An Operating System is the software that communicates with the hardware of a PC and functions as the intermediary between the installed applications 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). Similar to a personal computer, hosting servers also use an Operating System that functions as a host for all of the software installed on them, including script apps or server-side software such as a flash server, a VOIP server, etc. A virtual machine can be created on a physical one, so you will 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
In case you select one of our VPS server packages, you will have 3 different Operating Systems to choose from - CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu. They're all Linux releases and we offer them rather than offering just a single OS, because the apps that you might want to run on the server could have specific requirements for the software environment. Each of the three has certain advantages regarding the available packages that you could eventually install, but what is common between them is the fact that they are really secure and reliable and have huge communities which support them. The web hosting Control Panel choices for the VPS accounts depend on your Operating System 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 technical support team can easily reinstall the VPS with the new one in just a few minutes. We also offer the option to keep 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 shall find three Operating Systems on the order page because we want to give you a wider choice for the system environment on your server as different applications could have specific requirements. CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian come with different modules developed by their huge support communities, so you can select any of these OSs and take advantage of a reliable and risk-free Internet hosting service. Based on your decision, you will also have different Control Panels to choose from. Needless to say, we can always change the Operating System in case the one you have selected at first doesn't meet the requirements of the software which you would like to run. We can also upgrade the OS on a regular basis to keep it as secure as possible using our Managed Services upgrade package.