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…

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.)

 

Webspace in 2003:Webspace in 2003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Webspace in 2007:

Contabo Webspace 2007

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

 

15Jan/132

High demand for our VPS and Dedicated Servers!

Short after our company name change we reduced the prices of our dedicated and virtual servers and some of our upgrades.
Since last week our high-end server “Dedicated Server X”, which includes a powerful Intel Core i7 3930K processor, 64 GB DDR3-RAM and 256 GB SSD with 6 Gbit/s + 3 TB HDD, can already be ordered at the ridiculously low cost of 109.99 EUR/ month.
Have a look on our server overview at http://contabo.com/?show=servers – our prices of all other servers are quite reasonable as well.

Furthermore, we doubled the performance of our Virtual Private Servers (VPS). From now on, our customers get 16 GB RAM for only 29.99 EUR/ month. These 16 GB RAM are guaranteed to be available, contrary to other offers. You get 100% performance in full!
In addition to that the virtual machine offers 800 GB HDD and 4 cores with 3,2 Ghz each. All together for just 29.99 EUR/ month is a more than excellent cost-benefit ratio, in our opinion.

The consequences of the price reduction are not really very surprising for us but very pleasing. Every day our support team, that is responsible for new customers and for the setup of all ordered hosting products, is doing a great job by providing almost instant setup, usually within a few hours after receipt of payment.

When we checked our new orders today at 10.30 in the morning we already recorded new orders of
- 30 VPS and
- 4 Dedicated Servers.
We are already excited what count we are going to reach at the end of the day ;-).

Parallel to all the new orders the volume of support requests increases. Reasons for that are not because of errors or malfunctions of our server hardware – most of the support enquiries contain individual requests, technical issues and the startup procedure of the servers by the customers.
Even in times when more assistance is required by our customers we are taking care of every phone and email enquiry instantly, often only within a few minutes.
In short: Contabo is able to provide competent instant service and also care for individual requirements someone may have. The office is occupied from 8 am to 11 pm on 365 days a year including holidays and weekends.

We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all our new and existing customers. Thank you for having placed your trust in us! We promise to keep on working hard to provide optimum service in combination with an excellent price performance ratio.
For further questions or a detailed product advice feel free to contact our support team (support@contabo.com). We are looking forward to your request.

27Dec/120

Giga-International becomes Contabo!

Contabo.comNow it’s official. Our company name has changed to Contabo!
As of today Giga-International will operate under a new company name called Contabo GmbH. The re-branding is just the first step for a global expansion that we have in mind.

The new year 2013 has begun and we have taken this opportunity to bring a long pending resolution alive. We changed the company name from Giga-International to Contabo.
After careful preparations the long-sought name change has finally been implemented.

There are several reasons for this new company name change. Contrary to the former name, the trademark Contabo is now also protected on an international level. Another reason is: Have you had to type the URL giga-international.com in the past, which is relatively long and afflicted with special characters, to find our site, this can be managed easier and faster from now on: Contabo.com – that’s all.

The new name Contabo will represent us globally in the future. It fits to our business in many ways. For example, one possible interpretation of Contabo, standing for “content across borders”, could be the international orientation of our company which operates worldwide.

Our focus does not change. The new company name is nothing but a continuance of our previous company name, Giga-International. Our customers can still rely on the quality and top service level they are used to. The company, the staff, the managing directors and owners, the data center, the technical features, the goals and the high level of service. Everything remains just the same.”

Our company as a legal entity remains untouched equally to the legal relationship between the customers and Giga-International, now Contabo GmbH.

With immediate effect the new company homepage can be found at http://contabo.com.
Our facebook page can be found at http://www.facebook.com/ContaboCOM from now on. Do you like our new name? We are glad to read your feedback on Facebook.

We wish you the best possible start to the new year and look forward to a further successful partnership!

31Oct/120

Attention please!

Attention To all English-speaking blog readers, customers of Giga-International and interested persons. With immediate effect we set up a new blog just in English language.

From now on please check our new official blog of Giga-International.com and inform yourself  about news, promotions, special offers and company internals.

Follow this link to our new blog: http://blog.giga-international.com/

If you are still intersted in our German blog click here: http://blog.giga-hosting.biz/

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21May/120

A customer’s gift for Giga-International

One of our customers has created a gift for us. He created a really nice website including a flash movie about us:

http://giga-international-lovers.com

He presented it to us with the words "And I'm Proud To Be One Of Giga-International Customers".

You can imagine how happy we are having received this amazing animation. Thank you so much!!

This gift is definetly an appeal for us to keep up our efforts in order to provide really good services and products to all of our customers.

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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