An Operating System is the low-level software which controls a computer. It handles how your hardware functions, the communication with peripheral devices like a monitor, a printer or a keyboard, the allocation of memory between your applications, and the prioritization of apps if multiple ones run at the same time. Each and every program that's installed on a laptop or a desktop works by sending requests to the OS for various services via an application program interface (API). The interaction with the OS can be achieved through a Graphical User Interface (GUI) or a command line. In the web hosting world, the Operating System is what runs a hosting server and all the software installed on it, which includes not only website scripts, but also every other application for example a VOIP or a game server. In case there're virtual machines created, they work with a guest OS that runs on the server host OS.
Multiple OS in VPS
If you decide to go for one of our virtual private server plans, you'll be able to opt for one of the three Linux releases which we offer for the OS of the servers - CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian. They're among the most preferred and most dependable server OSs available on the market and we offer them in order to give you a choice for the software environment of your machine if you want to install some app with specific requirements regarding the packages that have to be present on the server. We also offer three web hosting Control Panels and which one of them you'll be able to use depends on the OS that you've selected. We leave the option to replace the server Operating System open, so if you want to use an application that requires an OS different from the one that's already present, we can always reinstall the VPS. In addition, we can keep the OS up-to-date weekly by installing all of the security updates which may be available.
Multiple OS in Dedicated Hosting
If you decide to acquire one of our dedicated servers, you'll find three Operating Systems on the order page since we want to give you a wider choice regarding the system environment on the machine as different applications can have certain requirements. CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian contain different modules developed by their vast support communities, so you can select any of these OSs and enjoy a reliable and safe 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 in case the one you have selected at first does not meet the requirements of the software which you want to run. We can also update your OS regularly in order to keep it as risk-free as possible with our Managed Services upgrade package.