Each year the Association of German Internet Industry recognizes the best businesses in the industry for their services with its eco Internet Awards. At the official eco Gala in Cologne in July 2011, Hetzner Online received the eco Internet Award for the category "Hosting", making the company the best hosting provider in Germany. Criteria for the award, which recognizes the company as providing the best price-performance ratio for hosting services in its target sector, include:
- variety of package offers and value added benefits
- prices, tariffs, contract terms
- facility security, hardware redundancy, power supply, UPS
- backup, (data-) security, internet connection, peering
Furthermore, the company´s commitment to protecting the environment was an additional factor which convinced the jurors. Hetzner Online exclusively uses energy from renewable sources to power the hosting servers in its own data centers. "The construction of the data center park in Falkenstein constitutes further innovative and energy-saving solutions by Hetzner in the field of hosting," said the jury.
Hetzner Online has been a leading light at the eco Internet Awards for many years. In 2007 Hetzner Online received the award for "best hosting provider for private clients" for the first time.