner the complex world of Linux in order to serve its Linux-based operating system.

But the job also has many funny sides, and one of them I would like to tell you briefly:
Some time ago there was a special request in our ticket system:

Hello Giga-International team,
I have got an idea: What would you say if I am getting a tattoo that shows the logo or URL of Giga-International, for example on my arm, neck or temple. If you are interested in my plan what would it be worth to you. The tattoo, your logo or your URL, would be decorating my body for the rest of my life. It would be a very lucrative advertising space, since I travel a lot and this would attract much attention, and certainly this will bring you many new customers.

I am looking forward to your answer.
Kind regards
(name is not mentioned here)

After a brief consideration our supporter wrote back as follows:

Dear Mr 
Thank you kindly for your quite interesting offer to act as a living billboard for Giga-International. Besides the aspect of a contractually permitted assault and its possibly juristic consequences, our marketing team would surely have a hard time in deciding which part of your body would qualify best of bearing the tattoo. We safe ourselves from discussions of this type and hope for your understanding if we pass your friendly offer.

If you have any further questions or we can be of help elsewhere, please let us know.
Best Regards
Your Giga-International Team

The supreme principle of a supporter: Always remain calm, competent and friendly no matter how absurd, outrageous, dubious, funny, incredibly the customer’s request is. Everyone who is able to follow this rule has all that it takes to become good supporter.

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16Jul/120

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!