An Operating System is the software which interacts with the hardware of a computer and functions as the intermediary between apps and the hardware, including peripheral devices such as a printer, a computer 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 via a command line or a Graphical User Interface (GUI). A lot like a personal computer, web servers also have an Operating System which acts as a host for any software installed on them, including script applications or server-side software such as a flash server, a VOIP server, and many others. A virtual machine can be generated on a physical one, so you could 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 Hosting
We offer you three different Linux distributions for the Operating System of our virtual private servers - Debian, CentOS and Ubuntu. These are among the most stable and reliable OSs out there and we offer all 3 instead of only 1 since we realize that you might want to set up some software that has specific requirements for the Operating System it will run on. The latter is because each of the three Operating Systems has a vast support community behind it and there're various software applications you can install on the hosting server. Your OS selection will also determine exactly what hosting Control Panel can be set up on the VPS in case you want to use one and for that reason we offer several Control Panels as well. In the event you decide that you need to have a different OS, our tech support can quickly wipe the current one and install the one that you'd like. We also offer an optional service to keep the OS on your VPS updated weekly.
Multiple OS in Dedicated Web Hosting
We offer three Operating Systems with our dedicated server plans - CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian. They're all different Linux distributions and we offer them not only because they're absolutely free so they will not increase the cost of your new server, but also because they are outstandingly stable and secure. Each of them is backed up by a huge community of web developers, so you'll be given the option to choose from a large number software packages that you could install on your server in case the application that you would like to work with has certain requirements. The Operating System will also determine what internet hosting Control Panel you can use since the Control Panels that we offer are compatible with particular OSs only and since we would like to provide you with as much flexibility as possible, we offer a couple of OSs and multiple Control Panels. If you get a server with a certain OS, we can change it upon request in the event that it turns out that you will need alternative one. We can also keep your OS updated on a weekly basis as part of our additional Managed Services upgrade.