An Operating System is the software that communicates with the hardware of a computer system and serves as the intermediary between apps and the hardware, which includes peripherals such as a printer, a computer mouse or a keyboard. When you run an application, it transfers requests to the OS using an API (Application Program Interface) and the interaction is done through a command line or a Graphical User Interface (GUI). Identical to a personal computer, hosting servers also use an Operating System that functions as a host for all the software installed on them, which includes script apps or server-side software such as a flash server, a VOIP server, and many others. A virtual machine can be generated on a physical one, so you could 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

If you select one of our VPS server solutions, you will have 3 different Operating Systems to choose from - CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu. They are all Linux releases and we offer them rather than offering just one OS, as the apps that you might want to run on the server could have specific requirements about the software environment. Each of the three has certain advantages with regard to the available packages that you can eventually install, but what is common between them is that they are very secure and dependable and have vast 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 a different one later, our tech support team can easily reinstall the VPS with the new one in a couple of minutes. We also offer the option to maintain the Operating System on your server up-to-date on a weekly basis.

Multiple OS in Dedicated Servers

If you decide to get one of our dedicated servers, you'll find three Operating Systems on the order page as we want to give you a broader choice for the system environment on your server as different apps may have particular requirements. CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian feature different modules developed by their huge support communities, so you can select any of these OSs and take advantage of a stable and safe hosting service. Depending on your selection, you will also have different Control Panels to choose from. Needless to say, we can always change the Operating System if the one you have selected initially doesn't meet the requirements of the software that you'd like to run. We can also upgrade the OS routinely to keep it as risk-free as possible with our Managed Services upgrade package.