An Operating System is the fundamental software which manages a computer. It controls the way the hardware behaves, the communication with peripherals like a monitor, a printer or a keyboard, the allocation of memory between the installed applications, plus the prioritization of apps if several run concurrently. Each program that's installed on a computer functions by sending requests to the OS for different services using an application program interface (API). The communication with the OS can be done via a Graphical User Interface (GUI) or a command line. In the web hosting world, the OS is what runs a web hosting server together with all of the software installed on it, which includes not only website scripts, but, in addition every other application for instance a VOIP or a game server. In case there are virtual machines created, they work with a guest OS which is run on the server host OS.
Multiple OS in VPS Hosting
In case you pick one of our virtual private server solutions, you will have as many as three different Operating Systems to select from - CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu. They are all Linux releases and we offer them rather than offering just one OS, since the apps that you might choose to run on the server may have specific requirements regarding the software environment. Each of these three has some advantages in terms of the available packages that you can afterwards install, but what is common between them is the fact that they're really stable and dependable and have vast communities which support them. The internet hosting Control Panel choices 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 a different one later, our tech support team can easily reinstall the VPS with the new one in a couple of minutes. We also offer the option to maintain the Operating System on your server up-to-date weekly.
Multiple OS in Dedicated Web Hosting
In case you decide to buy one of our dedicated servers, you will find three Operating Systems on the order page as we want to give you a broader choice regarding the system environment on the machine as different apps can have specific requirements. CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian come with different modules developed by their vast support communities, so you can select each of these OSs and benefit from a stable and risk-free web hosting service. Depending on your decision, you'll also have different Control Panels to choose from. Needless to say, we can always change the Operating System in case the one you have selected in the beginning doesn't meet the requirements of the software that you would like to run. We can also upgrade your OS regularly to keep it as risk-free as possible through our Managed Services upgrade package.