An Operating System is the software that communicates with the hardware of a computer system and functions as the intermediary between the installed applications and the hardware, which includes peripherals such as a printer, a computer mouse or a keyboard. When you run an application, it sends requests to the OS through an API (Application Program Interface) and the interaction is done through 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, which includes script apps 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 you could install a guest OS on it and have a different system environment in contrast to the physical server host Operating System.

Multiple OS in Dedicated Servers

We offer three Operating Systems with our dedicated server packages - CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian. They're all different Linux distributions and we offer them not only because they're completely free and they won't increase the low price of your new hosting server, but also because they are exceptionally secure and stable. Each one of them is supported by a vast community of developers, so you'll be able to choose from many hundreds of software packages that you could install on your server in case the app that you would like to work with has specific requirements. The Operating System will also determine what hosting Control Panel you can use because the Control Panels that we offer are compatible with particular OSs only and since we want to provide you with as much flexibility as possible, we offer a couple of OSs and multiple Control Panels. In case you get a server with a certain Operating System, we could change it upon request in case it turns out that you will need a different one. We could also keep your OS updated on a weekly basis as part of our additional Managed Services upgrade.