8May/178

Contabo data center uplinks: Now 100 Gbit/s available!

We have great news for you, once again 🙂 We have enhanced our data center connectivity with two additional high-quality uplinks.

The two carriers Level 3 and Telia have been connected with additional 2 x 10 Gbit/s to our backbone.

With regard to the internet connection of our data centers, we don't accept any compromises at all. Quite the contrary, we continue to focus on highest quality and best availability possible for you, our customers. It deserves to be mentioned: With Telia Carrier and Level 3 we chose the number 1 and number 2 of the world's biggest internet carriers for the upgrade of our upstreams - there is no other carrier who operates such huge networks worldwide.

The result? Quite some advantages for you: Now you receive an even better redundancy in case of a malfunction of any data center uplink. Besides, the additional upstreams increase the available bandwidth and provide you with an even better global routing and with a better price of traffic.

The Contabo data centers now are connected to the internet with 100 Gbit/s:

  • Telia Carrier: 30 Gbit/s
  • Level 3: 30 Gbit/s
  • DE-CIX: 20 Gbit/s
  • Versatel: 10 Gbit/s
  • M-Net: 10 Gbit/s
5May/172

Contabo wins German Data Center Award

We have some great news for you from "Inside Contabo": During a ceremony on the evening of April 25th 2017, the winners of the “Deutscher Rechenzentrumspreis 2017” (German Data Center Award 2017) were honored. Prior to the award presentation ceremony, an independent expert panel selected the award winners among 65 data center projects which had been handed in by data center operators from all over Germany. The jury focused especially on the cutting-edge and visionary character of the data center projects as well as the achievable (energy-)efficiency in the data center services.

Contabo has won the first place in category 6 – “Increase in energy efficiency through reconstruction in an existing data center” – with its data center in Nuremberg and consequently received the German Data Center Award 2017.

 

This award is a huge acknowledgement of the efforts we have carried out in the past years with the ultimate goal to make the operation of the Contabo data centers as energy efficient and stable as possible – and at the same time even more attractive for you, our customers. In the course of the energetic optimization of the prize-winning data center in Nuremberg we have, for instance, replaced many installations of the electric and air conditioning supply with new and high-efficient machines. By doing so, we have replaced dozens of ventilators and all of our UPS and air conditioning systems. Additionally, we have built a new room for a thermal separation of our UPS batteries. On the basis of extensive planning and project scheduling as well as precautionary activities, all these measures were implemented without any interruption of the operation of your servers.

For you, our valued customers, for whom we have thousands of servers online in our data center, all these actions were performed noiseless.

 


As a result the PUE value (PUE = “Power Usage Effectiveness”) of the data center in Nuremberg could be reduced from 2.0 to almost 1.2 within one year. With full use of the data center capacity, the electricity costs of all data center services will be reduced by more than 1 million Euros every year. This is a huge increase in the efficiency of our services, which Contabo passes on to its customers 1:1 – in the form of an excellent price-performance-ratio of all offered hosting products.

Receiving the German Data Center Award is a big honor for us; in addition, it encourages us to continue our path of permanently searching for and implementing technological improvements for our products and data centers. For the future, our goal is to continue to offer you the same as today: Premium products and an excellent customer service combined with an unbeatable price-performance-ratio.

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3Aug/166

Additional DC uplinks: DE-CIX and Versatel

Great news from Contabo: We have improved our data center connectivity with two additional high-quality uplinks.

The already existing DE-CIX uplink with a bandwidth of 10 Gbit/s has been doubled, which means that the available bandwidth of Contabo to the DE-CIX is 20 Gbit/s now.

Furthermore, we have added Versatel with an additional 10 Gbit/s uplink to our backbone. Versatel is one of the premier global Carriers and offers highest quality, just like our existing ones. For example, Versatel operates the second largest fibre-optic network in Germany with a total length of more than 41.000 kilometers.

Our customers now receive an even better redundancy in case of a malfunction of one Carrier or a data center cable. Besides, the additional uplinks increase the available bandwidth and provide you, our customers, with an even better global routing and eventually a better price of traffic.

The Contabo data centers are connected to the internet with 80 Gbit/s now:

  • Telia Carrier: 20 Gbit/s
  • Level 3: 20 Gbit/s
  • DE-CIX: 20 Gbit/s
  • Versatel: 10 Gbit/s
  • M-Net: 10 Gbit/s
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10Apr/150

Server caught flirting

Yesterday we have been informed by one our clients that spring fever does not only exist among human beings but probably also among servers - to be more precise, among two of our servers located in our data center.

The following has happened to the client's server:

Today we wanted to perform some renames over a mounted webDAV. Controlling the syslog I recognized that the main hobby of my server is the communication with another DHCP server.
Maybe the two servers were flirting with each other? In my opinion this is rather brazen without my consent, isn't it 🙂
Can you maybe give me a hint why my server behaves so strangely?

The request was not only amusing for our supporters, but also has encouraged them to think about the behavior of a server at the beginning of spring.
Maybe we should stop to consider servers merely as things and objects and should rather deal instead with their feelings in a serious way?

Anyway, a big thank you to our client who has approved the publication of his humerous description of a legitimate question that has caused loud laughter in our office.
Of course, we could find an appropriate solution for his request.

13Oct/140

Leading whisky website hosted by Contabo

Dr. Horst Lüning, owner of the largest german whisk(e)y website, usually only savors the finest single malt whiskys in his video posts on Youtube. Among more than 20 million website visitors who visit the portal and the online store on whisky.de every month, a huge fan base of these informative and entertaining live tastings has evolved.

Now Contabo as a hosting provider was honored by Dr. Lüning to become the subject of one of his online videos, too. In this 5-minute video Dr Lüning reports about his efforts to create a new international whisky portal in the data centers of Contabo.

You can watch this video in German in the following:

6Oct/140

Dos and Don’ts in a data center

Don'ts:
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Dos:
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13Jan/140

Sought & Found!

The preparations for our new data center in Nuremberg are already running at full speed and the planning is in full swing. In order to respond optimally to all customer needs that may occur in future, we have been looking for  reinforcement for our second data center location.

The search for a master electrician who will be actively involved in the repair and modernization of the existing infrastructure was already successful and we would like to welcome Dominik today as a new member in the Contabo team. Dominik will be responsible as supervisor for all electrical work occuring in and around the data center and building infrastructure.

We are pleased to have found such a competent new employee and colleague and we hope for a productive and successful cooperation in future.

Looking for a new job in a modern data center? Further job offers at Contabo can be found on our website.

20Dec/132

Contabo launches second data center

New Contabo data center
Steady growth needs space for development.
In order to meet the increasing demand for our hosting services as well as the quality requirements of our customers, Contabo will start operation of a second data center in Nuremberg, Germany, in March 2014.

The current data center in Munich with a data floor of around 350 m² will then be extended with a 1.750 m² data floor and 530 m² office and service premises in Nuremberg. Around 2.500 dedicated servers remain in operation in our Munich data center, while the new facility in Nuremberg will be capable to run another 10.000 dedicated servers.

The new location will be acquired in February 2014 already and it will be operated independently by Contabo. This will allow continuous improvements and expansions to guarantee the most stable and energy-efficient data center infrastructure.

Facts about the second Contabo data center in Nuremberg:
- 1750 m² data floor
- Raised floor, load-bearing capacity > 1000 kg / m²
- Inhouse transformer-station / power switching station > 2,4 MVA
- 3 x 600 kVA UPS (n + 1)
- Emergency standby system (diesel powered)
- 3 x 600 kW cooling capacity (n + 1), free cooling
- Internet connection using two different fiber directions into the building
- Carrier-neutral (almost any carrier available)
- Alarm system, observation cameras and security service
- Fire alarm system, smoke and heat extraction systems
- Access only via ID card
- Personnel on site 365 days a year

The first Contabo servers will start operation in the new data center early March 2014.

30Sep/130

Many Reasons To Choose Us As Your Hosting Provider!

Choose ContaboFor more than 10 years already, we offer hosting solutions for all needs – whether one is a professional Web designer getting his business online, or simply has a small hobby site. Contabo has the right hosting plan for everyone.

Hosting with us has a lot of advantages one can benefit from:

An established company:
Contabo is a fix part on the international hosting market and 10.000 customers from all over the world trust in our services.

Outstanding service:
It is our highest premise to offer outstanding services. This includes excellent support, high-quality products and a top price-performance ratio.

Unique support:
Our best advertisement is the quality of our products and full satisfaction of our customers. We can guarantee this because of our qualified support team. They are specially trained and educated and get coached regularly.
Thanks to our large support team, we can guarantee a smooth data center and server operation, 24/7. 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 or by phone 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 our point of view regarding optimal service.

Latest server technology:
All our products contain the latest available hardware and equipment. We just use branded and certified hardware, e.g. Intel, Kingston, Western Digital, Samsung and many more.

Modern data center:
We maintain our own private data center that we have planned and designed on our own. It allows us to be extremely flexible and gives us the possibility to meet all the special needs and requirements of our customers.

What distinguishes us from our competitors in detail?
Contabo offers a lot of services free of charge which would cause substantial costs at other providers:
- Customer Control Panel (CCP), that allows our customers to make automated reinstalls free of charge
- RDNS (PTR-Center): we offer the possibility to set reverse DNS entries
- Rescue-System: our rescue system is an independent Linux operating system that runs independently of the server operating system
- We offer an extensive selection of different operating systems. Changing the operating systems (Linux) is completely free of charge
...and many more

Our focus:
We are focused on our customers and customer service. That’s the reason why we reduced the prices of all dedicated and virtual servers (VPS) and doubled the VPS performance at the same time.
You will not find any other hosting provider that can compete with our discount prices in conjunction with the product features and performance.

Our VPS got benchmarked – convince yourself of the good results:
- http://virtdeal.com/contabo-review-germany-kvm-vps-hosting/
- http://vpseer.com/ssd-plans

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!