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Consultant at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees

What is most valuable?

Well, the most valuable features are not the technical features. The most valuable feature is more of a support case feature. They build the operating system, we also run on Oracle hardware, and we run an Oracle database on top of that. The... more»

How has it helped my organization?

In general, if they move off from Windows, they will see quite heavy cost-cutting. You've got some heavier costs when you move off from Red Hat and especially if you combine it with the hardware deal where you run it on Oracle hardware. You... more»

What needs improvement?

Regarding areas for improvement, I think they follow the main kernel filler. The only thing from what I can see as an improvement is the level of adoption in the Linux community because I too often see non-Oracle products at first not being... more»
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Real User
Senior Product Manager at a software R&D company with 501-1,000 employees

What is most valuable?

What I like about Oracle Linux is that out of the box it's already pre-optimized, pre-configured, has all the right RPMs, has checking packages. It's basically all the stuff I would have to do with a different distribution manually. It... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Performance and stability. I can get maximum performance with the least amount of effort, and stability-wise, I never have a crash. I've yet to have one.

What needs improvement?

One of them is because I'm lazy, and most people wouldn't admit that, but when you go from version 6 to version 7 of Linux, a lot of commands changed, and even some file locations have changed. I wish they would keep the compatibility mode,... more»
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Real User
Systems Engineer at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

For Oracle Linux, 100% binary compatibility with RHEL was very crucial (and expected since it’s obviously a derivative of RHEL). I was also very impressed with the ability of Grid Infrastructure to provide HANFS services, as well as the... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The single biggest enhancement I personally witnessed came with the implementation of OCFS2 for shared filesystems. Prior to implementing this, one particular application cluster running Oracle’s UCM used an NFS share. While I no longer have... more»

What needs improvement?

I have no specific technical improvements to suggest, as my experience with the various products was quite satisfactory, however I do have two non-technical suggestions: * My only real criticism of any the products, based on my experience,... more»
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Real User
Senior Oracle DBA at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees

What is most valuable?

The first most valuable feature of Oracle Linux is its kernel design to meet business needs, especially on other Oracle products like Engineered Systems and Cloud Services. It supports demanding workloads such as those on Oracle Database; has... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The Oracle Linux OS plays a significant role in my organization. We've moved most of our systems and applications that were running on Windows, Solaris 10, and Red Hat and consolidated them on our database machine with Exadata, Oracle... more»

What needs improvement?

I think there's a lot of room for improvement. As our business shifts to virtualization and the cloud, the Oracle Linux infrastructure has seen a lot of changes. And even as virtualization consolidates servers and hypervisors have matured and... more»
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Applications And Database Operations Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

What is most valuable?

* The preinstall packages for Oracle RDBMS. * Single vendor support, as my customers mostly have Oracle Applications, Oracle cluster stack and Oracle RDBMS running on top of it. * It is fully compatible with RHEL. (Considering Red Hat is a... more»

How has it helped my organization?

* We use Oracle Linux templates for Oracle VM Server to provision our clone environments quickly. * We installed Oracle RDBMS almost without any effort in the OS layer,(thanks to preinstalled rpms, yums, and an easy Oracle Linux... more»

What needs improvement?

* Oracle should increase the interaction between Oracle Linux and Oracle RDBMS. (Oracle RDBMS can be packaged into Oracle Linux; a tight integration will bring advantages.) * File recovery should be added to Oracle Linux. (When you delete a... more»
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Consultant: Unix and Clusters (Orange UNIX Engineering) at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

Robust kernel: The heart of an OS, i.e., it’s the base/foundation of any operating system. If we have a robust kernel, the chance of getting server panic, etc., is reduced to almost negligible levels and that’s true with Solaris and even with... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It integrates with different applications with complete stability.

What needs improvement?

I think Oracle should also promote x86 architecture for Solaris, so that the same can be used in ESX and in cloud environments with an x86 variant. It would be a bonus for Oracle. SPARC hardware is costly. Most businesses want to run their... more»
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Real User
Malware Reseacher, Instructor, Consultant and Speaker at BlackStormSecurity

What is most valuable?

Undoubtedly, Solaris is a very stable, extremely fast, and secure operating system. I have worked as a Solaris instructor for 16 years, and certainly I can assure you that it is incomparable. An interesting point is that Oracle has been... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Fantastic features are contained in Solaris, such as Zones and LDOM, which have given solutions to companies for which I have provided consulting services. By using Solaris Zones, I have consolidated big environments into just a few hosts.... more»

What needs improvement?

During my many years of use, I've suffered with small problems while implementing the advanced features of Solaris. They were always, however, resolved by referring to the old and legendary Sun Solve and, today, to the excellent Oracle... more»
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Real User
Oracle ACE - Specialized in Systems Technologies at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 28 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features for me are: Virtualization, Debugging with Dtrace

How has it helped my organization?

I've worked with different flavors of Unix, but I chose Solaris. I like the constant innovation in the software and hardware. I've worked with servers E25k, T5, M5, M5-32 and some other older servers. All of them have excellent performance in... more»

What needs improvement?

There are some areas that could use some improvement. As with Solaris 10, you can install Solaris 11 on SPARC and x86 systems, but the number of non-Oracle x86 systems certified up to this point is less that with the previous version. In... more»
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Real User
Senior Production Support Engineer at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

I value Oracle's commercial vetting of enterprise-grade Linux. I value the enterprise grade repo which has all the functionalities of what Red Hat offers -- but Red Hat wants to charge a fortune for self-sufficient end users like me who do not require support and who are qualified and capable of supporting themselves. Oracle does not do this and they value that... more»

What needs improvement?

I have a beef with the installer." So, I don't care if bugs fell in their lap - don't send those bugs out into the field. I really couldn't care less whose fault it is I just want them to fix it! And if they can't fix it, don't upset the customer by sending out software that they know good and well has issues in it and hope that no one notice. I notice and it... more»
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Oracle Database Technical Systems Consultant at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

Reliability, safety, support offered, speed, endurance. Overall, if I’m forced to make an automotive industry comparison, from my perspective Oracle Solaris is the “Volvo” of operating systems. Reliability – because referenced operating... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Using Oracle Solaris OS in conjunction with Oracle Solaris Cluster, we are able to offer our organization full OS support so they can achieve the best possible Oracle database performance, security and failover capabilities. This way, their... more»

What needs improvement?

Since Solaris Volume Manager is the obvious choice for a shared filesystem, I would love to see improvements in SVM so that filesystems can be increased or migrated without downtime for the environment - in a similar way that ZFS is capable... more»
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Oracle Consultant / Infrastructure Platform Architect at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

Solaris' most valuable features to me are its stability, scalability, dependability, RAS, HA, I know there are loads more TLA’s that can be used, and of course it’s grown into all the new cloud features, also, to be ready for the next generation. For Oracle, it’s Oracle; is there any better database? I’m biased. It can be used on the smallest device running a... more»

What needs improvement?

I’m working less and less with the OS it seems. Where I used to think, "I’d love them to improve this," I’ve heard that's exactly what they’ve done. Even the newest Oracle Mini Cluster only has a visual interface for deployment and management. The OS always needed and still does need more of a visual interface. Not to take anything away from the command line - I... more»
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Real User
Director at Clover Infotech
Nov 26 2017

What is most valuable?

I think one of the most valuable features, I can see is Enterprise Linux. and it has been universally supported. There are some enterprise features which Oracxle added, which I don't see in any other Linux. So we recommend it to a lot of our... more»

How has it helped my organization?

One of the major benefits I have seen is that a lot of customers have unsupported Linux in their datacenters. With Oracle Linux, you have the chance to standardize entirely on one Linux platform. The second thing is that if you're running a... more»

What needs improvement?

They added a lot of features on Oracle Linux. As a consulting company, and as somebody who's working with customers, obviously the demands from the customers are plenty. I think they should market it more aggressively now because a lot of... more»
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Consultant
Oracle Database Technical Systems Consultant at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 25 2017

What is most valuable?

It provides us with templates and Oracle-validated configurations that allows quicker install and configuration of Oracle Database software. The existence of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel is special adjusted for the best performance of Oracle... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have no downtime for OS upgrades, hence customer production isn't affected, and we have no security breaches and higher performance of Oracle stack software due to its usage of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel.

What needs improvement?

Although Btrfs does a great job, I would like to see ZFS being part of future distributions. Also, a distributed replicated block device (DRBD) feature would better provide a sort of mirroring over a network of block devices, becoming a... more»
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Real User
IAM Architect at Federal Identity
Nov 22 2017

What is most valuable?

I absolutely love how I can go out, get Oracle Linux, develop something with the Identity and Access Management, and be able to deploy, it and test it, and work on it very, very quickly. That's absolutely what I love, how portable it is and... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Benefits: If you start with Oracle Linux, you can adapt to any of the Oracle products a little bit easier than any other OS.

What needs improvement?

The kernel could be expanded, a little bit more maximized to work with Kubernetes and the like. That's probably where they are going to go, a little bit more orchestration, system maintenance management. The ability to do self-diagnostics.... more»
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Real User
Snr Unix Admin at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

Backwards compatibility and stability are the most valuable features.

What needs improvement?

The product is really good in and of itself. It does need more third-party support and applications. What needs to be improved is the documentation. That's not an issue with the product per se, but the documentation lacks lots of things. It's very difficult to find related things. They are not referenced. When a document speaks about one topic, it almost never... more»
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Consultant
Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

What is most valuable?

I learned Linux on Red Hat, so Oracle Linux was an easy transition. When I first started using Oracle Linux, it wasn't that much different from Red Hat Enterprise Linux, but now, the differences are dramatic. It is much easier to install,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Many of the customers I work with are used to working with Oracle Database on Unix or Windows and are new to Linux. It is much easier to get a customer who is not familiar with Linux running on Oracle Linux than on most other Linux platforms... more»

What needs improvement?

I had some issues going from versions 5 to 6 to 7 because of the change from SysVinit to Upstart to Systemd. Also, you wouldn't fully replace another Linux product with Oracle Linux. Although it is a full Linux distribution, Oracle Linux is... more»
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Real User
Cloud Operation Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

What is most valuable?

The operating system is tweaked to work well with Oracle DB and other Oracle applications. Some kernel parameters have already been adjusted to suit Oracle products. Ksplice is a cool feature with Oracle Linux that allows you to patch your... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I think it’s fair to compare this product to Red Hat Linux and although both OSs almost have same features, Oracle Linux is cost effective. You can expect it to work well with Oracle products like OVM and Oracle OpenStack. I have been using... more»

What needs improvement?

The product is not very different from the market leader Red Hat Linux Operating System. However, it has some issues when run in a virtualized environment. These NTP and other bugs get worse with the kind of support Oracle provides for Oracle... more»
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Independent Analyst and Advisory Consultant at Server StorageIO - www.storageio.com
Jul 17 2017

What do you think of Ubuntu Linux?

Valuable Features It's a free and open source software-defined storage (SDS) that runs on various platforms such as Ubuntu, CentOS, RHEL, IBM Z, among others. It can be used for a bulk object including as an alternative to OpenStack Swift, Swiftstack, and others. Can also be configured for the block as well as the file. • Improvements to My Organization Hmmmm…….Good question. • Room for Improvement Ease of use, ease of management, ease of deployment, ease of troubleshooting, resiliency, automation, and performance. • Use of Solution I have used various versions of Ceph off and on at different times, going back several years. • Stability Issues Yes, on the other hand, deploy in a controlled environment, stay within the “box”, and it works well. • Scalability...
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Real User
Enterprise Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

What is most valuable?

Too many features to count, the built in, low overhead integration is a huge plus, as is the ease of patching, the ability to use DTRACE to real time troubleshoot issues, the integrated security and most of all the performance.

How has it helped my organization?

The compliance command simplifies how complex security audits are performed, saving time. Also the patching is better than Linux, just as easy to patch, but with the integrated snapshots easier to back out of a patch. This saves hours of... more»

What needs improvement?

One cool feature with Oracle Linux, is the ability to patch without a reboot. Getting this working on Solaris would rock! With the new M7/S7 chips, better DTRACE visibility into the hardware acceleration offloading would be nice. Difficult to... more»
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Real User
IT Applications Support Administrator at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Jul 28 2017

What is most valuable?

Most of the best Windows 10 features are centered around getting you where you want to go faster. The new right-click menu is fantastic from an IT perspective. It gives access to many commonly used tools, like Device Manager, Computer... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Users can use Miracast to the Surface Hub, which is great for meetings and client walkthroughs.

What needs improvement?

The settings and control panel are oddly disjointed. Things that show up in the Control Panel do not always show up in Settings and vice-versa. It is a pain to remember what is where.
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