2Aug/130

No worries, we do not rob a bank…

Yesterday we celebrated our third and last event on the occasion of our company anniversary. The whole team of Contabo came together at the outdoor Go-Kart track in Garching near Munich in order to find the fastest driver of Contabo.

The starting conditions couldn’t have been better: we had 34 degrees outside and there was not even one cloud in the sky; almost too hot for our balaclavas and helmets. But we were tough although we looked like dangerous criminals, as you can see on the following picture. It was taken right at the beginning :-).

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22 people were at the start, but divided into two groups. After a warm-up and a qualifying the race began.
Like Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel many great racing drivers started their careers in karting cars. With a new career in mind, many of us, especially the male participants, found their personal ideal line on the track; much to the chagrin of our management, who was placed at 5th and 10th position.

After 1 hour of driving pleasure we moved on to the awards ceremony and the restaurant next door, where a suckling pig was waiting for us. Once again a big thank you to the great food and organization of the restaurant.

Here are a few impressions of our great day:

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19Jul/130

10 years Contabo in pictures: Part 3

The first and second part of my overview about the history of Contabo was about our beginning on the hosting market and our rapid and continuous growth up to the year 2007.

Now let's move to 2008.

Please find again on the chronicle below what has happened in 2008:

Contabo through the ages

In 2008 we relocated more than 700 servers from Frankfurt am Main to another data center location in Dreieich near Frankfurt, which was 15 kilometers away from the old location. After extensive planning (all customers were informed more than on time), the relocation has been executed, of course, at night in order to bring all servers online again within a short time.
Our removal team stayed in a small hotel in Dreieich for 2 nights, built up dozens of racks, connected them with cables and prepared everything for the new servers. Thanks to their continuous hard work for 2 days and nights, our customers haven’t been affected much.
Once the relocation had been completed and after all the efforts had been finished we had dinner at a little Greek restaurant in Dreieich. Although the Bifteki there was great and a cold beer helped to feel better 😉 some of us even fell asleep during dinner, right at the table.

Anyway, all the effort was worth it, because every server went online again in Dreieich without any complications and within a short time.

In the following you will find some impressions of our data center (2008) in Dreieich near Frankfurt:

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Reasons for the relocation were among other things the good collaboration with Tiscali, an ISP that operated under the name “Nacamar” at that time. Just like our second server location in Munich that we operated at the same time, our new data center location in Dreieich was built and provided by Tiscali - and exclusively used by us.
These two locations gave us and Tiscali the possibility to benefit from each other: Tiscali's previous investments into the data center infrastructure worth millions of Euros hadn’t been for nothing but had been used by us for our increasing number of servers; and thus this has been very lucrative for both us. Our further growth was secured and we were able to offer top quality service to all of our customers.

Nonetheless, in the same year, we already worked on our new goal and initiated the merging of all our servers in just one location.
We planned and designed our own, new, big and modern data center location in Munich. In a modern office building on two floors we found the appropriate location for our plan.
On the first floor, that was bigger than 300 sqm, the data center area should be located; the floor above should include the office area and service area for our customer support department and for our technical staff.

In spring 2009 our plan became reality and several specialist firms started with their work, like mounting the double floor, electricity, air-conditioning and so on. Everything was directed by us.

Finally, in April 2009 our new data center in Munich with room for up to 4000 servers has been put into operation and our former data center locations in Dreieich and Munich were closed.
Since that time 5 years have passed and we still host all of our customer servers at that place. “Our servers” have already reached the number of 2500 machines – “our customers” are about to outnumber 10.000 from all over the world.

Thanks to our professional technicians we guarantee a smooth data center operation, twenty-for-seven. Our support team, which is responsible for competent instant service and individual requirements one may have, is available daily from 8am to 11pm via email (support@contabo.com) or by phone (local number). The office is occupied on 365 days a year including holidays and weekends.
We are dedicated to provide a response time of less than 1 hour, no matter what issue is concerned. This is what we call customer service made by Contabo!

Please be informed about any update and news here on our blog or on our Facebook page. In addition to that we provide further details regarding our data center on our website Contabo.com. Thanks to two webcams you are able to convince yourself live of your running server and that we haven’t been hit by any earthquake :-).

Our customer reviews on our website prove that we do not just preach excellent service but also live this idea. Doesn’t matter what kind of customer you are, whether you just host a small webspace package or a dedicated server with us – each of our customers gets our full and undivided attention.

Since the time when we have taken our new data center into operation in 2009, we continuously work on further improvements and on further developments regarding our product range. Many customers accompany us since our beginning, for more than 10 years right now, and this makes us really proud.

You will find an overview of the most important events and happenings of the last years in our news section on our website.

Here are just a few milestones:

- January 2010: We became a member of the RIPE
- February 2010: Relaunch and new design of our website
- June 2010: Introduction of our company blog
- July 2010: Additional upstream of 10 Gbit/s: Telia Sonera
- August 2010: Introduction of a new product: Virtual Private Servers (VPS)
- Winter 2010: Increase of 150% air-conditioning performance in our data center
- Spring 2011: Introduction of our Facebook page
- December 2011: Additional upstream of 10Gbit/s: Level3
- July 2012: Introduction of our Customer Control Panel (CCP)
- January 2013: Company name change - Giga-International became Contabo

And…we haven't finished yet!

At the moment we are working on further new projects, small ones and huge ones, for further improvements and products. You can imagine, our list of To Do’s is still very long and day by day, we proceed!

I hope I could provide you some insight into the history of Contabo, based on my three-episode series.
I would like to take this opportunity and say thank you to those without whom each milestone and plan would not have been possible. In short, Contabo wouldn’t exist without them!

Thank you to the whole team of Contabo,
for your dedication and effort, day by day!

Thank you to all of our customers,
for your confidence and loyality!

I’m looking forward to having a great time with you further on and to celebrating our 20th company birthday in less than 10 years!

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.
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The most important milestones of Contabo:

Contabo through the ages

 

3Jun/130

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
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Features:
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
Features:
- 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.

Features:
- 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
Features:
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

Features:
- 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.

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!