An Operating System is the software that interacts with the hardware of a computer system and works as the intermediary between all the applications and the hardware, including peripheral devices such as a printer, a computer mouse or a keyboard. When you run software, it sends requests to the OS using an API (Application Program Interface) and the contact is done via a command line or a Graphical User Interface (GUI). Identical to a personal computer, hosting servers also feature an Operating System which functions as a host for the software installed on them, including script applications or server-side software such as a flash server, a VOIP server, etcetera. A virtual machine can be set up on a physical one, so it is possible to install a guest OS on it and have a different system environment in contrast with the physical server host Operating System.
Multiple OS in VPS Web Hosting
If you select one of our virtual private server solutions, you will have as many as 3 different Operating Systems to select from - CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu. They are all Linux distributions and we offer them instead of offering just one OS, as the applications that you might choose to run on the server could have specific requirements for the software environment. Each one of the three has some advantages regarding the available packages that you may later on install, but what is common between them is the fact that they are really stable and dependable and have large communities which support them. The hosting Control Panel choices for the VPS accounts depend on your OS choice, in order to give you 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 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 Servers Hosting
The dedicated server plans that we offer come with as many as three different Operating Systems to select from. They are all Linux distributions - Ubuntu, CentOS and Debian, and not only do they have no license taxes, but they are also known as the most dependable and safe OSs. We supply three different ones for the reason that each of them is backed by a different community. The packages which you could add on your hosting server are different and this could matter in case you need to install some piece of software with particular requirements for the hosting environment. In this light, the web hosting Control Panel which you can select for the dedicated server also depends on the OS that you will pick. You can choose any of the three Operating Systems during the order process, yet if needed, we can always set up the server anew with a different one upon your request. As an additional service that you may add to the plan at any time, we can update the OS on a regular basis so as to keep it as secure as possible.