An Operating System is the software that interacts with the hardware of a PC and works as the intermediary between applications and the hardware, which includes peripherals such as a printer, a mouse or a keyboard. When you run software, it transfers requests to the OS using an API (Application Program Interface) and the communication is done via a command line or a Graphical User Interface (GUI). A lot like a personal computer, web servers also have an Operating System that acts 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, and so on. A virtual machine can be generated on a physical one, so you can install a guest OS on it and have a different system environment in contrast to the physical server host OS.
Multiple OS in VPS Hosting
If you decide to buy one of our virtual private server packages, you shall be able to choose one of the three Linux distributions that we offer for the OS of the servers - CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian. They're among the most widespread and most reliable server OSs on the market and we offer them in order to give you a choice for the software environment of your machine in case that you want to install some app with particular requirements regarding the packages that must be present on the web hosting server. We also offer three internet hosting Control Panels and which one of them you may use depends on the OS that you have chosen. We leave the option to change the server Operating System open, so when you want to use software that requires an OS different from the one you have, we can always re-install the VPS. We can also keep the OS up-to-date weekly by installing any security updates that may be available.
Multiple OS in Dedicated Web Hosting
We offer three Operating Systems with our dedicated server packages - CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian. They're all different Linux distributions and we offer them not only because they're absolutely free so they will not increase the price of your new web server, but also because they are really secure and stable. Each one of them is supported by a large community of web developers, so you'll be able to choose from countless software packages that you could install on your server in case the application that you intend 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 are compatible with particular OSs only and because we would like to give you as much versatility as possible, we offer a couple of OSs and multiple Control Panels. In case you choose a server with a given OS, we will change it upon request if it turns out that you need alternative one. We can also keep your OS updated on a weekly basis as part of the useful Managed Services upgrade.