Every desktop or notebook or server is run by an Operating System - the low-level software which interacts with the hardware equipment, including peripherals such as a mouse or a printer, and any apps that are installed on your system. Any program input through a command line or a Graphical User Interface (GUI) is processed by sending an Application Program Interface (API) request to the OS. On a server, any application runs within the parameters defined by the OS as well - priority, physical memory, processing time, and so on. This goes for both standard site scripts and server-side software like a media server. In case a virtual server is generated on a physical one, there can be two different Operating Systems, called guest OS and host OS, so that you will be able to set up a different software environment on the very same machine.
Multiple OS in VPS Web Hosting
In case you select one of our virtual private 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 rather than offering just one OS, as the apps that you may want to run on the server could have specific requirements regarding the software environment. Each one of these three has some advantages in terms of the available plans that you may later on install, but what is common between them is that they're really secure and reliable and have large communities that support them. The hosting Control Panel options for the VPS accounts depend on your OS choice, so as to give you more flexibility. In case you order the virtual server with one OS and you need another one later, our tech support team can easily reinstall the VPS with the new one in just a few minutes. We also offer you the option to keep the Operating System on your server up-to-date on a weekly basis.
Multiple OS in Dedicated Servers Hosting
The dedicated server plans that we offer come with three different Operating Systems to pick from. They are all Linux release - Ubuntu, CentOS and Debian, and not only do they have no license taxes, but they are also known as the most stable and safe OSs. We offer three different ones as each one of them is supported by a separate community. The packages which you can add on your server are different and this may matter if you want to install some piece of software with particular requirements for the hosting environment. In this light, the web hosting Control Panel that you can select for the dedicated server also depends on the OS that you'll choose. You can choose any of the three Operating Systems during the order process, yet if necessary, we can always set up the server once again with an alternative one upon your request. As an optional service that you can add to the package at any moment, we can update your OS on a regular basis to keep it as secure as possible.