7Oct/130

IPv6 now available for all our customers

IPv6We are happy to announce the introduction of IPv6 in our network. IPv6 is the successor to IPv4. Normally, when talking about an ip address, one means an IPv4 address.

An example for an IPv4 address would be 79.143.183.251. An example for an IPv6 address would be 2a02:c200:0000:0010:0000:0000:1231:0001.

IPv6 is entirely optional, meaning you can use it, but you do not have to. For your server, nothing changes - but if you want to, you can activate IPv6 in addition to your existing IPv4 addresses from now on.

Each VPS, each dedicated server and each colocation server has received 65535 (!) IPv6 addresses from Contabo, an entire /112 network. With IPv4, the address space is very limited, considering today's requirements. IPv6 does not have this problem, an enormous amount of addresses exists. We pass this advantage on to our customers: All IPv6 adresses are completely free of charge!

Further details and instructions on how to enable IPv6 on your server have been published in a blog article: http://blog.contabo.com/tutorials/adding-ipv6-connectivity-to-your-server/

Important: You can only reach your server's IPv6 addresses from your local computer if IPv6 is enabled in your local network and with your Internet connection. Otherwise you will not be able to reach them from your computer, even if you have configured everything correctly on your server.

We wish you much success with IPv6!

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12Jun/130

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.

Webspace:
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

 

Server:
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.

 

VPS:
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

 

13May/110

NEW at Giga-Hosting: Giga Linux Cluster

The cluster system for your individual requirements. High performance, high stability and low price.

Regardless which hardware component might fail or how the number of web site visitors might increase - your web presence will remain 24/7 online.

The Giga Linux Cluster is built not only to prevent service outages, but also to provide the full capacity of all cluster servers during standard operation. This leads to a reduction of the response times even in the face of increasing load due to an increasing amount of web site visitors or complex applications. With the Giga Linux Cluster, there are no IT-related boundaries anymore to the growth of your company.

The Giga Linux Clusters offers four advantages:

  1. Reliability - high availability of your site
  2. Scalability - easy and rapid expansion
  3. Load balancing - cost effective utilization of resources
  4. Data security - don't take a risk

We take care of the details

It goes without saying that the experienced staff of Giga-International is taking care of each and every detail in accordance with your personal requirements: Assistance and consultation, initial configuration of the servers and the network infrastructure, adjustment of technical parameters in close collaboration with you and the permanent technical service for the cluster. You can sit back!

Giga Linux Cluser has unbeatable prices

Fair acconting of the individual configuration and no monthly costs. You only pay for the dedicated servers that are deployed within the cluster.__________________________

The same text in German / Der gleiche Text in Deutsch

Das Clustersystem für Ihre individuellen Bedürfnisse. Hochperformant, sicher und preiswert.

Egal, welche Hardware ausfällt oder wie sehr sich Ihre Besucherzahl vervielfacht - Ihre Webpräsenz bleibt immer 24/7 online.

Mit dem Giga Linux Cluster vermeiden Sie nicht nur Ausfälle, es kann auch im Normalbetrieb die Kapazität aller Server genutzt und modular erweitert werden, um so (z.B. bei Web-Applikationen) die Antwortzeiten selbst bei stetig zunehmender Serverlast durch wachsende Besucherzahlen oder aufwändigere Anwendungen zu verringern. Ihrem Wachstum sind seitens der IT damit endlich keine Grenzen mehr gesetzt.

Der Giga Linux Cluster bietet vier Vorteile:

  1. Ausfallsicherheit - für eine hohe Verfügbarkeit Ihres Angebots
  2. Skalierbarkeit - für einfache und schnelle Erweiterungen
  3. Lastverteilung - für eine kosteneffiziente Auslastung
  4. Datensicherheit - gehen Sie kein Risiko ein

Wir kümmern uns um die Details

Selbstverständlich übernimmt das Expertenteam von Giga-Hosting für Sie sämtliche Details, ganz nach Ihren Wünschen: Beratung, initiale Konfiguration der Server und der Netzwerkinfrastruktur, Anpassung von technischen Parametern in Absprach mit Ihnen und die dauerhafte, technische Betreuung des Clusterbetriebs. Sie können sich zurück lehnen!

Giga Linux Cluster ist unschlagbar preiswert

Faire Abrechnung der individuellen Konfiguration und keine monatlichen Kosten. Sie bezahlen lediglich für die dedizierten Server, die im Cluster zum Einsatz kommen.


2May/103

Ubuntu 10.04 available

Only 4 days after the release of the new Ubuntu version 10.04  (codename: Lucid Lynx) we have updated our systems to install the new version on our servers. The new version is an LTS-version (Long-Time-Support). This means, that Ubuntu will extend the support time and provide updates for a longer time.

Many interesting changes have been included since the last LTS-release. Some of them are:
- upgrade to Linux Kernel 2.6.32
- ext4 as default filesystem
- grub2 as bootloader

You can find more information about the changes in the official release notes.

Once of the most surprising features is, that Ubuntu 10.04 is booting up very fast. I've measured the time with my cell phone and a Dedicated Server Core i7. The stopwatch was started after the BIOS POST was finished and I was surprised ... It takes less than 15 seconds until the boot up process was completed.

We have tested the upgrade by running "apt-get dist-upgrade". Although, we can not recommend upgrading your system this way, because the test system became very slow after the upgrade. After a new installation with the latest version the same system was faster then ever before. Thus, if you want to upgrade your installation you should reinstall your server. Customers, using our ASI system can use it for the reinstallation. All other customers can request a reinstallation at our support. For new customers, be informed that we will add version 10.04 of Ubuntu to our server-configurator, the next days. If you can't wait, just leave a note at the suggestions field below the customer's personal information.

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