An Operating System is the software which communicates with the hardware of a computer and functions as the intermediary between applications and the hardware, which includes peripheral devices such as a printer, a computer mouse or a keyboard. When you run an app, it transfers requests to the OS through an API (Application Program Interface) and the contact is done through a command line or a Graphical User Interface (GUI). A lot like a personal computer, web servers also use an Operating System which acts as a host for the software installed on them, which includes script applications or server-side software such as a flash server, a VOIP server, etcetera. A virtual machine can be generated on a physical one, so it is possible to install a guest OS on it and have a different system environment compared to the physical server host Operating System.

Multiple OS in VPS Servers

If you pick one of our VPS server packages, you will have as many as 3 different Operating Systems to select from - CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu. They are all Linux releases and we offer them instead of offering just a single OS, since the apps that you might want to run on the server could have specific requirements regarding the software environment. Each of the three has some advantages regarding the available plans that you can afterwards install, but what's common between them is that they're really secure and reliable and have large communities which support them. The web hosting Control Panel choices for the VPS accounts depend on your OS choice, in order to give you more flexibility. In case you order the virtual server with one OS and you need a different one later, our tech support team can easily reinstall the VPS with the new one in a matter of minutes. We also offer the option to keep the Operating System on your server up-to-date on a weekly basis.

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 freely available and they won't increase the low price of your new web server, but also because they are exceptionally secure and stable. Each of them is supported by a huge community of web developers, so you will be able to choose from a myriad of software packages that you could install on your server if the application that you want to employ has certain requirements. The Operating System will also determine what web hosting Control Panel you can use because the Control Panels that we offer are compatible with particular OSs only and since we want to give you as much flexibility as possible, we offer several OSs and multiple Control Panels. If you choose a server with a given OS, we will change it upon request in the event that it turns out that you will need another one. We can also keep your OS updated on a weekly basis as part of our useful Managed Services upgrade.