26Mar/151

Black-Building-Test successful: Long-term power supply proved!

Yesterday a so-called "Black Building Test" (BBT) as part of our ongoing maintenance and testing of technical systems was successfully performed.
During this test we simulated a complete
blackout of the public power supply in our data center. In "real life" such a blackout can be caused, for instance, by works on mains electricity or through lightning strikes in high-voltage power lines - just to name a few scenarios.

Precisely in order to be independent of those power failure scenarios, we have a powerful, uninterrupted power backup for our data center.

The successful BB test that took place yesterday proves us, and thus our clients, continuing readiness of the redundantly configured UPS systems with appropriate batteries in our datacenter. These machines provide uninterrupted power to our servers during a power failure...

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... before our emergency diesel genset, with 1800 kW and more than 50.000l fuel in its tank, is in operation and does supply the whole power needed by our servers completely independent from the electricity grid for a long time...

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Convince yourself of our high quality level, not only in technical terms, do not hesitate to contact us on www.contabo.com and order one of our products with minimal costs!

18Dec/140

Contabo christmas chocolates

Christmas is almost here and we just got some christmas chocolates "made by Contabo":


Our thanks go to the famous Cafe Luitpold in Munich who created these nice chocolates for us and to our designer who excelled himself once again by creating such a nice Contabo Box for our candies.

Have a Merry Christmas and nice holidays, everyone! =)

 

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.

Contabo data center

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

18Oct/120

“I’m thinking about continuing & renewing my server. EVERYTHING JUST, BECAUSE CUSTOMER SUPPORT IS GREAT”

On some day during the last week a very good customer who has been renting a Dedicated Server in our datacenter wrote us that he did not necessarily need the server at this time anymore, because the gameserver project he wanted to develop failed. No more need for a dedicated server you might think at this point. But did this great customer cancel the server with Giga-International.com due to vacany? Never ever! Have a look on the email conversation between the customer and our support department by yourself:

Customer:
"How important I am for you guys?

Just asking, because I'm bored. My gameserver hasn't been finished yet since there's no
players and server is useless for me at this time, but I would like to continue with my
server if there's something to do with it. Actually yes. There is, but I've to develop
everything from starting point.
Tell me. Do I continue? :3
"

Giga-International support department:
"
Dear Mr <customer's name>,
Thank you very much for your inquiry.
Please take note that unfortunately we are not really sure what exactly you want us to do.
Therefore we would kindly ask you to paraphrase your message and send it to us once again.
As soon as we receive your e-mail we will immediately respond back to you.
We are looking forward to receiving your soonest reply.
If you have any questions or need help, please do not hesitate to contact us.
--
Best regards,
Kundenservice / Customer support
"

Customer:
"
I'm thinking about continuing & renewing my payment. EVERYTHING JUST, BECAUSE CUSTOMER SUPPORT IS GREAT...
I do not necessarily need server at this time, because I don't have any gameservers that I
can run there, but I'll renew my payment and I can try think some gameservers. I can not
ever hope to be succeed with my gameservers. I'm losing my hope, because no one plays
there ever, but I think I'll buy at least a one month more of the server I already have.
If I don't try... I cannot be succeed.
Any great ideas what to do with dedicated? 🙂
Thanks! I'm always happy about this support. It's reliable, fast and really nice people
there.
"

That's what we call a great loyalty - we really appreciate having so kind and content customers! 🙂

I'd like to thank our nice customer that he gave me his permission to mention this incident in our blog.

16Oct/120

Windows Server 2012 available now!

Just right after the official completion of MICROSOFT's new operating system for server applications - entitled Windows Server 2012 - our technicians have started with working on its evaluation. We have performed numerous functionality tests for our customers and in particular the integration of this new system into our "ASI" (Automatic System Installer) System. We take pride in reporting today:

Windows Server 2012 is now available as an 'upgrade' for all our rootservers and virtual servers alike.

New customers can order Windows Server 2012 directly during the ordering process on our homepage while existing clients simply need to send an email.

Microsoft took the opportunity, given by the launch of this new operating system, to substantially simplify their licensing model and versions offered. Different from it's predecessors Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 it is only available in two versions: The 'standard' and the 'datacenter' edition.

Our customers who rent dedicated servers can now chose between the new version and its fomer predecessors of the 2008 version, and all that in addition to a wide selection of Linux operating systems. Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition is available at only 19.99 EUR per month, the Datacenter Edition costs 99.99 EUR, but is worth every penny as it provides countless advantages.
And what applies to our Windows Server 2008 operating systems is true for Windows Server 2012 as well: Our customers can test the system free of charge for two months during which no additional costs will accumulate.

Clients who rent our virtual machines will be provided with the bigger Datacenter Edition which will be installed upon request at a rate of 6.99 EUR per month. And likewise our virtual servers can be operated with a wide selection of various Linux distributions.

Finally we have taken the opportunity of the launch of Windows Server 2012 to make a concession to all Windows Server 2008 fans out there. The new price for Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition has been reduced from 29.99 EUR to 19.99 EUR per month, when freshly ordered.

 

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Nachdem Microsoft sein neuestes Betriebssystem für Serverumgebungen, Windows Server 2012, im vergangenen Monat offiziell fertig gestellt hat, haben sich unsere Techniker umgehend an die Arbeit gemacht. Wir haben für unsere Kunden zahlreiche Funktionstests und insbesondere auch die Integration des neuen Systems in unser "ASI" (Automatic System Installer) System durchgeführt, so dass wir heute mit Erfolg melden können:

Windows Server 2012 ist ab sofort für all unsere Rootserver und V-Server als Upgrade erhältlich!

Es kann von Neukunden direkt während des Bestellvorganges auf unserer Homepage, von Bestandskunden jederzeit via Email als Upgrade hinzu bestellt werden.

Microsoft hat die Einführung von Windows Server 2012 genutzt, um das Versions- und Lizenzmodell radikal zu vereinfachen. Im Gegensatz zu seinen Vorgängern, Windows Server 2003 und 2008, ist Windows Server 2012 nur noch in zwei Versionen erhältlich, nämlich in der Standard Edition und in der Datacenter Edition.

Kunden unserer dedizierten Server können - neben der üblichen, breiten Auswahl an Linux-Systemen - frei zwischen den beiden neuen Versionen sowie den Vorgänger-Versionen der 2008er Reihe wählen. Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition kostet lediglich 19,99 € pro Monat, die Datacenter Edition schlägt mit 99,99 € etwas teurer zu Buche, bringt allerdings auch zahlreiche Vorteile mit sich.
Genau wie für Windows Server 2008 gilt auch für das neue Windows Server 2012: Unsere Kunden können das System in den ersten beiden Monaten kostenfrei testen, während der ersten beiden Monate fallen keine Zusatzkosten an!

Unseren V-Server-Kunden stellen wir von Haus aus die größere Datacenter Edition zur Verfügung, die auf Wunsch für nur 6,99 € / Monat installiert wird. Auch für unsere V-Server steht daneben weiterhin die übliche, breite Auswahl an Linux-Systemen zur Verfügung.

Schließlich haben wir die Neueinführung von Windows Server 2012 noch genutzt, um auch den Liebhabern von Windows Server 2008 etwas Gutes zu tun: Der Preis für die Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition beträgt für neue Bestellungen ab sofort nur noch 19,99 € / Monat statt bisher 29,99 € / Monat.

20Jun/120

When data center cabling becomes art

Technicians also can be creative 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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20Feb/120

What are the advantages of an external data center!

Last week I initiated on our facebook fanpages Giga Hosting and Giga International a small survey on the topic „server outsourcing“. The response of course could have been a bit bigger, but at least 14 people have made their voices; so I take this opportunity to write a short blog post about the benefits of an external data center.

Actually, why do we, Giga Hosting, exist? And why do more and more outsource their server structure?

First of all the cost factor has to be mentioned. The purchase of an infrastructure comparable with modern data centers requires significant investment. So if one makes the decision for an own data center perhaps these acquisition costs must be provided instead of investing in strategic products.

Furthermore the administrative costs should be named aswell - this includes the maintenance and management of infrastructure and hardware.

Many of our customers rely on our wide range of hosting solutions in order to keep their investment costs low. Because we design individual server environments that are tailored to special needs of each customer. Whether they need dedicated or virtualized machines - they pay only what they actually need for their projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see the main criteria for server outsourcing are "Low investment costs," "Fast and redundant connection" and "Higher performance".

But there is one very important advantage that benefits mainly Giga-Hosting: our competitive products.
Our efforts for existing on the market in such a successfull way have a positive effect on our customers; because we are always working on better conditions, even better prices and more powerful products.

Convince yourself on wednesday!

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Was sind die Vorteile eines externen Rechenzentrums!

Letzte Woche habe ich über unsere beiden Facebook Seiten Giga Hosting und Giga International eine kleine Umfrage zum Thema „Server Outsourcing“ gestartet. Die Resonanz hätte natürlich etwas größer sein können, aber 14 Personen haben immerhin ihre Stimmen abgegeben, was mir wiederum Anlass gibt, einen kurzen Blogbeitrag zu den Vorteilen eines externen Rechenzentrums zu schreiben.

Warum gibt es uns, die Giga- Hosting GmbH  eigentlich? Und warum entscheiden sich immer mehr, ihre Serverstruktur auszulagern.

Ganz klar an erster Stelle sind die Kostenfaktoren zu nennen. Die Anschaffung einer mit modernen Rechenzentren vergleichbaren Infrastruktur setzt erhebliche Investitionskosten voraus. Diese müssen von Unternehmen erst einmal erbracht werden, statt anderweitig z.B. für strategische Projekte eingesetzt werden zu können.
Nicht zuletzt sind die administrativen Kosten zu nennen, die die Instandhaltung und Verwaltung von Infrastruktur und Hardware veranschlagen.

Viele unserer Kunden greifen auf unsere vielfältigen Hosting-Lösungen zurück, um die Investitionskosten von vornherein niedrig zu halten. Denn wir konzipieren und bilden individuell auf unsere Kunden abgestimmte optimale Serverlandschaften ab. Egal ob sie virtualisierte oder dedizierte Maschinen benötigen – sie bezahlen nur das, was sie tatsächlich für ihre Projekte benötigen.

Auch das von uns angebotene Server-Housing hat einen ganz besonderen Vorteil: Wenn Kunden ihre bestehende Serverinfrastruktur bei uns im Rechenzentrum lagern, kommen sie automatisch in den Genuss unserer redundant ausgebauten Infrastruktur.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wie man sieht sind die Hauptkriterien für eine Serverauslagerung ganz klar „Geringe Investitionskosten“, „Schnelle und redundante Anbindung“ sowie „Mehr Performance“.

Ein ganz entscheidender Vorteil, von dem vor allem Giga-Hosting Kunden profitieren, liegt vor allem in unseren wettbewerbsfähigen Produkten.
Unser Bestreben, weiterhin am Markt so erfolgreich zu bestehen, kommt vor allem unseren Kunden zu Gute; denn wir arbeiten stets an besseren Angeboten und Preisen und noch besseren leistungsstärkeren Produkten.

Überzeugt Euch davon selbst kommenden Mittwoch!

 

6Feb/120

A legend says “Good Bye”: Dedicated Server XL

An era is just about to draw to a close. The GIGA Dedicated Server XL, which has been a successfull contributor to our server fleet for years, will vanish from our portfolio shortly.

This XL rootserver will only remain available for ordering from our homepage for a short while. You have got just a few more days left to grab a hold of this server at a monthly rate of 44.99 EUR. Giga-International will not offer any root server afterwards at such a low monthly rental fee.

For many many years, actually for almost a decade, the Dedicated Server XL played a vital role in Giga International's story of success. Almost nearly 7 years ago, back in January 2005, it entered it's high end position within our server portfolio, being the most powerful server then. And considering the time span of 7 years - in terms of hardware developements  an incredible long time - it was never eliminated from our portfolio.

Given the technical circumstances back then, this server was equipped with sensational 2GB RAM, an Intel Pentium IV 3,0 Ghz processor and hyperthreading technology, as well as a 250GB harddisk. It's hardware never changed and the server operates frontline, until nowadays. Like a true gentleman, it never changed it's style and elegance.

The dedicated server XL was built and configured by Giga International for their customers ever since in a number of several hundred machines.During the following years we introduced the DUAL-Core and even QUAD-Core servers with a multitude of RAM and harddisk capacity.

But, it took well over 4 years, until in Spring 2009 a new dedicated server model, the Core i7, ruled out the model XL for being the most popular server ever rented (Nonetheless, this record could not be kept for such a long time,  since it was broken by it's successor, the even more popular Dedicated Server 6-Core).

What makes this dedicated root server, which requires  - unlike to the virtual servers - to be individually built for each customer and connected in our datacenter, so special and so unique that it was kept on the hosters product portfolio for 7 years, and is still remains to be contineously requested and ordered on a daily basis by our clients?

One of the reasons might be it's Intel Processor with hyperthreading, which features a technology that was ground breaking back then, but which also still satisfies the demands of most applications using it for a 'Dual Core' substitute. Or maybe it is the fact, that it's random access memory with 2GB still suffices for each LINUX distribution and even supports the latest resource consuming WINDOWS operating systems.

Or pretty simple, it might be the incredible low price, due to the depreciation of hardware costs, of 44.99 EUR per month for a self operated server, including electric power, air condition and unlimited traffic which makes it so attractive.

However, maybe it is the charm of this little root server legend, which was placed into service shortly after the foundation of Giga International and which has ever since supported the raise and expansion of Giga International. Likewise any customer who enjoyed ordering and using one of these appliances until today.

Retain one of these budget servers and experience yourself the incredible performance our 'oldie' is still able to proof. Reserve this little symbol of 'nostalgia' during the last remaining days of it's tenure, because once vanished from our portfolio, it will not ever return.

And just like the old saying goes: Legends may sleep - but they never die.

27Dec/110

Additional Upstream: 10 Gbit/s Level 3

This winter we are going to expand our upstreams with an additional, high-quality carrier.

In addition to the already existing, extremely reliable connections via M-Net and Telia Sonera (10 Gbit/s each) there will be yet a third 10 Gbit/s connection in our datacenter available from February 2012 on. With it we're investing in a new level of redundancy for our datacenter customers. In the most unlikely event that a fibercable is going to be damaged by a excarvator or somehow else, our clients would not even notice any constraints. The two other glassfiber connections would be taking over, as in such case our high end CISCO-equipment would route the traffic automatically and without interruptions of service.

The new carrier Level 3 is widely known for his quality. Being a TIER1-carrier just like Telia Sonera it features a total of around 100 000 fiber miles worldwide. Thus, Level 3 is considered as the biggest and best-linked carrier in the world. Besides the excellent European network of Level 3 it's especially the American continent which is connected very well by the U.S. company. This makes Level 3 to the ideal choice for us, because we already have Telia Sonera as upstream carrier which is connected to 90% of all european broadbandnetworks directly. Level 3 serves 18 of world's top 20 telecom carriers.

For our customers that means - besides the formerly mentioned redundancy - that they benefit from an even broader internet bandwidth, a remarkably improved worldwide routing by using three parallel upstreams and last but definitely not least, a much better price in regards to traffic.

Further, we will offer more upstreams and peerings in the near future.

 

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Noch in diesem Winter werden wir unsere Upstreams um einen weiteren, qualitativ hochwertigen Carrier erweitern.

Voraussichtlich im Februar wird neben den beiden bereits vorhandenen, äußerst zuverlässigen Anbindungen via M-Net und Telia Sonera (jeweils 10 Gbit/s) eine weitere 10 Gbit/s-Anbindung im Rechenzentrum verfügbar sein. Damit investieren wir in ein drittes Redundanzlevel für unsere Rechenzentrumskunden. Sollte beispielsweise der seltene Fall auftreten, dass eine Glasfaserleitung durch einen Bagger oder anderweitig beschädigt wird, spüren unsere Kunden hiervon nichts: Die Internetanbindung wird durch nunmehr gleich zwei weitere Glasfasern aufrecht erhalten. Unser hochwertiges CISCO-Equipment routet in einem solchen Fall automatisch und ausfallfrei den Traffic um.

Der neue Carrier Level 3 steht weltweit für höchste Qualität. Genau wie Telia Sonera ist als er als TIER1-Carrier "upstreamfrei" und verfügt über rund 160.000 Kilometer eigene Glasfaserkabel weltweit. Damit ist Level 3 wohl der größte und am Besten vernetzte Carrier weltweit. Neben einem exzellenten europäischen Netz ist insbesondere der gesamte amerikanische Kontinent von dem US-Unternehmen bestens konnektiert. Damit stellt Level 3 für Giga-Hosting.biz eine hervorragende Ergänzung zu dem bereits bestehenden Carrier Telia Sonera dar, an den über 90 % aller europäischen Bandbreitennetze direkt angeschlossen sind. Level 3 versorgt 18 der TOP 20 Telefongesellschaften auf der Welt.

Für unsere Kunden bedeutet dies - neben der bereits eingangs erwähnten Redundanz - noch mehr zur Verfügung stehende Internetbandbreite, ein noch besseres, weltweites Routing durch den parallelen Einsatz der Upstreams von M-Net, Telia Sonera und Level 3 sowie letztlich einen noch besseren Trafficpreis.

Darüber hinaus werden in Kürze weitere Upstreams und Peerings folgen.

18Jun/110

100 % Freecooling in June!

It's summer in Munich. Although today it's a rather rainy day and the temperature isn't higher than 15 degrees during the day, it's still June and it's still one of the warmest months in the year.

With respect to the facts mentioned above it seems even more remarkable to me that both of our fully redundant air conditioning systems located on the roof of our datacenter are working in the freecooling mode (100% freecooling) right now.This freecooling mode means that there's not running a single compressor in the cooling chillers to cool down around 1500 servers in our datacenter today. The whole cooling process is done by using the cooler air from outside to cool down the water of our refrigerant curcuit. There are some pumps and ventilators left which are responsible for transporting the water and air from outside into our datacenter. But nothing else, no more power consumption.

As there's not running any compressor in our chillers at all, we're saving lots of energy. There's no doubt that we usualy save this energy during the winter and during the colder months in autumn and spring, too. However, our modern and high-quality cooling units are good enough to save this energy even during the summer - just like they are doing right now. And these savings are pure money what we redirect to our customers by making great prices and providing excellent services with highly-educated personal on site. It's a typical "win-win-situation". But in this case, we have 3 winners: The customers, the datacenter and our environment.