An Operating System is the software that interacts with the hardware of a PC and functions as the intermediary between all the applications and the hardware, including peripherals such as a printer, a mouse or a keyboard. When you run an application, it transfers 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). Similar to a personal computer, web hosting servers also have an Operating System that serves as a host for all of the software installed on them, including script applications or server-side software such as a flash server, a VOIP server, etc. A virtual machine can be generated 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 Servers
Our VPS server packages include three Linux releases that you can pick from for the Operating System of your new server - Debian, Ubuntu and CentOS. Aside from being 100 % free, the OSs are extremely stable and secure and the main reason to offer all 3 of them is to make sure that you will be able to run any app that you'd like, because different pieces of software could have different requirements regarding the environment they work on. Each one of the three OSs is supported by a huge community of developers who have produced a large number of software packages that you can set up and use on your VPS. Based on the Operating System which you choose, you will also be able to choose between three different Control Panels to manage your website hosting content. Also, in case you decide that you need a new OS, we could always reinstall the server with it. As a paid upgrade, we also offer you weekly updates of the OS for max stability and security.
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 are free so they will not increase the low price of your new web hosting server, but also because they are extremely 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 application that you intend to work with has certain requirements. The Operating System will also determine what web hosting Control Panel you can use because the Control Panels that we offer are compatible with specific OSs only and since we would like to give you as much flexibility as possible, we offer multiple OSs and multiple Control Panels. In case you choose a server with a certain OS, we can change it upon request if it turns out that you need a different one. We could also keep the OS updated on a weekly basis as a part of our additional Managed Services upgrade.