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10 years Contabo in pictures: Part 1

A few days ago Katharina gave you a detailed overview about the history of Contabo in her blog post “Contabo through the ages! The story so far…”.
Based on the mentioned most important milestones of the past 10 years we are going to publish now and within the next few days some pictures, photos and texts which we have been collecting during the last years.

Let’s have a look again on the chronicle posted by Katharina…
Contabo through the ages

…and let’s go back to the very beginning when we put our first own rack server into operation at our first data center location in “Mainhattan”, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

In 2004 the first machines went online in the commonly known “Redbus Interhouse” at Lyoner Straße 28. At the beginning we just started with a space for 10 (or 15?) servers, but soon, our company had been growing fast, and thus, also the number of servers in our data center.
Not only we have been delighted about our rapid growth, but also our IT service provider who has been responsible for the handling of our hardware on site and who we worked with for more than 4 years, until we left Frankfurt am Main a little bit later.
Within a few months our server farm grew from 10 servers to 100 servers, and until today our business is expanding at an ever-increasing rate.

A few months later our long-term IT service provider decided to open another data center location a few houses away from us in Lyoner Straße 15. It was probably not only our very positive development which was responsible for their new data center, but we certainly have made an important contribution to that. At this time Giga-Hosting/ Contabo occupied the highest numbers of servers in their data center.
Today, 10 years later, the Tier1 carrier and global player “Cogent” has settled down right there, in the same datacenter we had used for many years at that time, with his German headquarter.

In the following you will find some impressions of our time (2004-2008) in Frankfurt am Main:







Our objective has always been to stay responsible for all of our servers. This means, we have chosen all single items and the infrastructure of our servers on our own and ,according to our ideas, we created server systems which were ready-to-use. We worked day and night to deliver our servers to Frankfurt am Main as soon as possible. And believe me, this was really hard work.

The following picture shows our already packaged servers shortly before its transportation to Frankfurt. According to the file attributes the picture was taken in October 2005 at 2:00 AM in the morning.


Giga-Hosting staff often travelled to Frankfurt to support the technicians there. I can warmly recommend “Motel 1” as accommodation because that’s where the team stayed during our visit and it was pretty nice.
It was situated between the airport and the data center and that’s why we haven’t seen a lot of the city during our stay.

This was the view out of our hotel room - we had to be content with a view towards another hotel instead of impressive pictures of the city centre and the famous Frankfurt skyline:

motel_small motel2_small

While we have been focused on the hardware and on the infrastructure of our servers, we took care of one of our most important matters: our product range.
When we started planning our company we agreed on three basic principles which focused on our customers and that have been applied consistently and uncompromisingly to this very day:

1) Discount prices
2) Instant service
3) The customer is king

According to these principles we operated day by day.
We were working hard to continually improve our products like webspace, servers, colocation, domains and its sustainable development. From time to time we offered radical price reductions but always together with high quality products and support.
This concept has been proven for years and it is still our company philosophy.

In the following you will find some impressions of some former marketing promotions and offers:

Giga-Hosting offers


Giga-Hosting offer

Giga-Hosting banner

In March 2006 we opened the first office in Munich for our 1st and 2nd level support department. Since that time our team has been growing constantly.

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


A visit to the Oktoberfest

Being  a native Munich Hosting-Team, it is one of our yearly recurring obligations, to visit the famous beerfest, commonly known as the Oktoberfest. Honestly admitting however, that this is of course one of the obligations we fulfill with pleasure. Keeping the good tradition alive, the Giga-Hosting team went once again to visit the biggest funfair worldwide.

It is a pity however, that it becomes more and more difficult – for private visitors and companies alike – to book one of the tables in these huge beertents that are capable to hold a crowd of 5000 visitors and above. It is a matter of fact that the owners, respectively the designated Oktoberfest breweries, give preference to long term customers like prominent companies with hundreds or thousands of employees. The more we are proud that we had successfully managed  to reserve tables during the most popular evening hours,  thanks to the keen efforts of our staff. Many others, who had  no reservation and less luck, were kept out from the fun, since tents were closed for being overcrowded.

The first part of our team whom I joined, celebrated last week already at the "Augustiner Festzelt". It had been – and hopefully everybody who was there will agree – one of „a“ evening out, spend in relaxed atmosphere combined with excellent treatment of food and beverage. A big one to all these ever restless waitresses juggling heaps of chicken, pretzels and most important mugs through the dancing and moving crowd.

And whoever had thought that such a jolly and boozy evening could not tickle any creativity and lead to concrete results, is herewith proven wrong. The worldwide first 19“ rack , fully  conditioned by ice cold beer had been roughly sketched during the later evening and is about to be launched exclusively.  By the way, we are still accepting any sponsoring offers from interested breweries.

(A special thanks to Hans for this innovation)

However, those who know how to party hardy , know how to work as well. And so, the second part of our team  - who had not been on the Oktoberfest last week and who’s turn it is now to having a feast  at „Bräurosl“, was on duty and in charge to assist and serve our customers until 23:00 hrs at the datacenter,  as usual. Totally sober of course! Vice versa, you can contact the  revellers  of last week , tonight as always via telephone.

Even during this probably most favourite time for the citizens of Munich, we provide the usual professional service.

Pictures and Youtube-Videos about the very first beercooled serverrack worldwide will be provided later on, exclusively right on this blog.


So,  cheers and bottoms-up,  or as we Bavarians say, „Prost“!


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Als waschechtes Münchner Hosting-Team gehört es natürlich zu unserer Pflicht, auch dem Oktoberfest einen alljährlichen Besuch abzustatten. Eine der etwas angenehmeren Pflichten freilich, soviel Ehrlichkeit muss sein. Wie schon in den letzten Jahren begab sich das Giga-Hosting.biz Team also auch in diesem Jahr gemeinsam auf das größte Volksfest der Welt.

Genau wie für Privatpersonen ist es leider auch für Unternehmen im Laufe der Jahre unglaublich schwer geworden, abends in einem der weit über 5000 Personen fassenden Festzelte noch Tischreservierungen zu ergattern. Die Festwirte schenken oft jahrelangen Stammkunden, darunter auch Großunternehmen mit hunderten oder gar tausenden Personen, den Vorzug. Umso stolzer sind wir darauf, dass wir auch in diesem Jahr trotz des ungebrochenen Andrangs gekonnt über Schleichwege und mit tatkräftiger Unterstützung unserer Mitarbeiter tolle Tische zur Abendzeit ergattern konnten, zu der es für viele andere, arme Besucher ohne Reservierung nicht selten heißt: "Wegen Überfüllung geschlossen".

Der erste Teil unseres Teams, zu dem auch ich gehöre, feierte bereits in der vergangenen Woche im "Augustiner Festzelt". Es war - und das kann hoffentlich nicht nur ich sagen - ein toller Abend in entspannter Atmosphäre und mit hervorragender Bewirtung von Speis und Trank 😉 , was wir natürlich nur der harten Arbeit unserer Kellnerinnen zu verdanken haben, die sich Stunde für Stunde, Tag für Tag, 17 Tage lang um genau zu sein, mit stapelweise Hendl, Brezn und vor allem Bierkrügen durch die Menschenmassen auf den Gängen kämpfen. Hut ab!

Und wer glaubt, ein solcher feuchtfröhlicher Abend könne nicht auch produktiv sein und zu konkreten Ergebnissen führen, der hat sich in uns schwer getäuscht: Das erste vollklimatisierte 19''-Rack mit Bier als Kühlmittel wurde grob skizziert und befindet sich auf bestem Wege, von Giga-Hosting weltexklusiv umgesetzt zu werden. Für Sponsoring-Angebote interessierter Brauereien sind wir übrigens noch offen. (Danke an Hans für diese tolle Innovation!)

Doch wer feiern kann, kann natürlich auch arbeiten. Und so stand der Teil unseres Teams, der nicht in der vergangenen Woche mit aufs Oktoberfest ging, sondern sich just in diesen Stunden in der "Bräurosl" befindet, selbstverständlich wie gewohnt bis mindestens 23:00 Uhr im Rechenzentrum für unsere Kunden zur Verfügung - garantiert nüchtern. Umgekehrt erreichen Sie heute Abend wie gewohnt via Telefon und Email die Giga-Wiesngänger der letzten Woche.
Wir stehen Ihnen auch zur vlt. liebsten Zeit der Münchner, der Wies'n-Zeit, stets zur Verfügung.

Fotos und Youtube-Videos zum ersten biergekühlten Serverrack der Welt werden wir an dieser Stelle exklusiv nachreichen.

In diesem Sinne: Prost!