2016 We launch worldwide and in Turkey.
2014 The new STRATO website builder lets you easily create beautiful websites. Thanks to responsive designs that are also optimized for mobile use on various end devices.
2013 We celebrate the debut of the Haswell server: STRATO is the first European hosting service to offer the new Intel CPU. A web gallery is added to our online storage HiDrive - with the click of a mouse, attractive web albums can be created from saved pictures by using Share Gallery.
2011 We start worldwide with HiDrive Free - 5 GB of free online storage. As one of the leading providers of online storage in Germany, STRATO now also enters the global market.
2010 We bring the world's first cloud computing solution on the market with HiDrive for business and private users.
2008 STRATO converts data center operations to CO2-neutral electricity. For the first time in company history, we have more than 500 employees.
2006 STRATO enters the European market. Not only customers in Germany, but also ones in the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, France and Great Britain profit from web hosting packages, dedicated and virtual servers as well as online shops.
2004 STRATO is the first European web hosting service to be distinguished with the BS 7799 certification (British Standard 7799, now DIN ISO 27001) for IT and data security as well as excellent availability.
2003 We open our second data center in Berlin.
2002 We begin operations at our first private data center in Karlsruhe
and introduce our first website builder. With just a few clicks of the mouse
and without any programming knowledge at all, you can use this to design websites.
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1998 We make websites affordable for private users with a domain campaign and lay the foundation for the rapid growth of the .de domain.
1997 STRATO AG is founded in Berlin.
STRATO data centers – secure storage locations for your projects
Security and availability are the two greatest priorities of our two high-performance data centers. We have voluntarily undertaken to maintain the highest standards with regard to data protection and security – and that's in addition to Germany's strict legal requirements. The data from around four million websites and more than 60,000 servers is kept securely in our computer centers as if it were in a safe.
Hosted in Germany
At STRATO, you can be certain that your data is not stored on an unknown server overseas. Your data is stored exclusively in our two high-security data centers in Germany. This means that you are protected by German data privacy laws - some of the strictest in the world.
The security and availability of your data has been attested to by an independent TÜV certificate authority in accordance with DIN ISO 27001. Furthermore, this certification includes several security measures in the IT infrastructure itself, in the secondary technology and in the process chain. STRATO has been certified annually according to ISO 27001 since 2004. Usually, it is only organizations with critical datasets such as banks and insurance companies which are certified according to ISO 27001.
- Data mirroring between both data centers
- A battery-powered, uninterruptible power supply
- Emergency generators for autonomous operation
- Modern laser fire alarms and gas-based suppression systems
Electricity from Hydroelectric Power
We run our data centers as energy efficiently as possible and have provided them with electricity from CO2-neutral hydroelectric power since 2008. Thus, all internet sites, servers and online storage from STRATO run with CO2-neutral electricity.
The conversion to regenerative electricity was a logical decision: By saving electricity, we are already helping the environment. With regenerative electricity, the data centers can be operated in a completely climate-neutral manner.
Potential for Savings
We noticed early on at STRATO that we can lower our costs significantly by saving electricity. By taking detailed measurements, we were able to determine three areas where the greatest potential for savings could be found: hardware, air conditioning and software. Today, we save most of our electricity thanks to cold aisle containment, energy-efficient processors and customized software.
With independent developments and special designs, we save electricity where there are currently no "off the rack" solutions. We had a server network part built with 85 percent efficiency in partial load operation and a server board that is also very energy efficient when idle. We are currently testing direct outdoor cooling, which means we cool our data centers with external air as long as the external temperature is below 25°C.
Products and Support
During this year's Service Champions, Germany's largest service ranking in cooperation with DIE WELT and the Goethe University in Frankfurt, STRATO was distinguished as number one in the "web hosting providers" sector.
"Mit gutem Gewissen" (In Good Conscience) award in gold from Focus and Focus Money
STRATO was distinguished with the Germany test seal "Mit gutem Gewissen" in gold for its economical, ecological and social responsibility. The "Mit gutem Gewissen" study from Focus and Focus Money is the largest examination of sustainability for brands in Germany from a consumer's point of view.
First place for STRATO in the big web hosting provider comparison from the portal getestet.de. The jury particularly recommended the new customer service at STRATO.
Preview Award 2013 for the HiDrive App for Windows 8
Even before the beginning of the trade fair, the Windows 8 app was selected as one of the most important innovations at the CeBIT 2013 and conferred the Preview Award. The prize is given annually at the CeBIT Previews: Journalists from different media outlets vote on the most important product innovations before the trade fair.
HiDrive wins the Computerwoche test
Computerwoche confers the gold medal on the online storage STRATO HiDrive in March of 2012 at the Website Award. HiDrive beat eight other cloud storage services in the test. With a total of 35 points in the design, usability, performance and security categories, HiDrive won the test. Computerwoche judged: "Not only the price-performance ratio is good here, but also the operation and technology."
HiDrive wins Computerbild test
Computerbild, Europe's largest PC and cell phone magazine, selected STRATO HiDrive as the winner of the online storage options in the 18/2011 edition. Computerbild's conclusion: "The winner, the Strato HiDrive, is a strong internet hard drive with many useful functions." (Grade: Good)
com! Reader's choice for "Web Hoster of the Year 2011"
Due to the outstanding services and price-performance ratio, the readers of com! magazine chose STRATO as the "Hoster of the Year" (Edition 6/2011). STRATO was selected after a comprehensive survey on the topic of hosting providers. The "WorldHostingAward" was conferred for the first time on the occasion of the World Hosting Day in March of 2011.
eco Internet Award 2010
The eco - Association of the German Internet Industry - distinguished STRATO for the fourth time with the coveted eco Internet Award. The comprehensive and innovative product range, the certified security level of the data centers, the excellent customer service and everything involved in the great price-performance ratio make STRATO the winner in the "hosting" category.
PreView Award "Innovation at CeBIT 2010" - 3rd Place for STRATO HiDrive
STRATO was already distinguished before the CeBIT: At the CeBIT Previews in Hamburg and Munich, the 113 journalists present there selected STRATO HiDrive as one of the winners with a third place finish in the PreView Award for innovation at the CeBIT 2010. STRATO was the only web service to finish at the top, landing between hardware providers.
PC Praxis Reader's Choice "Web Hoster of the Year 2010"
For the fifth time, STRATO won the reader's choice award from the technical magazine PC Praxis and is thus the "Web Hoster of the Year 2010" (Edition 03/10). This victory is the third in a row for STRATO: The readers chose STRATO to be number 1 in 2007 and 2008 as well. Altogether over 38,000 readers participated in the voting.
"Price-Performance Winner" in Internet Intern
The STRATO V-PowerServer S wins the test by Internet Intern (Edition 2/2009) as the best virtual server in the under €10 price class. The editorial staff: "The winner scored with equipment and performance." The STRATO V-PowerServer was not only crowned the winner, but rather also received the "Price-Performance Winner" award.
webhostlist.de Reader's Choice "Best Provider"
In January of 2009, the readers of webhostlist.de chose STRATO as the best provider "Server - Private". STRATO thereby proves its competency on the server market yet again.
tim-Award 2008 / PC-Welt reader's choice
In its first year of existence, Germany's largest reader's choice prize, the tim-Award, goes to STRATO. Over 30,000 PC-Welt readers chose STRATO to be their number 1 in the category of "Business IT, Web Hosting". The award is given to amazing products from the areas of technology, internet and mobile (tim).
The eco association conferred the eco Award on STRATO for the third time. STRATO is the "Best Hosting Provider for Business Customers" thanks to its leading role in terms of security, technology and innovation as well as its new offer for small and medium-sized companies, the "STRATO Company Portal."
PC Praxis Reader's Choice "Web Hoster of the Year 2007"
The readers of PC Praxis chose STRATO to be the "Web Hoster of the Year 2007" (PC Praxis 1/08). This is what the chief editor Jens Fischer had to say: "Our readers are very strict with their judgments" and that is why "STRATO deserves to win the popular prize again." Therefore, after taking it in 2003 and 2004, STRATO has now won the renowned prize for the third time in five years.
Best Web Hoster in Europe for Microsoft Solutions 2007
Microsoft distinguished STRATO 2007 for the best hosting and infrastructure solutions in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East & Africa). STRATO receives the prize for its innovative "Windows Solution Server" hosting solution.
European Seal of E-Excellence in Multimedia
In 2007, STRATO won the "European Seal of E-Excellence in Multimedia" in platinum for the fourth time in a row. The European Multimedia Forum awards the quality seal to outstanding marketing strategies for extraordinary applications, technologies and services.eco-Award 2006
The eco Association placed STRATO at the top in the category of hosting providers. During the annual award ceremony, jury member and eco managing director Harald Summa commented: "STRATO has proven for years that quality web hosting does not have to be expensive. STRATO differentiates itself from competitors and sets standards."
TÜV MS Standard Service Quality
Since 2005, the TÜV (German state inspection agency) has been checking and certifying STRATO annually in the areas of service quality and customer satisfaction. The inspection areas of service culture, service reliability, complaint processing and employee qualification have received a grade of 2.0 after over 29,000 customer reviews.
PC Praxis Reader's Choice "Web Hoster of the Year 2004"
The readers of PC Praxis choose STRATO to be the "Web Hoster of the Year" in 2004 for the second time in a row. Axel Telzerow, chief editor of PC Praxis, summed it up: "The reader's choice award from PC Praxis is a coveted distinction. It says a lot about the quality, service, price-performance ratio and brand recognition. I would like to congratulate STRATO on this distinction - particularly because of its proven continuity with this second victory in a row."
PC Praxis Reader's Choice "Web Hoster of the Year 2003"
The readers of PC Praxis choose STRATO to be the "Web Hoster of the Year" in 2003. Over 30,000 readers participated in the voting for the prestigious selection.
With the business shop, STRATO presents a new generation of online shops. The integrated interface to the worldwide online marketplace eBay is unique throughout Europe. STRATO receives the coveted ASP Award 2004 in the category of Innovation from the eco Association for this.
Technology and Infrastructure
TÜV Certification ISO 27001
STRATO is particularly proud to be holding the coveted TÜV (German state inspection agency) seal in accordance with ISO 27001 (formerly BS 7799) since 2004 for the excellent availability and security of all services in the STRATO computer centers. STRATO has been certified annually according to ISO 27001 since 2004.
TÜV Certification ISO 9001
Since July of 2000, STRATO has annually received TÜV certification in the areas of customer service, development and sale of internet products and internet services as well as special IT services for private and business customers in Europe.
Datacentre Leaders’ Awards 2010
In the second year in a row, STRATO was a finalist in the category of "Improved Data Centre Energy Efficiency" for the Datacentre Leaders' Awards. Companies are distinguished here for the process that they have pursued on their way to higher energy efficiency, for measurements, benchmarks, analysis, recommendations and implementation.
Green IT Best Practice Award 2010
At the Green IT Best Practice Award 2010, STRATO was a finalist in the category of "Energy Efficient IT Systems" with its direct free cooling. Solutions were distinguished that optimize the energy efficiency of computer systems through the usage of known or new technologies or through innovative combinations.
Finalist Datacentre Leaders’ Awards 2009
In 2009, DatacenterDynamics announced the Datacentre Leaders' Awards in several categories for the third time. Through different measures, STRATO decreased energy consumption per customer by 30 percent in 18 months and was therefore a finalist in the category of "Improved Data Centre Energy Efficiency".
Since 2008, STRATO has been supplying its high power data centers in Berlin and Karlsruhe exclusively with electricity generated in a climate-neutral manner from hydroelectric power plants of the southern German NaturEnergie AG. Instead of using individual eco-packages and eco-servers, STRATO changed the complete power supply for the product portfolio to regenerative electricity without a surcharge. This helps STRATO prove that responsible behavior is possible even in the highly competitive web hosting market.
Berlin Environment Prize
The "Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland" (BUND) distinguishes STRATO with the "Berlin Environment Prize" in 2007. The BUND praises the trend-setting ecological decisions and extraordinary dedication in climate protection through the increase of energy efficiency and the conversion to regenerative electricity generated in a CO2-neutral manner.
Media Award 2014 Best Hosting Provider
STRATO wins the prestigious Media Award 2014, the annual prize for the best electronic products for consumers. The expert jury named STRATO the best provider on the Dutch market in the category of hosting, even before the other nominees Hosting2GO, Argeweb, TransIP, IS and Mijndomein.
STRATO wins the BYTE TI Award 2013
STRATO is the "Best Internet Service Provider 2013": The Spanish magazine BYTE TI distinguished the comprehensive product and solution portfolio from STRATO, which is suitable for private users as well as for small and medium-sized companies.
STRATO web shops win the MKB Best Choice award 2013
During the annual awards from the technical magazine WINMAG Pro, the web shops from STRATO were distinguished with the MKB Best Choice Award. WINMAG: "Here you do not have to worry about the technology in the background. This is done by the experts at STRATO. They make sure that you always have state-of-the-art technology thanks to regular updates."
MKB Proof Award 2012
The renowned Dutch magazine Winmag Pro distinguished the STRATO hosting products, web shops, servers and online storage HiDrive with the coveted "MKB Proof Award 2012." The jury praised, among other things, the STRATO web shops: "With just a few clicks of the mouse, you can create a complete web shop with STRATO."
HME PC Award 2009 Best Web Hosting Company
The renowned HME PC Award was conferred in November of 2009 at the HME 2009 trade fair in the Netherlands. STRATO received the title of "Best Web Hoster 2009" in the PC Award category selected by the readers. More than 50 percent of the votes were for STRATO.
In November of 2009, the new STRATO web shops were distinguished for the third time in a row, winning the "Goed Getest" Award from the renowned Dutch magazine Winmag. "The big advantage of STRATO is that you can easily and quickly begin with a web shop", Winmag Pro says. "With just a few clicks of the mouse, the web shop is ready with all of its required functions."
ContactCenterWorld Awards 2008
The STRATO service team won the bronze medal in the category of "Best Small Contact Center" at the Contact Center World Championships. Furthermore, the Berlin-based web hoster was able to make it under the finalists in the area of "Best Customer Service" thanks to its excellent service quality.
#1 UK e-commerce web hosting provider:
In October of 2007, British Web Host Directory selects STRATO as number one in UK e-commerce web hosting.
#1 UK Unix hosting provider:
In March of 2007, Web Host Directory names STRATO as number one for Unix hosting solutions in the UK.
#1 UK Shared web host:
In January of 2007, Web Host Directory picks STRATO as the number one shared web hosting provider.
#1 UK shared web host:
In November of 2006, Web Host Directory selects STRATO as number one in UK Budget web hosting.
In November of 2007, STRATO receives the "Gut getestet" award from the Dutch magazine WinMag Pro for the second time. When directly compared with the competition, STRATO not only offers a RAM guarantee, daily backups and a lot of web space, but also assumes responsibility in the area of saving energy. Since January 1, 2008, both data centers are 100% free of CO2.
In July of 2007, the Dutch technical magazine WinMag Pro tested the STRATO web shops and conferred the "Gut getestet" award after they received 4.5 of 5 possible points. WinMag Pro evaluated both the quality and the price. When directly compared to the competition, STRATO is less expensive and the web shops are easier to operate.
STRATO is an official business partner of the Dutch industrial association Thuiswinkel.org. Business partners are the preferred providers of online shopping products. Security and reliability are top priorities at STRATO and at Thuiswinkel.
STRATO as Employer
STRATO is one of the most coveted employers in Germany as proven by the medium-sized company distinction of "TOP JOB".
STRATO is among the top innovators of the year in 2006; the prize is given for excellent innovators in medium-sized German companies.
Dr. Christian Böing,
Born in 1971, Chief Executive Officer of STRATO AG since August of 2012. Böing previously led the sales department as the General Manager of Media at the telegate AG and was a member of the executive board. Before that, he was in charge of international product management hosting at 1 & 1 Internet AG and was employed in different management positions at Vodafone D2. With a degree in business, he began his career as a research assistant for Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Heribert Meffert at the Westphalian Wilhem University in Munster, after which he became a corporate consultant at BBDO Consulting.
Born in 1966, has been Chief Financial Officer of STRATO AG and Cronon AG since 2007. Previously, he occupied various management positions at mobilcom/freenet AG, lastly as the managing director of the mobile services affiliate. Before that, he was employed as a corporate finance consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and was also active in international business development at Deutsche Telekom AG.
Born in 1974, Director of Technology and Innovation at STRATO AG since 2008. He has been the CTO of the STRATO group since June of 2001. Before this, Wienholtz was a member of the technical advisory board and acted as a technology evangelist at Sun Microsystems Inc. in the area of global sales operations. Before that he worked at Silicon Graphics GmbH.
STRATO Customer Care
Regardless of whether you need the right web hosting package or server administration, the more than 150 professionally trained service employees from STRATO AG quickly and friendly take care of the customers.
STRATO intentionally chose the Berlin headquarters as the place for customer service. This makes communication paths short: On the one hand, the service staff is quickly informed about product innovations, on the other hand customer opinions can be directly shared with the product management and therefore included in future developments. STRATO is the domain hoster with TÜV inspected ISO 9001 quality. The quality management for our customer service has been certified by TÜV SÜD according to DIN ISO 9001 since 2000 without any deviations.
Regular training makes sure that the STRATO service team always cares for the customers in a friendly and competent manner. Independent quality tests confirm this regularly within the scope of our comprehensive quality assurance measures. These include, for example, recorded conversations and analyses as well as systematic and continual customer satisfaction across all support channels (telephone, email, chat). After every service contact, customers have the possibility to provide a review. Depending on the selected support channel, the survey will have a maximum of 11 questions about the customer's satisfaction with the company, product and service contact. Our quality assurance measures are based on 6 dimensions of satisfaction:
Customer Satisfaction with STRATO AG and its Products
- Dimension 1: Product quality
- Dimension 2: Process quality
- Dimension 3: Company quality
Customer Satisfaction with the Service
- Dimension 1: Social competency
- Dimension 2: Technical competency
- Dimension 3: Method competency
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