Every PC or web server is run by an Operating System - the low-level software that communicates with the hardware, including peripheral devices such as a mouse or a printer, together with any applications that are present on your system. Any program input through a command line or a Graphical User Interface (GUI) is processed by sending an Application Program Interface (API) request to the OS. On a server, any app runs within the parameters established by the OS as well - priority, physical memory, processing time, and so on. This goes for both standard site scripts and server-side software like a media server. If a virtual server is created on a physical one, there can be two different Operating Systems, called guest OS and host OS, so that you'll be able to set up a different software environment on a single machine.

Multiple OS in Dedicated Web Hosting

We offer three Operating Systems with our dedicated server solutions - CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian. They're 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 hosting server, but also because they are really secure and stable. Each one of them is supported by a large community of developers, so you will be able to choose from many hundreds of software packages that you may install on your server in case the application that you intend to use has certain 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 want to give you as much versatility as possible, we offer a couple of OSs and multiple Control Panels. In case you get a server with a certain Operating System, we can change it upon request in the event that it turns out that you'll need another one. We could also keep your OS updated weekly as a part of our useful Managed Services upgrade.