An Operating System is the software that communicates with the hardware of a computer and works as the intermediary between applications and the hardware, which includes peripheral devices such as a printer, a mouse or a keyboard. When you run an app, it sends requests to the OS through an API (Application Program Interface) and the interaction is done through a command line or a Graphical User Interface (GUI). A lot like a personal computer, hosting servers also use an Operating System which serves as a host for the software installed on them, including script apps or server-side software such as a flash server, a VOIP server, and so on. A virtual machine can be generated on a physical one, so you'll be able 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
In case you choose one of our VPS server solutions, you will have 3 different Operating Systems to pick from - CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu. They are all Linux releases and we offer them rather than offering just one OS, because the apps that you may want to run on the server may have specific requirements regarding the software environment. Each of these three has some advantages regarding the available plans that you could eventually install, but what's common between them is the fact that they're really secure and reliable and have large communities which support them. The internet hosting Control Panel choices for the VPS accounts depend on your OS 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 just a few minutes. We also offer you the option to maintain the Operating System on your server up-to-date on a weekly basis.
Multiple OS in Dedicated Servers
In case you decide to purchase one of our dedicated servers, you will find three Operating Systems on the order page as we want to give you a larger choice for the system environment on the server as different apps can have particular requirements. CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian contain different modules developed by their large support communities, so you can select any of these OSs and take advantage of a stable and risk-free web hosting service. Based on your selection, you will also have different Control Panels to choose from. Needless to say, we can always replace the Operating System if the one you have selected in the beginning does not meet the requirements of the software that you'd like to run. We can also upgrade the OS routinely to keep it as risk-free as possible with our Managed Services upgrade package.