An Operating System is the low-level software which controls a computer. It takes care of the way your hardware behaves, the communication with peripherals like a monitor, a printer or a keyboard, the allocation of memory between various applications, as well as the prioritization of apps in case several run simultaneously. Any program that's installed on a computer functions by sending requests to the OS for different services via an application program interface (API). The interaction with the OS can be done through a Graphical User Interface (GUI) or a command line. In the hosting world, the OS is what controls a web hosting server as well as any software installed on it, which includes not only website scripts, but also every other application for example a VOIP or a game server. In case there are virtual machines created, they use a guest OS which runs on the server host OS.

Multiple OS in VPS Servers

If you pick one of our VPS server plans, you'll have three different Operating Systems to select from - CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu. They are all Linux distributions and we offer them rather than offering just one OS, because the applications that you may want to run on the server could have specific requirements regarding the software environment. Each one of the three has some advantages regarding the available packages that you could later on install, but what is common between them is that they are really secure and reliable and have huge communities which support them. The web hosting Control Panel alternatives for the VPS accounts depend on your OS choice, so as to provide you with more flexibility. In case you order the virtual server with one OS and you need another one later, our technical support team can easily reinstall the VPS with the new one in just a few 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 Servers

We offer three Operating Systems with our dedicated server solutions - CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian. They're all different Linux distributions and we offer them not only because they're freely available and they won't increase the cost of your new web server, but also because they are outstandingly secure and stable. Each one of them is supported by a vast community of developers, so you'll be able to choose from many hundreds of software packages that you can install on your server in case the app that you want to use has specific requirements. The Operating System will also determine what internet hosting Control Panel you can use because the Control Panels that we offer are compatible with specific OSs only and because we would like to provide you with as much flexibility as possible, we offer multiple OSs and multiple Control Panels. If you choose a server with a certain Operating System, we could change it upon request in case it turns out that you will need another one. We will also keep the OS updated on a weekly basis as a part of our useful Managed Services upgrade.