An Operating System is the software which interacts with the hardware of a PC and functions as the intermediary between all the applications and the hardware, which includes peripheral devices such as a printer, a computer mouse or a keyboard. When you run an app, it transmits requests to the OS using an API (Application Program Interface) and the communication 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 functions as a host for all the software installed on them, including script apps or server-side software such as a flash server, a VOIP server, etcetera. A virtual machine can be generated on a physical one, so you'll be able to install a guest OS on it and have a different system environment compared to the physical server host Operating System.
Multiple OS in VPS
Our virtual private server solutions come with three Linux distributions that you can choose from for the Operating System of your new hosting server - Debian, Ubuntu and CentOS. Aside from being free, the OSs are extremely stable and secure and the main reason to offer you all three of them is to make sure that you'll be able to run any kind of app that you'd like, as different pieces of software may have different requirements in terms of the environment they can be used on. Each of the three OSs is backed by a vast community of web developers who have created many hundreds of software packages which you can install and use on your VPS. Depending on the Operating System which you choose, you will also be able to choose between three different Control Panels to control your web hosting content. Needless to say, in case you decide that you need another OS, we could always re-install the server with it. As a paid upgrade, we also offer weekly updates of the Operating System for max stability and security.
Multiple OS in Dedicated Hosting
We offer three Operating Systems with our dedicated server packages - CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian. They are all different Linux distributions and we offer them not only because they're freely available and they will not increase the cost of your new web hosting server, but also because they are outstandingly stable and secure. Each one of them is backed up by a big community of developers, so you will be able to choose from a myriad of software packages that you may 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 web hosting Control Panel you can use because the Control Panels that we offer run on particular OSs only and because we would like to give you as much versatility as possible, we offer several OSs and multiple Control Panels. If you choose a server with a given Operating System, we could change it upon request in case it turns out that you'll need alternative one. We could also keep your OS updated weekly as a part of the additional Managed Services upgrade.