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Contabo: A Variety of Services, State-of-the-Art Hardware and Competitive Pricing

Written by: , Sep. 6, 2017

Markus Heimerl, Marketing Manager of Contabo

Founded in 2003 and formerly known as Giga-International, this company changed its name to Contabo, a shortened version of its vision of content across borders. In keeping with this vision, Contabo strives to deliver both private users as well as small to medium businesses state-of-the-art hardware at an affordable price. To learn more about this German company with customers from all over the world, we interviewed Contabo’s marketing manager, Markus Heimerl.

Quote from inteview with Markus Heimerl, Marketing manager at Contabo


PHPNET: Strong Relationships with Customers as Core Value

Written by: , Aug. 9, 2017

Interview with Thierry Tatin, Datacenter Director for PHPNET

A French company dedicated to serving its local customer base, PHPNET has a customer base of 15,000 with over 50,000 sites on their own servers and 30,000 hosted domains. It prides itself on developing a close relationship with its customers. We talked in-depth with their datacenter director, Thierry Tatin, to learn more about this web hosting company located in Grenoble, the capital of the French Alps.

Hostadvice interview with PHPnet's Thierry Tatin


SUSE OpenStack Cloud 7 & Container as a Service (CaaS) Platform

Written by: , Jul. 31, 2017

HPE & Micro Focus Launch Enterprise OpenStack & Kubernetes CaaS on SUSE Linux

SUSE Linux announced the release of their Kubernetes "Container as a Service" (CaaS) platform based on SUSE MicroOS at the LinuxCon (Beijing) in June of 2017. The SUSE CaaS Platform combines with the SUSE OpenStack 7 distribution to provide complete cloud data center management solutions for enterprise corporations, government agencies, higher education, & non-profit groups. SUSE Linux is one of the oldest and most trusted enterprise Linux distributions with more than 25 years experience in open source development. The SUSE CaaS Platform & OpenStack 7 distro both represent the latest products from a new corporate entity that combines professional programming teams from Micro Focus, HPE, Autonomy, & the original "Software und System-Entwicklung" (SUSE) Linux company based in Germany.



DigitalOcean: Minimize Complexity, Focus on Transparency and Affordability

Written by: , Jul. 31, 2017

Interview with Shiven Ramji, VP of Product for DigitalOcean

While many web hosting companies provide solutions for customers with little technical knowledge, but DigitalOcean is passionate about simplifying web infrastructure and building a product that developers love. With over 2.5 million unique visitors per month and 1700 tutorials, it's one of the most comprehensive libraries of open source resources available, while at the same time allowing for transparency and good pricing. We had the opportunity to talk with VP of Product Shiven Ramji about the future for this fast-growing company.

Hostadvice Digital Ocean interview


CoreOS Tectonic: Container Linux,, rkt, & etcd

Written by: , Jul. 28, 2017

Lightweight Linux Distro for Native Kubernetes Web Server Clusters & SaaS Apps

CoreOS, the cloud software development company that manages the Container Linux distribution, recently released Tectonic version 1.64 (5/31/2017) which provides a quick and easy way to deploy a Kubernetes cluster for web/mobile app support on AWS or a self-hosted cloud server network. Core OS has over 100 open source software projects under company development on GitHub including etcd, flannel, rkt, Ignition, Clair, Matchbox, dex, and prometheus-operators. Tectonic is free to use for Kubernetes clusters of up to 10 nodes, after which a number of different enterprise, data center, & business licenses are available with professional technical support. is another cloud SaaS product offered by CoreOS under proprietary license which helps DevOps teams manage container snapshots with Docker or rkt, Kubernetes clusters, Container Linux, & CoreOS Tectonic in production at scale. includes container snapshot management features with integrated security, analytics, billing, monitoring, repository builds, automated backups, and version control for web server stack software with advanced GitHub, Bitbucket, or Gitlab support (Dockerfile Build Triggers).


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