An Operating System is the software which communicates with the hardware of a computer system and serves as the intermediary between applications and the hardware, which includes peripherals such as a printer, a mouse or a keyboard. When you run software, it transmits 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). A lot like a personal computer, web hosting servers also have an Operating System which serves as a host for the software installed on them, including script applications or server-side software such as a flash server, a VOIP server, etcetera. 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 with the physical server host OS.

Multiple OS in VPS

In case you pick one of our virtual private server plans, you will have as many as three different Operating Systems to select from - CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu. They are all Linux releases and we offer them instead of offering just one OS, as the apps that you might want to run on the server could have specific requirements regarding the software environment. Each one of these three has some pros in terms of the available packages that you could later on install, but what is common between them is the fact that they are very stable and reliable and have large communities that support them. The internet hosting Control Panel alternatives for the VPS accounts depend on your OS choice, in order to provide you with more flexibility. If you order the virtual server with one OS and you need another one later, our tech 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 on a weekly basis.

Multiple OS in Dedicated Hosting

We offer three Operating Systems with our dedicated server packages - CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian. They are all different Linux distributions and we offer them not only because they are completely free so they won't increase the price of your new web hosting server, but also because they are extremely secure and stable. Each one of them is supported by a large community of developers, so you will be able to choose from countless software packages that you could install on your server in case the application that you intend to use has specific requirements. The Operating System will also determine what web hosting Control Panel you can use as the Control Panels that we offer run on specific OSs only and since we want to give you as much freedom as possible, we offer a couple of OSs and multiple Control Panels. If you choose a server with a certain OS, we will change it upon request in case it turns out that you will need a different one. We will also keep the OS updated on a weekly basis as a part of the optional Managed Services upgrade.