Every notebook or desktop or web server is run by an Operating System - the low-level program which communicates with the hardware equipment, including peripherals such as a mouse and a printer, together with any applications that are currently installed on the 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 application runs within the parameters set by the OS as well - priority, physical memory, processing time, and so on. This goes for both standard Internet site scripts and server-side software like a media server. If a virtual server is set up on a physical one, there can be two independent Operating Systems, called guest OS and host OS, which means that you can set up a different software environment on a single machine.

Multiple OS in Dedicated Servers

We offer three Operating Systems with our dedicated server plans - CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian. They're all different Linux distributions and we offer them not only because they're freely available and they won't increase the low price of your new web server, but also because they are very secure and stable. Each of them is backed up by a vast community of web developers, so you'll be given the option to choose from thousands of software packages that you could install on your server in case the application that you intend to use has certain requirements. The Operating System will also determine what hosting Control Panel you can use because the Control Panels that we offer are compatible with specific OSs only and because we want to provide you with as much adaptability as possible, we offer multiple OSs and multiple Control Panels. If you get a server with a given Operating System, we can change it upon request in the event that it turns out that you will need another one. We could also keep the OS updated on a weekly basis as part of our useful Managed Services upgrade.