An Operating System is the software that communicates with the hardware of a computer system and works as the intermediary between applications and the hardware, including peripheral devices such as a printer, a computer mouse or a keyboard. When you run an app, it transmits requests to the OS through 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, web servers also use an Operating System which serves 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, and so on. A virtual machine can be set up on a physical one, so you will be able to install a guest OS on it and have a different system environment in contrast to the physical server host Operating System.

Multiple OS in VPS Servers

If you select one of our VPS server solutions, you will have as many as 3 different Operating Systems to pick from - CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu. They're all Linux distributions and we offer them instead of offering just a single OS, as the apps that you may wish to run on the server could have specific requirements for the software environment. Each one of the three has some advantages in terms of the available packages that you could later install, but what is common between them is that they're very secure and dependable and have huge communities which support them. The web hosting Control Panel alternatives for the VPS accounts depend on your OS choice, in order to give you more flexibility. If 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 the option to keep the Operating System on your server up-to-date on a weekly basis.

Multiple OS in Dedicated Servers

In case you decide to obtain one of our dedicated servers, you shall find three Operating Systems on the order page as we want to give you a larger choice regarding the system environment on the server as different apps may have specific requirements. CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian include different modules developed by their huge support communities, so you can select any of these OSs and take advantage of a reliable and safe hosting service. Depending on your choice, you'll 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 at first does not meet the requirements of the software that you intend to run. We can also update the OS regularly in order to keep it as secure as possible through our Managed Services upgrade package.