An Operating System is the fundamental software which manages a computer system. It controls how the hardware operates, the communication with peripheral devices for instance a monitor, a printer or a keyboard, the allocation of memory between all the applications, as well as the prioritization of applications if several run simultaneously. Any program which is installed on a PC functions by sending requests to the OS for different services via an application program interface (API). The interaction with the OS can be performed through a Graphical User Interface (GUI) or a command line. In the web hosting field, the OS is what controls a web server as well as any software installed on it, which includes not only website scripts, but, in addition every other application for example a VOIP or a game server. If there are virtual machines created, they use a guest OS which runs on the server host OS.

Multiple OS in VPS Hosting

In case you pick one of our virtual private server plans, you will have as many as 3 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 may wish to run on the server may have specific requirements regarding the software environment. Each one of these three has certain pros in terms of the available packages that you could afterwards install, but what is common between them is that they are really secure and dependable and have vast communities that support them. The web hosting Control Panel alternatives for the VPS accounts depend on your Operating System choice, in order to give you more flexibility. In case you order the virtual server with one OS and you need another one later, our tech 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 on a weekly basis.

Multiple OS in Dedicated Web Hosting

If you decide to obtain one of our dedicated servers, you will find three Operating Systems on the order page as we want to give you a wider choice with regard to the system environment on the server as different applications may have particular requirements. CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian feature different modules developed by their huge support communities, so you can select any of these OSs and enjoy a stable and safe web hosting service. Depending on your decision, you'll also have different Control Panels to choose from. Needless to say, we can always replace the Operating System in case the one you've selected initially does not meet the requirements of the software that you intend to run. We can also update the OS routinely to keep it as secure as possible with our Managed Services upgrade package.