An Operating System is the low-level software that controls a computer. It handles the way the hardware operates, the communication with peripherals such as a monitor, a printer or a keyboard, the allocation of memory between apps, and the prioritization of apps if multiple ones run at once. Each program that is installed on a desktop or a laptop operates by sending requests to the OS for different services by using an application program interface (API). The communication with the OS can be performed using a Graphical User Interface (GUI) or a command line. In the Internet hosting world, the OS is what commands a hosting server and all of the software installed on it, which includes not only website scripts, but, in addition every other application such as a VOIP or a game server. If there're virtual machines created, they work with a guest OS which runs on the server host OS.
Multiple OS in VPS Hosting
In case you pick one of our virtual private server solutions, you'll have as many as three different Operating Systems to choose from - CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu. They are all Linux distributions and we offer them rather than offering just a single OS, because the applications that you might want to run on the server may have specific requirements for the software environment. Each of these three has some pros in terms of the available packages that you can afterwards install, but what is common between them is the fact that they are really secure and dependable and have vast communities that support them. The internet hosting Control Panel alternatives for the VPS accounts depend on your Operating System choice, in order 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 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 Web Hosting
If you decide to purchase one of our dedicated servers, you'll find three Operating Systems on the registration page since we want to give you a broader choice for the system environment on the server as different apps could have specific requirements. CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian include different modules developed by their huge support communities, so you can select each of these OSs and enjoy a reliable and risk-free web hosting service. Based on your choice, you'll also have different Control Panels to choose from. Needless to say, we can always change the Operating System in case the one you've selected at first doesn't meet the requirements of the software which you want to run. We can also upgrade your OS routinely in order to keep it as risk-free as possible using our Managed Services upgrade package.