An Operating System is the low-level software that controls a PC. It controls how the hardware functions, the communication with peripheral devices like a monitor, a printer or a keyboard, the allocation of memory between the installed applications, as well as the prioritization of applications when multiple ones run simultaneously. Each program that's installed on a notebook or a desktop works by sending requests to the OS for different services via an application program interface (API). The contact with the OS can be performed through a Graphical User Interface (GUI) or a command line. In the hosting field, the Operating System is what controls a web hosting server along with all of the software installed on it, which includes not only website scripts, but also any other application such as a VOIP or a game server. If there're virtual machines created, they employ a guest OS that runs on the server host OS.
Multiple OS in VPS Web Hosting
If you select one of our virtual private server packages, you will have 3 different Operating Systems to choose from - CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu. They're all Linux releases and we offer them instead of offering just one OS, because 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 certain advantages regarding the available packages that you can afterwards install, but what's common between them is that they're very secure and reliable and have large communities that support them. The internet 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 technical support team can easily reinstall the VPS with the new one in a matter of minutes. We also offer you the option to maintain the Operating System on your server up-to-date weekly.
Multiple OS in Dedicated Servers Hosting
In case you decide to get one of our dedicated servers, you will find three Operating Systems on the registration page since we want to give you a broader choice with regard to the system environment on your machine as different apps may have particular requirements. CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian include different modules developed by their huge support communities, so you can select any of these OSs and benefit from a reliable and safe Internet hosting service. Based on your decision, you'll also have different Control Panels to choose from. Of course, we can always replace the Operating System in case the one you've selected in the beginning doesn't meet the requirements of the software that you would like to run. We can also upgrade the OS on a regular basis to keep it as risk-free as possible through our Managed Services upgrade package.