An Operating System is the software which interacts with the hardware of a PC and works as the intermediary between applications and the hardware, which includes peripheral devices such as a printer, a mouse or a keyboard. When you run an application, it transfers 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). Just like a personal computer, web hosting servers also use an Operating System that acts as a host for any software installed on them, which includes script apps 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 you can install a guest OS on it and have a different system environment compared to the physical server host Operating System.

Multiple OS in VPS

In case you select one of our virtual private server plans, you will have as many as 3 different Operating Systems to choose from - CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu. They are all Linux releases and we offer them instead of offering just a single OS, since the applications that you may wish to run on the server could have specific requirements for the software environment. Each one of these three has some advantages regarding the available packages that you can later install, but what is common between them is the fact that they're very stable and reliable and have huge communities that support them. The hosting Control Panel options 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 tech support team can easily reinstall the VPS with the new one in just a few minutes. We also offer the option to maintain the Operating System on your server up-to-date on a weekly basis.

Multiple OS in Dedicated Hosting

In case you decide to buy one of our dedicated servers, you'll find three Operating Systems on the registration page because we want to give you a larger choice regarding the system environment on your server as different apps could have particular requirements. CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian contain different modules developed by their vast support communities, so you can select each of these OSs and benefit from a stable and secure web hosting service. Depending 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 initially doesn't meet the requirements of the software which you would like to run. We can also update your OS on a regular basis in order to keep it as secure as possible using our Managed Services upgrade package.