An Operating System is the software which communicates with the hardware of a PC and serves as the intermediary between applications and the hardware, including peripheral devices such as a printer, a mouse or a keyboard. When you run an application, it transmits requests to the OS through an API (Application Program Interface) and the contact is done through a command line or a Graphical User Interface (GUI). Similar to a personal computer, web servers also use an Operating System that serves as a host for all the software installed on them, which includes script applications or server-side software such as a flash server, a VOIP server, etcetera. 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

We provide as many as three different Linux releases for the Operating System of our VPS servers - Debian, CentOS and Ubuntu. These are some of the safest and the most reliable OSs available and we provide all three instead of only one as we realize that you may want to set up some software that has specific requirements regarding the Operating System it shall run on. The latter is due to the fact that each of the three Operating Systems has a vast support community behind it and there are different software packages you could install on the web server. Your OS choice will also determine what hosting Control Panel can be set up on the VPS if you want to use one and that's why we offer several Control Panels too. In case you decide that you want another OS, our technical support can quickly wipe the present one and set up the one that you need. We also offer an optional service to have the OS on your VPS updated 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 100 % free so they will not increase the cost of your new web server, but also because they are very stable and secure. Each one of them is supported by a large community of developers, so you will be able to choose from many hundreds of software packages that you can install on your server in case the application that you would like to use has specific requirements. The Operating System will also determine what web hosting Control Panel you can use since the Control Panels that we offer are compatible with particular OSs only and since we want to give you as much versatility as possible, we offer several OSs and multiple Control Panels. If you get a server with a certain OS, we will change it upon request in case it turns out that you'll need alternative one. We could also keep the OS updated on a weekly basis as part of our optional Managed Services upgrade.