An Operating System is the fundamental software which controls a computer system. It takes care of the way the hardware functions, the communication with peripherals including a monitor, a printer or a keyboard, the allocation of memory between all the applications, and the prioritization of applications when several run at the same time. Each and every program that's installed on a laptop or a desktop operates by sending requests to the OS for different services using an application program interface (API). The interaction with the OS is possible using a Graphical User Interface (GUI) or a command line. In the hosting world, the OS is what runs a hosting server along with any 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're virtual machines created, they employ a guest OS that is run on the server host OS.
Multiple OS in VPS Servers
If you select one of our VPS server plans, you'll have three different Operating Systems to select from - CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu. They're all Linux releases and we offer them instead of offering just a single OS, since the apps that you may wish to run on the server may have specific requirements regarding the software environment. Each one of these three has certain advantages regarding the available packages that you can later install, but what's common between them is that they're very secure and dependable and have vast 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. When 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 a matter of minutes. We also offer the option to maintain the Operating System on your server up-to-date weekly.
Multiple OS in Dedicated Servers
The dedicated server solutions that we offer come with three different Operating Systems to choose from. They are all Linux release - Ubuntu, CentOS and Debian, and not only do they have no license taxes, but they are also considered to be among the most stable and safe OSs. We provide three different ones because each of them is backed by a different community. The packages which you can add on your hosting server are different and this may matter in case you want to install some piece of software with particular requirements regarding the hosting environment. In this light, the hosting Control Panel which you can select for the dedicated server is also determined by the OS that you will select. You can pick any of the three Operating Systems throughout the order process, however if necessary, we can always set up the server anew with another one upon your request. As an optional service that you could add to the plan any time, we can update your OS on a regular basis to keep it as secure as possible.