An Operating System is the software that interacts with the hardware of a PC and works as the intermediary between the installed applications and the hardware, including peripherals such as a printer, a computer mouse or a keyboard. When you run software, it transfers requests to the OS through 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, hosting servers also use an Operating System which acts as a host for all of the software installed on them, which includes script apps or server-side software such as a flash server, a VOIP server, etcetera. A virtual machine can be generated on a physical one, so you can install a guest OS on it and have a different system environment in contrast with the physical server host Operating System.
Multiple OS in VPS Servers
If you decide to go for one of our VPS server packages, you'll be able to pick one of the three Linux distributions which we supply for the Operating System of the servers - CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian. These are among the most preferred and most reliable server OSs available on the market and we offer them in order to give you a choice for the software environment of your machine if you wish to install some application with specific requirements regarding the packages that have to be present on the web hosting server. We also offer three web hosting Control Panels and which one of them you may use will depend on the OS that you have chosen. We leave the chance to replace the server Operating System open, so if you want to use an app that requires an OS different from the one you have, we can always re-install the VPS. We can also keep the OS up-to-date on a weekly basis by installing all the security updates which may be released.
Multiple OS in Dedicated Servers
We offer three Operating Systems with our dedicated server packages - CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian. They're all different Linux distributions and we offer them not only because they're 100 % free so they will not increase the cost of your new server, but also because they are exceptionally secure and stable. Each one of them is backed up by a big community of web developers, so you'll be given the option to choose from thousands of software packages that you can install on your server if the app that you intend to use has certain requirements. The Operating System will also determine what web hosting Control Panel you can use since the Control Panels that we offer run on particular OSs only and since we want to provide you with as much versatility as possible, we offer multiple OSs and multiple Control Panels. In case you choose a server with a certain OS, we will change it upon request if it turns out that you will need another one. We could also keep your OS updated on a weekly basis as part of our additional Managed Services upgrade.