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…

2Jul/130

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:

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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.

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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:

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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:

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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…

12Jun/130

Contabo through the ages! The story so far…

Contabo celebrates its 10th birthday. We would like to take this opportunity to give you a short look back on the history of our hosting company.

Over the last years a lot has changed at Contabo, formerly Giga-International. However, our main concern always has remained the same:

Our corporate goals:
Right from the beginning we were focused on customer satisfaction. Right from the beginning we realized that only satisfied customers are happy customers.
We have remained committed to our goals since our company has been founded. The customer had been king, in the past as well as in the present.

Our products:
Our product range has grown a lot within the last years. 10 years ago, in 2003, we started with just 3 webspace and 2 dedicated server offers. Now, 10 years later, we offer more than 18 different products, and don’t forget all the further configurations that are possible with that.

Webspace:
Our webspace plans have gone through a tremendous change over the last years, but, fortunately, to the benefit of our customers.
The power has doubled and more than doubled over the years, but the price has significantly dropped regarding the price-performance ratio.

In the following, you will find a comparison about our webspace plans and how they have changed over the last years.
(The following graphics are only available in German language because from 2003 to 2006 our products had been offered only to customers based in Germany.)

 

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Webspace in 2007:

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Webspace in 2013:

Contabo Webspace in 2013

 

Server:
Our former server portfolio is no longer recognizable.
In the following you find a brief comparison of the "Intel Pentium III" offered in 2003 with our current smallest root server in offering, our "Dedicated Server Duo."

Please note the huge difference in price despite extreme power difference:

Contabo Server 2003

The calculation is quite simple:
Today (2013), we offer
- 6x more memory (RAM),
- 10x more disk space and bandwidth,
- for a 9x cheaper price.

 

VPS:
A relevant event in the history of Contabo was the introduction of our three VPS plans in May 2010. Right from the beginning they enjoyed immense popularity and they had been and still being sold like hotcakes. Reason for that might be the special price-performance ratio that we offer  :-).
At the product launch our customers benefit from 2 GB RAM and 100 GB HDD for just 9.99 Euros. Now, several years later, they get 4 GB (guaranteed) RAM and 200 GB HDD for the same price.
But one fact always remained the same:  all VPS are connected with 100 Mbit/s to the Internet and come with unlimited traffic. In addition to that, each VPS is delivered with root rights and it can be chosen out of a wide range of operating systems

As you can see, we strive to continually develop and optimize our products and services and always try to meet the wishes of our customers.

 

Website Relaunch:
In April 2010, our official website was completely redone and freshly designed. Our customers should benefit and take advantage of an easier handling within the ordering process, appearance and information flow.
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The most important milestones of Contabo:

Contabo through the ages

 

1Jan/130

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Contabo (formerly known as Giga-International) wishes you all a happy and healthy New Year.

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13May/110

NEW at Giga-Hosting: Giga Linux Cluster

The cluster system for your individual requirements. High performance, high stability and low price.

Regardless which hardware component might fail or how the number of web site visitors might increase - your web presence will remain 24/7 online.

The Giga Linux Cluster is built not only to prevent service outages, but also to provide the full capacity of all cluster servers during standard operation. This leads to a reduction of the response times even in the face of increasing load due to an increasing amount of web site visitors or complex applications. With the Giga Linux Cluster, there are no IT-related boundaries anymore to the growth of your company.

The Giga Linux Clusters offers four advantages:

  1. Reliability - high availability of your site
  2. Scalability - easy and rapid expansion
  3. Load balancing - cost effective utilization of resources
  4. Data security - don't take a risk

More can be found here ...

We take care of the details

It goes without saying that the experienced staff of Giga-International is taking care of each and every detail in accordance with your personal requirements: Assistance and consultation, initial configuration of the servers and the network infrastructure, adjustment of technical parameters in close collaboration with you and the permanent technical service for the cluster. You can sit back!

Giga Linux Cluser has unbeatable prices

Fair acconting of the individual configuration and no monthly costs. You only pay for the dedicated servers that are deployed within the cluster. The exact prices and contact details are here ...

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The same text in German / Der gleiche Text in Deutsch

Das Clustersystem für Ihre individuellen Bedürfnisse. Hochperformant, sicher und preiswert.

Egal, welche Hardware ausfällt oder wie sehr sich Ihre Besucherzahl vervielfacht - Ihre Webpräsenz bleibt immer 24/7 online.

Mit dem Giga Linux Cluster vermeiden Sie nicht nur Ausfälle, es kann auch im Normalbetrieb die Kapazität aller Server genutzt und modular erweitert werden, um so (z.B. bei Web-Applikationen) die Antwortzeiten selbst bei stetig zunehmender Serverlast durch wachsende Besucherzahlen oder aufwändigere Anwendungen zu verringern. Ihrem Wachstum sind seitens der IT damit endlich keine Grenzen mehr gesetzt.

Der Giga Linux Cluster bietet vier Vorteile:

  1. Ausfallsicherheit - für eine hohe Verfügbarkeit Ihres Angebots
  2. Skalierbarkeit - für einfache und schnelle Erweiterungen
  3. Lastverteilung - für eine kosteneffiziente Auslastung
  4. Datensicherheit - gehen Sie kein Risiko ein

Mehr dazu finden sie hier ...

Wir kümmern uns um die Details

Selbstverständlich übernimmt das Expertenteam von Giga-Hosting für Sie sämtliche Details, ganz nach Ihren Wünschen: Beratung, initiale Konfiguration der Server und der Netzwerkinfrastruktur, Anpassung von technischen Parametern in Absprach mit Ihnen und die dauerhafte, technische Betreuung des Clusterbetriebs. Sie können sich zurück lehnen!

Giga Linux Cluster ist unschlagbar preiswert

Faire Abrechnung der individuellen Konfiguration und keine monatlichen Kosten. Sie bezahlen lediglich für die dedizierten Server, die im Cluster zum Einsatz kommen. Die genauen Preise und Kontaktmöglichkeiten finden Sie hier ...


1Jun/100

V-Servers available at Giga-International!

It’s about time: Our V-Servers are finally available for international customers!

We've invested countless hours during the past few months and we haven’t been afraid of necessary expenses to provide you with a rock-solid product, paired with a great mix of technical features for a small price. According to our slogan “Think bigger, think Giga!” here they come! Giga-International V-Servers at an excellent cost-performance ratio.

For only 9.99 EUR / month we provide a high-performance Intel-CPU with four cores, 2 GB of RAM – guaranteed! - and a hard disk of 100 GB. You need more power? Check out our V-Servers 'L' and 'XL'. They will definitely meet your requirements, that's for sure! With a guaranteed amount of RAM of up to 8 GB and 400 GB of hard disk space you definetly won't regret choosing Giga-International. Just like our dedicated servers, our V-Servers are connected to a 100 Mbps port paired with unlimited traffic. And, of course, you'll gain full root and administrator access to the machine installed with an operating system of your choice.

And there is something more to complete this 'all-in-one-package': Our great customer support, available 365 days a year, even on holidays and on weekends, from 8 am to 11 pm (available by telephone or e-mail), is included!

During market launch only: Order your new GIGA V-Server today and your virtual machine will come without a setup fee!

Check our offers on your own: Our V-Server offers

13Apr/101

Artwork from our datacenter

We have a professional webdesigner, Werner, who is responsible for any new designs, advertising material, the relaunch of our homepages and also for printed stuff. Everytime we need a new design of sth., we ask him, and 1 day later we get it. That's a great partnership lasting since our foundation in 2003 already.

1-2 years ago I asked him to create an artwork for a picture we'd like to fix next to our datacenter entrance area. This picture is still hanging right there and it is spotted by every customer visiting our datacenter.
Its message underscores how we think and how we feel about the heart of our business - our own datacenter in Munich, Germany, in which every server from all over the world is more than welcome, does't matter where it comes from!

What do you think about it? 🙂

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