An Operating System is the software that interacts with the hardware of a PC and is the intermediary between the installed applications and the hardware, including peripherals such as a printer, a computer mouse or a keyboard. When you run an application, it sends requests to the OS using an API (Application Program Interface) and the contact is done via a command line or a Graphical User Interface (GUI). Just like a personal computer, web hosting servers also feature an Operating System which functions as a host for the software installed on them, which includes script apps or server-side software such as a flash server, a VOIP server, and many others. A virtual machine can be set up on a physical one, so you will be able to install a guest OS on it and have a different system environment compared to the physical server host OS.
Multiple OS in VPS Servers
If you choose one of our VPS server solutions, you will have 3 different Operating Systems to select from - CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu. They are all Linux releases and we offer them rather than offering just one OS, since the apps that you might want to run on the server could have specific requirements regarding the software environment. Each one of the three has certain pros regarding the available plans that you may later on install, but what is common between them is that they're very stable and reliable and have large communities which support them. The web hosting Control Panel options for the VPS accounts depend on your Operating System choice, so as to give you more flexibility. In case you order the virtual server with one OS and you need a different one later, our technical support team can easily reinstall the VPS with the new one in a matter of minutes. We also offer you the option to keep the Operating System on your server up-to-date weekly.
Multiple OS in Dedicated Servers
We offer three Operating Systems with our dedicated server solutions - CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian. They are all different Linux distributions and we offer them not only because they're totally free and they will not increase the low price of your new server, but also because they are really secure and stable. Each of them is backed up by a huge community of web developers, so you will be able to choose from many hundreds of software packages that you can install on your server in case the app that you want to use has specific requirements. The Operating System will also determine what hosting Control Panel you can use because the Control Panels that we offer run on particular OSs only and because we would like to give you as much versatility as possible, we offer several OSs and multiple Control Panels. If you get a server with a certain Operating System, we will change it upon request if it turns out that you need a different one. We will also keep your OS updated on a weekly basis as part of the useful Managed Services upgrade.