An Operating System is the low-level software which controls a computer. It controls the way your hardware functions, the communication with peripherals including a monitor, a printer or a keyboard, the allocation of memory between various applications, and the prioritization of applications if multiple ones run at once. Any program that is installed on a laptop or a desktop operates by sending requests to the OS for various services by using an application program interface (API). The contact with the OS can be done through a Graphical User Interface (GUI) or a command line. In the Internet hosting world, the OS is what commands a web server as well as any software installed on it, which includes not only website scripts, but, in addition any other application for instance a VOIP or a game server. When there are virtual machines created, they work with a guest OS which is run on the server host OS.
Multiple OS in VPS Servers
If you choose one of our VPS server solutions, you will have three different Operating Systems to choose from - CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu. They are all Linux distributions and we offer them rather than offering just one OS, since the applications that you may want to run on the server may have specific requirements regarding the software environment. Each one of the three has some advantages with regard to the available plans that you may eventually install, but what is common between them is that they are very stable and reliable and have huge communities which support them. The hosting Control Panel alternatives for the VPS accounts depend on your OS choice, in order to provide you with more flexibility. In case you order the virtual server with one OS and you need a different 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 maintain the Operating System on your server up-to-date weekly.
Multiple OS in Dedicated Servers
We offer three Operating Systems with our dedicated server plans - CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian. They're all different Linux distributions and we offer them not only because they are totally free and they will not increase the low price of your new web hosting server, but also because they are outstandingly secure and stable. Each one of them is supported by a vast community of web developers, so you'll be able to choose from thousands of software packages that you could install on your server in case the application that you would like to work with has specific requirements. The Operating System will also determine what internet hosting Control Panel you can use since the Control Panels that we offer run on particular OSs only and because we would like to give you as much freedom as possible, we offer multiple OSs and multiple Control Panels. In case you choose a server with a certain Operating System, we could change it upon request in case it turns out that you will need another one. We will also keep the OS updated weekly as part of the useful Managed Services upgrade.