Learn which Operating Systems you can easily run on your server.
An Operating System is the low-level software that controls a computer. It handles how your hardware behaves, the communication with peripherals like a monitor, a printer or a keyboard, the allocation of memory between apps, along with the prioritization of applications when several run at the same time. Each program that is installed on a PC works by sending requests to the OS for different services via an application program interface (API). The communication with the OS can be done through a Graphical User Interface (GUI) or a command line. In the hosting world, the OS is what runs a web hosting server and all of 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 are virtual machines created, they employ a guest OS that runs on the server host OS.
Multiple OS in VPS
Our virtual private server
plans feature three Linux releases which you could pick from for the Operating System of your new web server - Debian, Ubuntu and CentOS. In addition to being totally free, the OSs are extremely stable and secure and the reason to offer the 3 of them is to ensure that you'll be able to run each application that you would like, as different pieces of software could have different requirements with regards to the environment they work on. Each of the three OSs is backed by a vast community of developers who have developed thousands of software packages that you can set up and use on your VPS. Based on the Operating System that you pick, you will also be able to choose between 3 different Control Panels to handle your website hosting content. Of course, if you decide that you need some other OS, we can always reinstall the server with it. As an additional upgrade, we also offer you weekly updates of the Operating System for maximum stability and security.
Multiple OS in Dedicated Hosting
If you decide to obtain one of our dedicated servers
, you will find three Operating Systems on the registration page because we want to give you a larger choice with regard to the system environment on your machine as different apps could have certain requirements. CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian contain different modules developed by their large support communities, so you can select any of these OSs and benefit from a reliable and risk-free Internet hosting service. Depending on your choice, you will also have different Control Panels to choose from. Needless to say, we can always change the Operating System if the one you've selected at first does not meet the requirements of the software that you'd like to run. We can also update your OS regularly in order to keep it as risk-free as possible using our Managed Services upgrade package.