An Operating System is the fundamental software that manages a PC. It controls the way the hardware operates, the communication with peripherals like a monitor, a printer or a keyboard, the allocation of memory between applications, plus the prioritization of apps if multiple ones run concurrently. Every program that is installed on a notebook or a desktop works by sending requests to the OS for different services via an application program interface (API). The contact with the OS can be performed using a Graphical User Interface (GUI) or a command line. In the Internet hosting world, the OS is what runs a hosting server as well as any software installed on it, which includes not only website scripts, but also every other application such as a VOIP or a game server. When there're virtual machines created, they use a guest OS which runs on the server host OS.
Multiple OS in VPS Web Hosting
In case you choose one of our virtual private server solutions, you'll have as many as 3 different Operating Systems to pick from - CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu. They are all Linux releases and we offer them instead of offering just a single OS, because the apps that you might choose to run on the server could have specific requirements for the software environment. Each one of these three has certain pros in terms of the available plans that you can later on install, but what is common between them is that they're really secure and dependable and have large communities that support them. The web hosting Control Panel alternatives for the VPS accounts depend on your OS 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 maintain the Operating System on your server up-to-date weekly.
Multiple OS in Dedicated Servers Hosting
We offer three Operating Systems with our dedicated server packages - CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian. They are all different Linux distributions and we offer them not only because they are freely available and they will not increase the price of your new web hosting server, but also because they are exceptionally secure and stable. Each one of them is backed up by a large community of web developers, so you'll be given the option to choose from countless software packages that you may 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 provide you with as much flexibility as possible, we offer a couple of OSs and multiple Control Panels. In case you choose a server with a certain Operating System, we can change it upon request in case it turns out that you need another one. We can also keep the OS updated weekly as part of our optional Managed Services upgrade.