An Operating System is the software that interacts with the hardware of a computer system and functions as the intermediary between applications and the hardware, including peripherals 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 contact is done via a command line or a Graphical User Interface (GUI). Just like a personal computer, web hosting servers also have an Operating System that functions as a host for the software installed on them, which includes script applications or server-side software such as a flash server, a VOIP server, and many others. A virtual machine can be set up 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 OS.

Multiple OS in VPS Servers

If you select one of our VPS server solutions, you'll have as many as three different Operating Systems to pick from - CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu. They are all Linux releases and we offer them rather than offering just a single OS, since the applications that you may wish to run on the server could have specific requirements about the software environment. Each of the three has some advantages in terms of the available plans that you may eventually install, but what's common between them is that they're really stable and reliable and have vast communities that support them. The web hosting Control Panel alternatives for the VPS accounts depend on your Operating System choice, in order to give you 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 just a few minutes. We also offer the option to keep the Operating System on your server up-to-date on a weekly basis.

Multiple OS in Dedicated Servers

If you decide to obtain one of our dedicated servers, you shall find three Operating Systems on the registration page since we want to give you a broader choice for the system environment on your server as different applications may have particular requirements. CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian contain different modules developed by their huge support communities, so you can select any of these OSs and enjoy a stable and risk-free web hosting service. Based on your choice, 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've selected initially doesn't meet the requirements of the software which you intend 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.