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…

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

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.

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.

25Oct/110

Meet us on Facebook!

As of today, Giga-International.com is presenting their official website on FACEBOOK.

Like in our company blog, we would like to use this platform to inform all interested folks specifically about our products, new developments, some interesting details about our day-to-day business and, not to forget, about ourselves.

In addition, you can post your comments regarding our input via your regular FACEBOOK account. That way, you can communicate with our staff nearly “face-to-face”. We are looking forward to receiving your feedback, your proposals and your opinion in general with regard to several topics – even apart from the hosting environment.

Giga-International's entire team is contributing with news and status reports on FACEBOOK, to provide you with an open minded view on our own ideas and perspectives.

We cordially invite you to become a ‘follower’ and gain a deeper insight into our enterprise. We would be grateful for any kind of feedback. And should you generally like our homepage and our service, why not clicking the commonly well known “Like” symbol? We appreciate any fan 🙂

Visit our homepage on http://www.facebook.com/pages/Giga-International/161405220619366

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.