An Operating System is the software which interacts with the hardware of a computer and works as the intermediary between apps and the hardware, including peripheral devices such as a printer, a computer 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, web hosting servers also feature an Operating System that functions as a host for all of the software installed on them, including script applications or server-side software such as a flash server, a VOIP server, and many others. A virtual machine can be created on a physical one, so you'll be able to install a guest OS on it and have a different system environment in contrast to the physical server host OS.
Multiple OS in VPS Servers
If you select one of our VPS server packages, you will have as many as 3 different Operating Systems to select from - CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu. They're all Linux releases and we offer them instead of offering just a single OS, as the applications that you may wish to run on the server could have specific requirements for the software environment. Each of these three has certain advantages in terms of the available packages that you may later install, but what's common between them is the fact that they're really secure and reliable and have huge communities which support them. The hosting Control Panel alternatives for the VPS accounts depend on your Operating System choice, in order to provide you with more flexibility. If 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 maintain the Operating System on your server up-to-date weekly.
Multiple OS in Dedicated Servers
If you decide to purchase one of our dedicated servers, you will find three Operating Systems on the registration page as we want to give you a wider choice regarding the system environment on the server as different apps could have specific requirements. CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian feature different modules developed by their vast support communities, so you can select each of these OSs and enjoy a stable and safe hosting service. Depending on your choice, you will also have different Control Panels to choose from. Needless to say, we can always replace the Operating System if the one you've selected at first doesn't meet the requirements of the software which you intend to run. We can also update the OS regularly to keep it as risk-free as possible with our Managed Services upgrade package.