An Operating System is the software that communicates with the hardware of a computer and serves as the intermediary between apps and the hardware, including peripheral devices such as a printer, a computer mouse or a keyboard. When you run an app, it sends requests to the OS through an API (Application Program Interface) and the communication is done through a command line or a Graphical User Interface (GUI). A lot like a personal computer, hosting servers also have an Operating System which serves 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 so on. A virtual machine can be generated on a physical one, so it is possible to install a guest OS on it and have a different system environment compared to the physical server host Operating System.
Multiple OS in VPS
In case you decide to go for one of our virtual private server plans, you will be able to pick one of the three Linux distributions that we offer for the OS of the servers - CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian. These are among the most widely used and most dependable server OSs available on the market and we offer them in order to give you a choice for the software environment of your machine if you need to install some app with particular requirements in terms of the packages that should be present on the hosting server. We also offer three internet hosting Control Panels and which one of them you'll be able to use depends on the OS that you've picked. We leave the possibility to change the server Operating System open, so when you want to use an app that requires an OS different from the one you already have, we can always re-install the VPS. In addition, we can keep the OS up-to-date on a weekly basis by installing any security updates that may be available.
Multiple OS in Dedicated Hosting
We offer three Operating Systems with our dedicated server solutions - CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian. They are all different Linux distributions and we offer them not only because they are totally free and they will not increase the price of your new server, but also because they are really stable and secure. Each one of them is supported by a large community of web developers, so you'll be given the option to choose from a large number software packages that you may install on your server in case the application that you intend to use 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 because we would like to provide you with as much flexibility as possible, we offer several OSs and multiple Control Panels. If you get a server with a given OS, we can change it upon request in case it turns out that you will need another one. We will also keep your OS updated weekly as a part of our additional Managed Services upgrade.