8Jul/130

10 years Contabo in pictures: Part 2

In our last blog post we have already given you an overview about the history of Contabo since its foundation.

Now we would like to move on into 2006. For a better understanding keep again an eye on the chronicle of Contabo:

Contabo through the ages

In March 2006 we opened our first office in the heart of Munich. During a long night session we set up several tables, chairs and computers in our new office which was located in a mixed building with offices and apartments. That’s why it wasn’t really surprising (but for us it somehow was at this moment) when an angry neighbor complained about our noisy furniture assembly and installation.
So we finished our hammering, drilling and screwing at 3 o’clock in the morning and continued on the next day.
Thanks to our apology and a bottle of red wine the domestic peace could be restored again.

According to our former company size our first office was very small and contemplative. Nevertheless, nothing was missing.
Right from the beginning a “Coke”-refrigerator of the brand “Bosch” in 50s retro style had been ordered and has been providing us with refreshments until today. By the way, the purchase price was 700 Euros plus delivery expenses.

 

Impressions from 2006 of our first office:

 

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Unfortunately, we didn’t stay in the office for a long time although we had been blessed with a delicious food infrastructure like Mc Donald’s, Pizza Hut and several Döner restaurants because of its location in the middle of the city center.
We took advantage of the possibility to use a small data center in the middle of Munich operated by the carrier Tiscali with exclusive access to our servers.  Tiscali itself stopped all its business in Germany at this time because they didn’t perform profitably any more. Further details of the Italian telecommunications company which was our partner at that time can be found on Wikipedia.
In 2007 we split all of our servers in two different locations; one was located in Frankfurt and one in Munich. At the same time we moved our office to the former office rooms of Tiscali to operate near our servers. This gave us the possibility, in the event of any server problems, to react instantly at any time.
This relocation was the kick off of our colocation and housing product offers.
From this time, customers had the possibility to colocate their own server hardware in our data center and to benefit from a very fast internet connection, from excellent international routing, redundant air-conditioning and power supply. The number of servers increased rapidly.

 

Impressions from 2007 of the data center in Munich:

 

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The racks of Rittal shown on the pictures above have been taken over from Tiscali by us later on and are still in use in our data center.

 

Impressions of our 2nd office at Tiscali:

 

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We left the building in 2009 when we opened our today’s office and data center in Giesing/ Munich.

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

27Jun/110

Number of the month: 2 + 7 = Decent Temperature!

Outside, red hot and tropical weather conditions, but the servers located at Giga-Hosting's datacenter, always keep a 'cool processor'. Thanks to 7 climate cabinets in our datacenter and to 2 cooling units on the roof top, a consistent decent temperature is kept, to care for the servers on our server floor.

In April 2011, the second level of our air conditioning system was implemented and this upgraded the former cooling capacity by another 150%.

7 Air Conditioning Cabinets / Recirculation Cooling Units

The 7 air conditioning cabinets are mounted in our data center on various locations. Our recirculating cooling units absorb the warm air stream exhausted by our servers on the ceiling level of the datacenter. This air is afterwards chilled by cold water, which is pumped through two cooling units on the roof top of the building and taken down to the server floor again. The cooled air will then be blown out through the grills of our double layered pressure floor directly underneath the servers.

2 Cooling Units

The 2 cooling units are roof top mounted, directing towards Munich's centre. The warm water from the data center is pumped up to cooling units above. It gets chilled in there and is being pumped down again to the datacenter below. If the temperature outside is cooler than at the inside, air condition is not only controlled by compressors but also substituted by using ambient air. Such results in energy savings and therefore cost reductions. Giga-Hosting's clients do definitely benefit from this effieciency directly.

This 'free-cooling', permanently remote controlled system disposes of 2 water circulations, separated from each other. In fact, two completely independent and redundant systems in each aspect are implemented. All pipes and drains for the air conditioning, but as well all electrical wiring was installed twofold. That stands to reason that we keep consistent decent temperatures in our datacenter for the server's "wellness".  Equally do the employees at Giga International feel well, as they are taken care of by chilling them in air conditioned offices and pampering them with ice cream and cooled soft drinks.

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Zahl des Monats: 2+7 = Angenehme Termperatur!

Draußen ist heiß und tropisch. Aber die Server im Rechenzentrum von Giga-Hosting bewahren immer einen "kühlen Prozessor". 7 Klimaschränke/Umluftkühler im Rechenzentrum und 2 Kühlaggregate auf dem Dach sorgen für gleichbleibende angenehme Temperatur im Rechenzentrum.

Seit April 2011 haben wir die zweite Klimastufe für das Rechenzentrum implementiert. Damit wurde die Klimaleistung um nochmals 150 % erhöht.

7 Klimaschränke/Umluftkühler:

Die 7 Klimaschränke sind im über 300 qm großen Rechenzentrum verteilt aufgestellt. Die Umluftkühler saugen die durch die Server erwärmte Luft auf Höhe der Decke des Rechenzentrums an. Die Luft wird dann durch kaltes Wasser gekühlt, das von den 2 Kühlaggregaten nach unten in das Rechenzentrum gepumpt wurde. Die gekühlte Luft wird dann durch den dichten Klimadruckboden direkt bei den Server wieder ausgeblasen.

2 Kühlaggregate:

Die 2 Kühlaggregate befinden sich auf dem Dach mit Blick auf die Frauenkirche im Münchener Zentrum. Das erwärmte Wasser aus dem Rechenzentrum wird nach oben auf das Dach zu den Kühlaggregaten gepumpt. Dort wird es abgekühlt und wieder nach unten in das Rechenzentrum gepumpt.  Die Kühlung erfolgt nicht nur über die Kompressoren, sondern auch, wenn es draußen kühler als drinnen ist, über die Außenluft. Dies führt zu Einsparungen bei den Energiekosten, die dann auch an die Kunden von Giga-Hosting weiter gegeben werden können.

Das freikühlende und ständig remote überwachte System hat zwei getrennte Wasserkreisläufe. Es existieren zwei in jeder Hinsicht eigenständige, redundante Klimatisierungssysteme. Sämtlich Rohre für die Kühlung und auch die elektrischen Zuleitungen sind doppelt gelegt. Dadurch herrschen im Rechenzentrum immer gleichbleibend angenehme Temperaturen und die Server "fühlen sich wohl". Aber auch die Mitarbeiter von Giga-Hosting bewahren durch eine Klimatisierung der Büroräume, durch Eis und kühle Getränke auch bei schwierigen Anfragen einen kühlen Kopf.

13May/110

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