An Operating System is the basic software that controls a computer. It takes care of the way your hardware operates, the communication with peripherals such as a monitor, a printer or a keyboard, the allocation of memory between your applications, and the prioritization of apps in case multiple ones run at the same time. Any program that's installed on a computer system operates by sending requests to the OS for different services by using an application program interface (API). The contact with the OS is possible through a Graphical User Interface (GUI) or a command line. In the Internet hosting field, the Operating System is what runs a hosting server along with all of the software installed on it, which includes not only website scripts, but also every other application for instance a VOIP or a game server. In case there are virtual machines created, they use a guest OS that runs on the server host OS.
Multiple OS in Dedicated Hosting
In case you decide to acquire one of our dedicated servers, you shall find three Operating Systems on the order page as we want to give you a broader choice regarding the system environment on your machine as different apps may have specific requirements. CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian contain different modules developed by their huge support communities, so you can select each of these OSs and take advantage of a reliable and secure hosting service. Depending on your decision, you'll 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 doesn't meet the requirements of the software that you'd like to run. We can also update your OS on a regular basis in order to keep it as secure as possible through our Managed Services upgrade package.