An Operating System is the low-level software which manages a PC. It handles how the hardware behaves, the communication with peripherals for instance a monitor, a printer or a keyboard, the allocation of memory between your applications, as well as the prioritization of applications when multiple ones run simultaneously. Every program that's installed on a notebook or a desktop works by sending requests to the OS for various services using an application program interface (API). The contact with the OS can be achieved through a Graphical User Interface (GUI) or a command line. In the hosting field, the OS is what controls a web server together with any software installed on it, which includes not only website scripts, but also every other application for example a VOIP or a game server. In case there're virtual machines created, they work with 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 will have as many as three different Operating Systems to pick from - CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu. They're all Linux distributions and we offer them instead of offering just one OS, as the apps that you might want to run on the server could have specific requirements regarding the software environment. Each one of the three has some advantages in terms of the available packages that you may later on install, but what's common between them is that they're really secure and reliable and have large communities which support them. The internet hosting Control Panel alternatives for the VPS accounts depend on your OS choice, so as to provide you with 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 the option to keep the Operating System on your server up-to-date weekly.

Multiple OS in Dedicated Servers

In case 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 for the system environment on the machine as different applications may have specific requirements. CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian feature different modules developed by their large support communities, so you can select each of these OSs and take advantage of a reliable and secure web hosting service. Depending on your choice, you'll also have different Control Panels to choose from. Of course, we can always replace the Operating System if the one you've selected initially doesn't meet the requirements of the software that you'd like to run. We can also upgrade your OS routinely to keep it as risk-free as possible using our Managed Services upgrade package.