An Operating System is the software which interacts with the hardware of a computer system and serves as the intermediary between applications and the hardware, including peripheral devices such as a printer, a computer mouse or a keyboard. When you run an app, it sends requests to the OS using an API (Application Program Interface) and the interaction is done through a command line or a Graphical User Interface (GUI). Similar to a personal computer, web hosting servers also use an Operating System which serves as a host for all of the software installed on them, which includes script apps or server-side software such as a flash server, a VOIP server, etcetera. A virtual machine can be generated on a physical one, so you'll be able to install a guest OS on it and have a different system environment in contrast to the physical server host Operating System.

Multiple OS in VPS

If you choose one of our virtual private server plans, you will have 3 different Operating Systems to pick from - CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu. They're all Linux distributions and we offer them rather than offering just one OS, because the apps that you might want to run on the server could have specific requirements regarding the software environment. Each of the three has some advantages with regard to the available packages that you may later on install, but what's common between them is that they're very stable and reliable and have huge communities that support them. The hosting Control Panel alternatives for the VPS accounts depend on your Operating System choice, in order to provide you with 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 you the option to keep the Operating System on your server up-to-date weekly.

Multiple OS in Dedicated Hosting

The dedicated server plans that we offer come with three different Operating Systems to pick from. They are all Linux distributions - Ubuntu, CentOS and Debian, and not only do they have no license fees, but they’re also known as the most dependable and secure OSs. We offer three different ones because each of them is backed by a separate community. The packages that you can add on your hosting server are different and this may matter if you want to install some piece of software with particular requirements about the hosting environment. In this light, the web hosting Control Panel which you can select for the dedicated server is also determined by the Operating System that you'll select. You can pick any of the three Operating Systems during the order procedure, but if needed, we can always install the server anew with a different one upon your request. As an additional service that you may add to the plan whenever you want, we can update the OS on a regular basis to keep it as risk-free as possible.