15 years of netcup: From a basement start-up to an international webhosting provider

30.06.2017, Kategorie: Press Releases

Press release dated 22.06.2017

Karlsruhe – This month, the internet provider netcup will be celebrating its 15th anniversary. Since its founding in June, 2002, the provider has evolved from a one-man operation to a successful, international webhosting provider. More than 50,000 customers are now using netcup’s products and services.

“I was still finishing my secondary school education and living at home when I registered the domain name netcup.de, registered my business and took my first steps as an entrepreneur”, recalled Felix Preuß, Managing Director of netcup GmbH. While studying for his university entrance exams, the young entrepreneur offered services in web design, programming and hardware installation. Three years later, Preuß expanded his service offerings to include webhosting, marking the start of his now successful business.

The success of vServer

This gained momentum in 2007, when Felix Preuß founded the company Preuß & Werner GbR, together with Oliver Werner. “Oliver Werner contributed a wealth of technical know-how and lots of good ideas”, reflected Felix Preuß. The young entrepreneurs’ first coup was the development of the “vServer”, which has since become netcup’s most successful product, a product that is still undergoing continued development. In the past years, netcup has repeatedly come out on top, winning various webhosting awards in the vServer category. Most recently, in May, 2017, netcup was awarded platinum at the coveted Hosting Awards.

New server offerings: The product portfolio continues to grow

The internet provider’s next step was in 2008, when they moved from being a partnership (GbR – partnership under the German civil code) to a private limited company (GmbH). “From this point forward, we focused more on our webhosting service and cut back on our web design offerings. We have since been offering other types of webhosting, in addition to managed servers and managed virtual servers,” said Preuß. In the coming years, netcup GmbH not only stood its ground in a highly competitive market, it also continued to develop at breakneck speed.

Point of contact for resellers and other webhosting companies

With the introduction of the VCP (vServer Control Panel) administrative interface, which, since 2011, has enabled netcup customers to configure their own virtual servers, netcup also piqued the interest of third party service providers. In addition to full process administration, the web interface also includes a comprehensive firewall that allows users to define their own security rules. Several user levels and special functions for resellers make this web interface particularly attractive to resellers. “With the netcup VCP, they can automatically add new customers and servers, match their performance, and block or delete vServers”, explained Felix Preuß. He further explained, “Using the web interface, other webhosts can reduce the amount of effort they put into support and administration. Together with the solutions offered by managed cloud clusters, they can even operate an optimized vServer platform.” The netcup VCP continued to undergo development and has since been merged with the netcup SCP (Server Control Panel), which also makes it possible to manage dedicated servers.

In 2012, after joining DENIC, the registration authority for the .de domain, the internet provider stepped to it once again and worked on building up its infrastructure. Adding to the existing DE-CIX, Level3 carrier connection, in 2014 netcup put into operation another uplink, with a capacity of 10 Gbits/s to Core-Backbone, which is already redundant with respect to the existing uplink. “Because of the network’s sheer size, the traffic volume from and to Core-Backbone had increased. Another uplink was not only an investment in an additional redundancy, it also greatly increased our internet connection capacity”, Preuß explained.

Internationalization and the “Made in Germany” seal of quality

In 2015, netcup GmbH expanded into the international market with netcup.eu. The mid-sized company set the course to internationalize the netcup brand in the third quarter of that year: After a direct network connection was established to prominent European DSL and mobile network providers in August, they established their European network in September with a point of presence in Frankfurt. While an increasing number of German webhosting companies were being bought up by international companies and taking their servers abroad, netcup made stamping their webhosting and server offerings with “Made in Germany” a part of their growth strategy.

Strategic alliance with Anexia

Their successful internationalization opened the doors for a strategic alliance with the Austrian IT company Anexia in 2016. “Our position should improve the market position of both companies. We collaborate on innovative products and services, but continue to manage both companies independently”, comments Felix Preuß. The first joint success of the new alliance was already in evidence after a few weeks: netcup expanded its network structure to include a direct network connection to the Anexia Backbone.

Anniversary offer: vServers at a discounted rate

To mark this anniversary, netcup is offering some vServers and .de domains at 15% off the current price. The Generation 7 Second Edition (1000, 2000 and 4000) root server is available for as low as 6.79 Euros and up per month, with a minimum run time of 12 months, and the Generation 7 Second Edition (500 to 2000) VPS is available for as low as 3.39 Euros per month and up – also with a minimum runtime of 12 months. .de domains are already available for 15 cents per month, plus a registration fee of 1.50 Euros.

You can find further information at: www.netcup.eu

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More computing performance and memory capacity: netcup presents new Generation 7 root servers

06.06.2016, Kategorie: Press Releases

Press release dated 06.06.2016

root-server-generation7Karlsruhe – The Internet provider netcup (www.netcup.eu) has added further high-performance root servers to its portfolio. The new Generation 7 root servers are equipped with the latest Intel® XEON® processors with Broadwell architecture. Up to eight dedicated kernels per root server are now available in the new root server generation. DDR4 ECC-tested modules of 2400 MHz clock rate are used as RAM.

Instead of the 99.6 per cent minimum availability guaranteed up to now, the Generation 7 root servers now achieve a guaranteed minimum availability of 99.9 per cent on a yearly average. netcup thus offers a highly available, redundant IT infrastructure for discerning companies. As almost all customers of the European DSL providers are also connected directly to the netcup infrastructure, the minimum availability can be increased further again. „For years we have been investing in a network connection with multiple redundancy and in a redundant power supply, and are constantly expanding these. We have also done a lot in the field of security, in particular regarding the avoidance of DDoS attacks. For instance, we provide a free-of-charge DDoS filter for each root server,“ says Oliver Werner, Managing Director of netcup GmbH.

The new root servers are offered by netcup under the names RS 2000 – RS 8000 with 8, 16, 24 or 32 GB RAM, in each case as an SAS or as an SSD version. „With both the SAS and the SSD hard disks, we use fast and secure RAID10 and thus guarantee a high fail safety and write/read speed. As far as memory capacity is concerned, 1.5 TB of hard disk memory is available with the largest model of the SAS variant. In contrast, the SSD variant offers less memory capacity but is substantially quicker,“ adds Oliver Werner.

In addition to the new root servers, netcup also continues to offer low-cost virtual private servers (VPS) with a guaranteed minimum availability of 99.6 per cent on a yearly average. Like the root servers, they are virtualised by KVM but do not include any dedicated CPU kernels. Instead, several instances share several CPU kernels if necessary. Only branded hardware from Hewlett Packard Enterprise is used in the root servers and in the VPS. Furthermore, the servers from netcup, with remote management console, DVD drive, snapshot management, a large selection of pre-configured images and the possibility of importing and exporting images, offer numerous additional features.

You can find further information at: www.netcup.eu

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netcup Expands Network Structure, Adds Direct Network connection with Liberty Global

07.03.2016, Kategorie: Press Releases

Press Release from 07/03/2016

netcup_anbindung_2016_1_kleinKarlsruhe, Germany – The internet provider netcup (www.netcup.eu) has expanded its network structure by adding direct network connection with Liberty Global, one of the largest global broadband providers. The media group is present in 12 European countries and supplies Internet access to the majority of German households via its German subsidiary Unitymedia GmbH.

„By adding the network connection we have increased our data transfer speed even more. Plus the reliability and data security of our own infrastructure has been improved thanks to the additional Internet nodes,“ Oliver Werner, Managing Director of netcup GmbH said. „This new cooperation also enables us to cut the latency of our data packet and manage the capacity reserves of our transmission lines more effectively,“ he adds.

netcup began connecting its internal infrastructure to several major network operators, such as Deutsche Telekom AG, last year, and commissioned its own Point of Presence (PoP) in the FFA4 datacentre of Interxion in Frankfurt. The redundant connection to the pre-existing most important Internet nodes, DE-CIX, N-IX and the direct network link to Liberty Global and Deutsche Telekom, results in a capacity of 111 GBit/s for the entire connection. „This high-speed data link means our root server has reached a guaranteed availability and a maximum reliability of 99.9%, allowing us to provide high-demand, international companies with a highly available, redundant IT infrastructure,“ Oliver Werner said.

Netcup has also announced that it will be driving forward the connection of its infrastructure to DSL providers again in order to avoid capacity bottlenecks. „This expansion is necessary so that our customers can guarantee a high-speed Internet connection to their final customers,“ Werner said.

You can find further information at: Hardware and Network Infrastructure

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Strategy: Internet provider netcup to open up new business in Europe

09.11.2015, Kategorie: Press Releases

Press Release from 11/09/2015

Europa FlaggeKarlsruhe – The Internet provider netcup (www.netcup.de) is to open up new business markets in Europe. netcup CEO Felix Preuß announced this week, „We are ready to meet the challenges of internationalisation. With the outstanding quality of our hardware, the high server availability of 99.6% and a rapid, multilingual support team, we have the potential to establish ourselves on the international market.“

The SME laid the foundations for internationalisation of the netcup brand during the third quarter of this year. Following the creation of a direct network connection to renowned DSL and wireless service providers in Europe in August, September saw the expansion of the European network with its own point of presence in Frankfurt.

While more and more German webhosters are being bought by international groups and moved abroad along with their servers, netcup GmbH, with its range of server and web hosting services, is continuing to make the Made in Germany seal of approval the focus of its growth strategy. “With servers based in Nuremberg, we can provide future businesses and individuals throughout Europe with data protection as well as environmental and security standards that comply with German law”, explains Felix Preuß. He also sees additional opportunities resulting from using this growth strategy: “Not only do we benefit from the high level of data protection that we have here in Germany, the consistent legislation of German case law is also causing many foreign companies and consumers to choose service providers and business partners based in Germany.

As part of the internationalisation process, netcup will provide its customers with an English-language website in addition to the German one. “This allows us to provide more people with convenient access to our products and, above all, to ensure the transparency of our portfolio”, says Preuß. Internal administration panels have been available in English for a long time now.

netcup’s KVM-based root servers excel thanks to their high-quality branded hardware, multiple redundant internet uplinks and an uninterruptible power supply. At the recent HOSTtest vote, netcup was well positioned as the “Best Webhoster” in the “vServer” category. “We are ready for a new era as a European webhoster from Germany”, says Felix Preuß.

You can find further information at: www.netcup.eu

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