An Operating System is the software that communicates with the hardware of a computer and works as the intermediary between the installed applications and the hardware, including peripheral devices such as a printer, a mouse or a keyboard. When you run software, it sends 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). A lot like a personal computer, web servers also have an Operating System that functions as a host for all of the software installed on them, including script apps or server-side software such as a flash server, a VOIP server, and many others. A virtual machine can be set up on a physical one, so you can install a guest OS on it and have a different system environment compared to the physical server host Operating System.
Multiple OS in VPS Servers
In case you pick one of our VPS server solutions, you will have three different Operating Systems to choose from - CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu. They're all Linux releases and we offer them rather than offering just one OS, as the apps that you may wish to run on the server could have specific requirements about the software environment. Each one of the three has some pros 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 huge communities which support them. The web hosting Control Panel choices for the VPS accounts depend on your Operating System 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 you the option to keep the Operating System on your server up-to-date weekly.
Multiple OS in Dedicated Servers
The dedicated server plans that we offer come with as many as three different Operating Systems to pick from. They are all Linux release - Ubuntu, CentOS and Debian, and not only do they have no license fees, but they are also regarded as the most reliable and safe OSs. We offer three different ones because each one of them is backed by a separate community. The packages which you could add on your hosting server are different and this could matter in case you need to install some piece of software with particular requirements regarding the hosting environment. In this light, the web hosting Control Panel which you can select for the dedicated server is also determined by the Operating System that you'll select. You may choose any of the three Operating Systems during the order process, but if necessary, we can always install the server once again with an alternative one upon your request. As an additional service that you may add to the package any time, we can update your OS on a regular basis in order to keep it as risk-free as possible.