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

Multiple OS in VPS Servers

Our VPS server solutions come with three Linux distributions that you could select from for the Operating System of your new server - Debian, Ubuntu and CentOS. Apart from being cost-free, the OSs are really stable and protected and the primary reason to offer you all three of them is to make sure that you can run each app that you would like, since different pieces of software have different requirements about the environment they can be used on. Each of the three OSs is supported by a large community of web developers who have made many hundreds of software packages which you can install and use on your VPS. Based on the Operating System that you pick, you will also be able to select between 3 different Control Panels to manage your hosting content. Needless to say, should you decide that you need some other OS, we could always re-install the server with it. As an optional upgrade, we also provide weekly updates of the Operating System for maximum stability and security.

Multiple OS in Dedicated Servers

If you decide to get one of our dedicated servers, you'll find three Operating Systems on the order page because we want to give you a wider choice for the system environment on the machine as different apps can have specific requirements. CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian include different modules developed by their vast support communities, so you can select any of these OSs and take advantage of a reliable and safe Internet hosting service. Based on your decision, you'll also have different Control Panels to choose from. Needless to say, we can always change the Operating System if the one you've selected at first does not meet the requirements of the software which you would like to run. We can also upgrade the OS regularly in order to keep it as secure as possible using our Managed Services upgrade package.