An Operating System is the software that interacts with the hardware of a PC and is the intermediary between the installed applications and the hardware, including peripheral devices such as a printer, a mouse or a keyboard. When you run software, it transfers requests to the OS through an API (Application Program Interface) and the contact is done via a command line or a Graphical User Interface (GUI). Similar to a personal computer, hosting servers also have an Operating System which serves as a host for the software installed on them, including script applications or server-side software such as a flash server, a VOIP server, etc. A virtual machine can be set up on a physical one, so it is possible to install a guest OS on it and have a different system environment in contrast with the physical server host OS.

Multiple OS in Dedicated Servers

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 are cost-free and they won't increase the cost of your new server, but also because they are very stable and secure. Each of them is supported by a big community of web developers, so you will be able to choose from many hundreds of software packages that you can install on your server in case the app that you would like to use has specific requirements. The Operating System will also determine what web hosting Control Panel you can use since the Control Panels that we offer are compatible with particular OSs only and because we would like to give you as much flexibility as possible, we offer multiple OSs and multiple Control Panels. If you get a server with a certain OS, we can change it upon request in the event that it turns out that you will need another one. We can also keep the OS updated on a weekly basis as part of the optional Managed Services upgrade.