Since founding in 2003, Contabo has been committed to providing German quality with global availability. We focus on the stability of our Data Centers, rigorous internal processes, and high standards of our customer support.
While everyone brags about their prices, we actually deliver on this promise. For example, when choosing hardware, we not only look at the raw performance, but also on the purchase price in relation to performance and power consumption. Read more about how we keep our prices low.
At Contabo, we believe that every customer deserves a Premium Support Experience no matter if they spend thousands or just €5.99 a month. That's why we've set rigorous quality standards for our support team making sure that your experience is as good as possible. The great reviews we get only make us work harder.
Contabo GmbH was established in the spring of 2003 in Munich, the capital city of Bavaria, southern Germany. Giga-International – as it was know at that time – has steadily grown from just a single server in a data center to more than 315,000 servers today. Let's take a closer look at how this happened.
In 2009, we established a new state-of-art data center in Munich with space for more than 4,000 physical servers. Our offices were also located on site in order to ensure quick reaction time from our support team 365 days a year (including holidays and weekends).
At the beginning of 2013, we changed our company name from the aforementioned "Giga-International" to "Contabo". At that point, we also started to go beyond the traditional German market and offer our hosting services internationally.
In order to meet the increasing demand for our VPS and Dedicated Servers, we launched our second data center in Nuremberg in 2014. This new data center is capable of hosting 10.000 physical servers on the 1.700 m² data center floor. Together with the new data center, a new office was opened on site to maintain quick reaction times.
In 2020, we opened our first data center outside Europe. With locations in Central, East, and West USA, we've offered premium connectivity for all customers in the United States. Locations on other continents soon followed.
Today, 20 years since the beginning, we have grown from 2 people to a team of roughly 300 people offering servers in 11 Locations across 8 Regions on 4 continents. We are still following the same founding principles of maintaining German quality of both the server infrastructure and support team while offering incredible prices.
Senior executive and board member across multiple industries, with over two decades of C-level experience in leading telecom, hosting, and cloud infrastructure companies. He splits his time between business-changing decision-making, lecturing at the University of Münster and quality time with his family.
EY-trained German CPA and tax advisor with 14 years of track record in accounting, tax and reporting. Technology finance professional with hands-on experience in managing hosting and cloud companies. When not working with spreadsheets, he takes part in obstacle racing.
Executive and serial entrepreneur with a Silicon Valley background. Alex has 10+ years of experience in SaaS industry. He worked with 20+ hosting and cloud providers in the EU, US and India. Outside of work, he switches to growing virtual empires in video games.
Lisa is an experienced executive with over 10 years track record in building and managing HR organizations in PE-backed cloud and hosting companies. She studied General and HR Management. Besides work, Lisa is a passionate equestrian.
Software engineer turned executive with 20 years of experience in software development, mainly in the cloud industry. PhD in software architecture. In his spare time, Rémy works on DIY projects.
A seasoned executive with over 20 years of experience, primarily in running data center operations. Outside of work, Stefan enjoys baking, running and cycling.
At Contabo, we always carefully check not only the relation between the purchase price and performance offered (CPU Performance per EUR), but we also look at the energy efficiency (CPU Performance per Watt) and durability of each hardware component. This way, we can be sure that purchased hardware will be long-lasting and inexpensive to operate, which translates directly into our ability to offer low prices.
Scale & Standarization
Our prices are low because of the effects of scale. Of course, companies like AWS are bigger than us, but unlike most of our competitors, we have a fully unified hardware platform in all of our Data Centers around the world. Thanks to that, we not only get better discounts on purchase prices (which we then can pass on to our customers), but we also save money and time on maintenance.
We use proprietary optimization scripts to manage load on our servers. This way, we are able to offer stable performance for all our customers at a great price point. Also, our logistics and warehouse management are optimized to reduce waste and thus give us space to offer even better prices.
Germans are known for looking at every euro twice before spending it. And we are no different. We don't invest in premium office locations or expensive company cars. Even our CEO shares the room with 3 other people. Thanks to this lean approach, even with our low prices, we are profitable.
Years in Business
Customers in 190 Countries
VPSBenchmarks: Best VPS July 2023
2nd place in Best VPS Ranking. VDS XL NVMe proved its unmatched performance.
HostAdvice: Top 10 Windows Hosting 2023
In 2023 we were again recognized as a market leader in hosting cloud instances running Windows.
HostAdvice: Top 10 Cheap Hosting 2023
Providing great value for money is always priority at Contabo, so we are especially proud for this recognition.
VPSBenchmarks: Best VPS January 2023
Contabo wins 3rd place in the Best VPS ranking! The VDS L NVMe did well in the performance trial run by VPSBenchmarks.
VPSBenchmarks: Best VPS December 2022
Our VDS M NVMe has beaten 15 competitors in various test and got an excellent 2nd place.
HostAdvice: Top 10 Windows Hosting 2022
Our Windows VPS and Windows-based Dedicated Servers have been recognized by HostAdvice.
HostAdvice: Great Uptime Badge
HostAdvice is constantly monitoring the uptime of our services and as a recognitions for our efforts to keep a perfect uptime, has awarded Contabo with "Great Uptime" badge.
VPSBenchmarks: Best Value VPS March 2022
2nd place in the Best VPS March 2022 ranking! Our VPS S NVMe VPS did well in speed, stability and affordability tests run by VPSBenchmarks.
CHIP Hotline Test 2020: Winner in the category "Waiting Time"
In 2020 Contabo has been recognized by Chip as the winner when it comes to the waiting time among all participating hosting companies.
CHIP Hotline Test 2019: 2nd Place for Contabo
In 2019 Contabo again was recognized in the annual Chip Hotline Test. Among 15 participating server and hosting providers, Contabo finished second just 0.1 point behind the winner!
HostAdvice: Users' Choice Badge
Not only experts, but also thousands of users around the world vote for Contabo with their feet by migrating here and recommending us to friends and business partners.
German Data Center Award 2018: Contabo Wins Once Again
Contabo EU1 Data Center convinced the jury of independent data center experts and won the first prize when it comes to the increase of energy efficiency.
CHIP Hotline Test 2018: 1st Place for Contabo
We won 2018 Hotline Test, conducted by the IT magazine Chip. The support teams of 14 hosting providers were thoroughly tested and ranked in the categories waiting time, reachability, transparency and general service and we are excited to come on top of the ranking.
German Data Center Award: Recognitions for Contabo
Contabo EU2 Data Center in Nuremberg was unmatched according to the panel of independent data center experts was recognized as the best when it comes to the energy efficiency.
CHIP Hotline Test 2016: Contabo rated #1!
Once again, Contabo finishes first in the comprehensive CHIP Hotline Test, namely in the category "Waiting Time". Among all tested hosting providers, no one but Contabo could be reached quicker via telephone, resulting in the shortest waiting time and winning in that category!
CHIP Hotline Test 2015: Contabo the Fastest Server Provider
As part of the CHIP Hotline Test 2015 Contabo emerged as the winner in the category "Speed" among several tested hosting providers from Germany. No other server provider but Contabo was available at so many different times during day and night and was able to offer such a fast reaction time.
HostAdvice: Excellent Service Badge
Year after year we are subject to a rigorous review from HostAdvice regarding our Customer Support and each year we manage to keep the badge for excellent customer service.
Contabo recognized by Deloitte
Contabo ranked as one of the fastest growing technology companies at the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA 2014 ranking and as 6th fastest growing tech company in Germany.
The first pillar of our approach is maintaining strict access rules, to make sure that no one unauthorized has access to our Data Centers. This includes constant CCTV monitoring and access control based on magnetic cards.
Following the Process
We believe that sticking to our processes at all times gives the highest guarantee of maintaining high security for our Customers. We can't talk about the details of our security precautions but, as one of Contabo co-founders put it: "We are obsessed with security".
Our approach to security would not be complete without getting our Customers involved. That is why, we are insisting on using 2 Factor Authentication and we require you to authorize every person contacting us from a new email regarding your customer account.
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