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!

24Jun/132

Realtime server status: Contabo-Status.com

Contabo Server Status

We are working continously hard to improve the infrastructure of our data center although it is already very reliable. Furthermore, we have a lot of control mechanisms which are detecting problems even before they might have an effect at all.
However, despite these security mechanisms we can not entirely eliminate the risk of short temporary interferences. A data center with an availability of 100,00 % within a timeframe of several years simply doesn't exist.

Therefore, we have just released our new website http://www.contabo-status.com. On this new website we will inform you about interruptions in our data center in realtime. Following this website would ensure that you will get informed und updated in case there is any kind of general issue which also might have an effect on your server.

Even though you probably won't need this website very soon - hopefully never - we recommend you to bookmark http://www.contabo-status.com right away. In case of doubt you will then be informed about the current status and progress with regard to your server without a delay.

22Mar/130

Price reduction: Internet bandwidth, now almost for free!

For hosting in a datacenter - or expressed in a more fashionable way - storing data in 'the cloud', there is one crucial factor:
A top quality, fast and secure Internet connection of the servers within the datacenter. Only this makes it possible to retrieve and make use of the data, stored and processed in the servers, in a way that makes sense, no matter where on earth the users are located.

Our customers around the globe appreciate the high quality level of the Internet connection in Contabo's datacenter, which is and has been guaranteed for a long time already, by the two worldwide leading "Tier 1" carriers Telia Sonera and Level 3, as well as by the glass fiber pioneering provider M-Net, who is presently supplying the city of Munich and its suburbs with glass fiber connections straight to the user.

We are now taking a further step ahead and are proving to our customers that even although quality has got its price, this price is incredibly low at Contabo. We do once again turn our business objective into reality: Providing the highest quality at the lowest prices, second to none.

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All that is made possible by the large volume of the contingent that we purchase for several thousands of dedicated and virtual servers:
As of today, you can obtain Internet bandwidth/traffic at Contabo, for nearly nothing.

1. New server upgrade: 1 Gbit/s bandwidth - without shaping, 24/7 guaranteed. Only 399.99 EUR / month!
By choosing this upgrade your server is being connected to a 1 Gbit/s (=1000 Mbit/s) dedicated switchport (non-shared) which reserves the whole bandwidth volume of 1 Gbit/s only for you. You are able to use the full 1 Gbit/s with both your upstream and your downstream - 24/7 without limitations, no port capping, etc. We do guarantee this bandwidth allocation to you exclusively, thus, you don't share this bandwidth with any other server. Even if you should use the whole bandwidth all the time, we will not throttle your serverport!

2. Price reduction for the server upgrade: 100 Mbit/s bandwidth without shaping, 24/7 guaranteed. Only 39.99 EUR / month!
By choosing this upgrade your server is being connected to a 100 Mbit/s dedicated switchport (non-shared) which reserves the whole bandwidth volume of 100 Mbit/s only for you. You are able to use the full 100 Mbit/s with both your upstream and your downstream - 24/7 without limitations, no port capping, etc. We do guarantee this bandwidth allocation to you exclusively, thus, you don't share this bandwidth with any other server. Even if you should use the whole bandwidth all the time, we will not throttle your serverport!

3. Price reduction for colocation bandwidth: Dedicated, non-shared bandwidth - without shaping, 24/7 guaranteed: 50% cheaper, no matter how much bandwidth you order!
With this bandwidth module, we offer you dedicated bandwidth, which is reserved for you entirely and can be used in full, all the time ('non-shared'). Both upstream and downstream are useable simultaneously exactly up to the number of mbit/s you chose to order. No restrictions. No traffic limit.
Moreover, you can define yourself whether you want to use the ordered bandwidth as a flat rate with a fixed price or whether you prefer the 95th percentile billing method, which allows to exceed the ordered number of Mbit/s if necessary.
In addition to that, you can connect any number of servers (housing modules) to this bandwidth module.
If you do not want to use your own router or BGP, we will manage switching and routing for you - without any extra costs.
Even when starting with only 10 Mbit/s, this module has an impressive price/performance-ratio. But as always: The higher your number of Mbit/s, the cheaper your price per Mbit/s will get.

4. Discount for colocation bandwidth: 100 Mbit/s shared port, now only 9.99 EUR / month!
100 Mbit/s port and unlimited traffic for your colo-server(s) at a reasonable price? No problem.
With this bandwidth module, your colocated server can be connected to our shared bandwidth pool using a 100 Mbit/s port. The traffic is unlimited, thus you can use as much bandwidth as you want.
If you have ordered a '1 server (rack/tower)' housing module together with this bandwidth module, for example, your entire colocation package is complete at only 39.98 EUR per month.

5. Improvement for all dedicated servers which have not been ordered along with the 'dedicated bandwidth - 24/7 guaranteed no shaping' (see above) upgrade:
You can now use (uninterruptedly and continuously) up to 60 Mbit/s on average. Your port will not be throttled.

6. Improvement for all VPS (virtual private servers):
You can now use (uninterruptedly and continuously) up to 40 Mbit/s on average. Your port will not be throttled.

The Internet connection of your server has never been so cheap before and never ever have you been able before, to run bandwidth-intensive applications and homepages so easily!

Pick the Contabo server of your choice right now and get started:
http://contabo.com/?show=server

11Mar/130

Episode 2: When data center cabling becomes art

In the following you'll find another episode of "When data center cabling becomes art".

This time the art work is located in the data center of Contabo.Contabo data centerContabo data centerContabo data center

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.

7Sep/120

And who says you can’t have fun while working?

With the ever increasing demand for new servers, and inclusion of new core switch, our whole technical team got involved in crimping and laying new cables to accomodate them.

Sometimes a good music rather than working behind a computer, is a nice change.
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20Jun/120

When data center cabling becomes art

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10May/120

Our third 10Gbit/s upstream (Level 3) is online

Just a short confirmation: In December 2011 we said that we are going to expand our upstreams with an additional, high-quality carrier: Level 3.

This has been completed in March 2012. Thus, since the 1st of April we've been online with 3 x 10 Gbit/s including Level 3, Telia Sonera International Carrier and M-Net.

All of our customers get the best routes available within the networks of those three carriers automatically.

Indeed: All the servers of our customers have a really nice routing worldwide 🙂