An Operating System is the software which interacts with the hardware of a PC and is the intermediary between apps and the hardware, which includes peripherals such as a printer, a mouse or a keyboard. When you run software, it transmits requests to the OS using 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 hosting servers also have an Operating System which serves as a host for any software installed on them, which includes script applications or server-side software such as a flash server, a VOIP server, and many others. A virtual machine can be created on a physical one, so it is possible 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
In case you select one of our VPS server
solutions, you will have three different Operating Systems to choose from - CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu. They're all Linux distributions and we offer them instead of offering just a single OS, since the apps that you may want to run on the server may have specific requirements regarding the software environment. Each one of these three has certain advantages with regard to the available packages that you could later on install, but what is common between them is the fact that they are very secure and reliable and have vast communities that support them. The internet hosting Control Panel options for the VPS accounts depend on your OS choice, so as 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 you the option to keep the Operating System on your server up-to-date on a weekly basis.
Multiple OS in Dedicated Servers
If you decide to get one of our dedicated servers
, you will find three Operating Systems on the order page since we want to give you a broader choice regarding the system environment on your machine as different applications may have specific requirements. CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian contain different modules developed by their vast support communities, so you can select each of these OSs and benefit from a stable and safe hosting service. Based on your decision, you will also have different Control Panels to choose from. Of course, we can always replace the Operating System in case the one you've selected in the beginning doesn't meet the requirements of the software which you intend to run. We can also upgrade your OS on a regular basis to keep it as risk-free as possible with our Managed Services upgrade package.