Operating Systems

The following OS templates are available with GMO Cloud. Each template comes with complete execution verification. Whether you choose a Linux or Windows OS template, your VMs will be supported by the industry leading Xen hypervisor, which powers the largest clouds in production today.

(*) Execution verification not available for beta version OS templates.
(*) Installation packages are time sensitive. Use the rpm command to find out the latest information.

Linux OS Templates

Below is a list of Linux distribution templates available for free with GMO Cloud. If the distribution you wish to run isn't here, please contact us and we can help you install it. For help in choosing a Linux distribution, please see the article below.

OS Templates (*) Data Center Locations
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CentOS 5.5 LAMPP x64 Free Free Free
CentOS 5.5 Plesk10 x64 xen (*1) Free Free Free
CentOS 5.5 x64 Free Free Free
CentOS 5.7 LAMP x64 Free Free Free
CentOS 5.7 x64 Free Free Free
CentOS 6.0 LAMP x64 Free Free Free
CentOS 6.0 Plesk10 x64 (*1) Free Free Free
CentOS 6.0 x64 Free Free Free
CentOS 6.2 LAMP x64 Free Free Free
CentOS 6.2 Plesk11 x64 (*1) Free Free Free
CentOS 6.2 x64 Free Free Free
Debian 6.0 LAMP x64 Free Free no
Debian 6.0 x64 Free Free no
Fedora 15 x64 Free Free no
Ubuntu 10.04 LAMP x64 Free Free Free
Ubuntu 10.04 x64 Free Free Free
Ubuntu 11.04 LAMP x64 Free Free Free
Ubuntu 11.04 x64 Free Free Free
Ubuntu 12.04 x64 (*2) Free Free Free

(*) Up to 4GB of memory can be recognized by the OS with a Linux OS 32bit version (x86) template.
(*1) Select an OS template here when using Plesk 10. No initial license is set in the virtual machine, so please purchase the "10 domain version" or "unlimited domain version" license from the Cloud Portal.
(*2) The Ubuntu 12.04 x64 OS template can not be used in conjunction with the Auto-scale type of load balancer.

Selecting the Right Linux Distribution

Defining Your Priorities

The first question to ask is: what kind of server do you want to set up? Is it a production server – in which case reliability and stability are important? Or are you just operating for personal enjoyment or leisure – in which case you would benefit from something more flexible?

The next question to ask, though, is: how experienced in Linux are you? If you’re a novice yearning for guidance, Debian might prove more attractive than Ubuntu, CentOS and Fedora, which might be better suited to more advanced users.

Distribution Descriptions

Similarities among Linux distributions usually safeguard against serious user mistakes. They may exhibit variations in the performance of tasks but, crucially, will not show inability to perform the tasks themselves.


Using APT as its package manager and offering users regular software updates, Ubuntu has been well-received by desktops and servers. As frequent updates may be exploited by bugs, Ubuntu also releases an LTS (Long-Term Support) version at certain intervals. LTS package versions are all about stability, less-so about the latest gizmos – thus suitable for production server use. Those completely unable to decide on the best distribution should start with Ubuntu LTS, especially as extensive web support is available.


Using RPM as a package manager and emphasizing reliability, CentOS is a very stable distribution whose packages contain far fewer bugs and security flaws than initially was the case. It is well-suited to production environments and largely compatible with enterprise software, but not all software vendors may approve it for every situation. Although commended for stability, software versions included with CentOS are hardly the hottest new trends on the market.


Stable, secure and similar to CentOS, Debian has built its reputation on using older packages with proven historical success that have even been used to develop other distributors such as Ubuntu. Package-managed by APT, Debian provides an "unstable" repository for ambitious server admins looking to incorporate newer software releases into a Debian installation without sacrificing the stability of the rest of the system.


Fedora, whose package manager is RPM, focuses on including cutting-edge software via constant release of newer packages, and is thus ideal for those who require consistent access to the latest software versions. Reliable as a server distribution, it is also popular as a desktop distribution for users who are merely dipping in to the Linux adventure.

Windows OS Templates

Windows on the Cloud

Do you frequently use apps and sites with a Windows base? Are you searching for that vital, powerful cloud platform to accommodate them? Look no further – with the variations of Windows Server 2008 that we provide, you will join the long list of businesses to have benefited from this product's highly stable and reliable performance. Each virtual machine can accommodate up to 2008GB of storage, 16 Virtual CPU cores and 60GB of RAM.

OS Templates Data Center Locations
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Windows 2008 Standard Edition R2 iis x64 xen (*1) $0.083/h
Windows 2008 Standard Edition R2 x64 xen (*1) $0.083/h
Windows 2008 Enterprise Edition R2 iis x64 xen (*2) $0.265/h
Windows 2008 Enterprise Edition R2 x64 xen (*2) $0.265/h

(*1) Up to 4 cores of virtual CPU and 32 GB memory can be recognized by the OS with "Windows 2008 Standard Edition R2x64" or "Windows 2008 Standard Edition r2 iis x 64."
(*2) Up to 8 cores of virtual CPU can be recognized with "Windows 2008 Standard Edition R2 x64" or "Windows 2008 Standard Edition r2 iis x 64."

Windows Server 2008 R2

Actively maintained by Microsoft, Windows Server 2008 is one of the most secure and reliable server OS' on the market. Take advantage of features such as Network Access Protection (NAP) and On-board Visualization.

Cost-reduction with Virtualization

Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization software allows you to manage your memory more effectively and move your virtual machines efficiently.

RDS - Remote Desktop Services

Windows 7 users can use this platform to integrate an unprecedented degree of remote support, security, roll outs and other services for users.

More Details

More details are available via the following Microsoft Windows Server 2008 references: