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.

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.

27Apr/112

Number of the month: 2

Almost exactly 2 years ago we established a new datacenter with enough room for 4000 servers in Munich. This has been done in order to face the growing demand in colocation and dedicated servers and to reach an even higher quality level. The same building also contains our office rooms which enables us to deliver excellent support, 365 days a year (also on holidays and weekends).

When we started up, we had just one single server in the data center, but we are now already on the threshold of exceeding 1500 servers – and our business is expanding at an ever-increasing rate. The high level of customer satisfaction we have achieved through professional organization and a competent and always friendly support.

There is also another interesting number 2 of the month: First we had during the 2 years not a single power outage in our data center. Second, we also had no single failure of our internet connection. Other data centers would be pleased with such values that cannot be taken for granted. We owe this mainly to our high technical standards and equipment and of course our technical team.

We can take a little bit proud. It shows us that we are on the right track.

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Zahl des Monats: 2

Seit fast genau vor 2 Jahren haben wir in München ein neues Rechenzentrum für Server- und Colocation-Angebote mit Platz für 4000 Server eröffnet, um der steigenden Nachfrage und dem hohen Qualitätsanspruch unserer Kunden gerecht zu werden. Im selben Gebäude befinden sich seither auch unsere Büroräume, um einen exzellenten Support, 365 Tage im Jahr (auch an Feiertagen und Wochenenden), gewährleisten zu können.

Starteten wir zu Gründerzeiten noch mit einem einzigen Server im Rechenzentrum, so sehen wir uns heute bereits die Schwelle von 1500 Servern überschreiten - und wir wachsen immer schneller. Die hohe Kundenzufriedenheit haben wir durch professionelle Organisation und einen kompetenten und immer freundlichen Support erreicht.

Außerdem gibt es eine weitere interessante Zahl 2 des Monats: Erstens hatten wir innerhalb der 2 Jahren keinen einzigen Stromausfall in unserem Rechenzentrum. Zweitens hatten wir ebenso keinen einzigen Ausfall unserer Internetanbindung. Andere Rechenzentren würden sich über solche Werte freuen, die nicht als selbstverständlich vorausgesetzt werden können. Wir verdanken dies hauptsächlich unseren hohen technischen Standards, der Ausstattung und natürlich unserem Technikteam.

Darauf können wir zu Recht ein bisschen stolz sein. Es zeigt uns, dass wir auf dem richtigen Weg sind.