An Operating System is the software which interacts with the hardware of a computer system and functions as the intermediary between all the applications and the hardware, which includes peripherals such as a printer, a mouse or a keyboard. When you run an application, it transmits requests to the OS through an API (Application Program Interface) and the interaction is done through a command line or a Graphical User Interface (GUI). A lot like a personal computer, hosting servers also have an Operating System which acts as a host for the software installed on them, which includes script applications or server-side software such as a flash server, a VOIP server, and so on. A virtual machine can be created on a physical one, so it is possible 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 Servers

In case you pick one of our VPS server plans, you'll have three different Operating Systems to pick from - CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu. They are all Linux distributions and we offer them instead of offering just a single OS, as the apps that you might want to run on the server may have specific requirements for the software environment. Each one of the three has some advantages regarding the available plans that you could later install, but what's common between them is that they're very secure and reliable and have huge communities that support them. The internet hosting Control Panel choices for the VPS accounts depend on your OS choice, in order to provide you with more flexibility. If 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 the option to keep the Operating System on your server up-to-date on a weekly basis.

Multiple OS in Dedicated Servers

In case you decide to buy 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 your server as different apps may have particular requirements. CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian feature different modules developed by their huge support communities, so you can select each of these OSs and enjoy a reliable and safe hosting service. Depending on your selection, you will also have different Control Panels to choose from. Of course, we can always replace the Operating System in case the one you've selected initially does not meet the requirements of the software which you would like to run. We can also upgrade the OS regularly to keep it as risk-free as possible using our Managed Services upgrade package.