An Operating System is the low-level software which manages a computer system. It takes care of how your hardware operates, the communication with peripheral devices like a monitor, a printer or a keyboard, the allocation of memory between the installed applications, plus the prioritization of apps if several run concurrently. Any program which is installed on a notebook or a desktop works by sending requests to the OS for different services using an application program interface (API). The contact with the OS can be performed through a Graphical User Interface (GUI) or a command line. In the Internet hosting field, the Operating System is what controls a web hosting server along with all of the software installed on it, which includes not only website scripts, but, in addition any other application such as a VOIP or a game server. In case there're virtual machines created, they use a guest OS which is run on the server host OS.
Multiple OS in VPS Hosting
If you select one of our virtual private server plans, you'll have three different Operating Systems to choose from - CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu. They're all Linux releases and we offer them instead of offering just one OS, since the apps that you may wish to run on the server could have specific requirements regarding the software environment. Each of these three has some pros with regard to the available packages that you may eventually install, but what's common between them is the fact that they are very stable and reliable and have large communities which support them. The web hosting Control Panel options for the VPS accounts depend on your Operating System choice, so as to give you more flexibility. In case 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 just a few minutes. We also offer the option to keep the Operating System on your server up-to-date on a weekly basis.
Multiple OS in Dedicated Web Hosting
We offer three Operating Systems with our dedicated server packages - CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian. They're all different Linux distributions and we offer them not only because they're completely free and they won't increase the low price of your new web server, but also because they are outstandingly secure and stable. Each one of them is supported by a large community of web developers, so you'll be given the option to choose from countless software packages that you may install on your server if the application that you want to use has certain requirements. The Operating System will also determine what internet hosting Control Panel you can use because the Control Panels that we offer are compatible with particular OSs only and since we would like to give you as much flexibility as possible, we offer multiple OSs and multiple Control Panels. If you get a server with a given Operating System, we will change it upon request in the event that it turns out that you'll need another one. We could also keep the OS updated on a weekly basis as part of the additional Managed Services upgrade.