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Consultant
Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Aug 30 2016

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»
Vendor
CTO EMEIA at Fujitsu
Apr 16 2018

What is most valuable?

With Oracle Linux Ksplice specifically, we have organizations looking for minimum downtime. We're able to apply hot-patching at any time; once we've proven they're tested, ready to go, we don't need to take downtime to apply them. We have a... more»

How has it helped my organization?

What it's allowed us to do, initially, it allowed us to develop an Intel platform specifically for Oracle. What's most important for us, where it comes across is the licensing. It's very difficult - sometimes you can build a platform that is... more»

What needs improvement?

What we found in moving from Oracle Linux 6 to Oracle Linux 7 was the whole interfacing with the application and the fact that operating had all changed, all the commands had changed. You need to be aware that there is some kind of training,... more»
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Real User
Applications And Database Operations Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Feb 07 2017

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»
Consultant
Consultant: Unix and Clusters (Orange UNIX Engineering) at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 31 2016

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»
Real User
Oracle ACE - Specialized in Systems Technologies at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 28 2018

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, T7-2, T5, M5, M5-32 and some other older servers. All of them have excellent... 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»
Consultant
Oracle Database Technical Systems Consultant at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 01 2016

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»
Consultant
Oracle Consultant / Infrastructure Platform Architect at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 22 2016

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»
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»
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»
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»
Real User
Snr Unix Admin at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 22 2016

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»
Real User
Cloud Operation Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 31 2017

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»
Canonical
Consultant
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...
Real User
Enterprise Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 19 2016

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»
Microsoft
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.
Real User
Enterprise Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Mar 07 2018

What is most valuable?

The best experience would have to be the upgrade process. It has progressed to be very easy and seamless. The most valuable aspect of the product was the support for the Oracle product stack. The Orarun package was such a tremendous help in... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The organization was using an Oracle database and application server, and the Orarun package made deploying those products so easy. It even allowed us to move most of the Oracle software configuration effort away from us to DBAs and... more»

What needs improvement?

When working in a Department of Defense environment, Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs) have to be followed. SLES is not really addressed directly here. It did make following security policy difficult. Red Hat is more friendly... more»
Real User
Assistant Vice President - (Unix) at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 22 2016

What is most valuable?

Zones and resource allocation through capping and project is my favourite feature. Lately, I have been using ZFS and I absolutely love it, but I didn't get much of a chance to explore it fully in a production environment.

How has it helped my organization?

This product performed wonderfully with my banking client, where I participated in implementation of virtualization through Solaris zones and then capping CPUs. We integrated zones with VCS clusters. It provided unmatchable stability, high... more»

What needs improvement?

I believe it's a great product and its latest versions are also really good. However, I believe Oracle is not utilising its full potential by restricting it best performance with Oracle hardware. Even though it can be run on SPARC, as well as... more»
Consultant
Solutions Architect Senior Principal Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
May 14 2017

What is most valuable?

Starting with Oracle Linux 5, we’ve started to use ext4, which has provided us better disk performance. The unbreakable kernel has been very secure and has provided us a robust OS that has outperformed many of its counterparts. Starting with... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The reliability of the product has increased our efficiency. With needing 99.98% uptime, the OS has been incredibly stable. In the 10 years I’ve been using the product, I’ve had to open zero product defects as it has functioned in every way... more»

What needs improvement?

With many other operating systems, including this one, I would love to have the ability to upgrade the kernel in place. This currently requires a reboot of the OS. With today’s applications and customer needs, having the ability to perform... more»
Real User
Principle consultant at Active Data Consulting Services Pty Ltd
Aug 09 2017

What is most valuable?

Speed and ease with integrating into Microsoft Azure AD environment, security, being able to log in the 'Hello' service.

How has it helped my organization?

In my small development environment, speed and security are important, we actually make use of the Microsoft's Edge browser -- which is getting better with each update. Simplified management of Windows 10 machines is also nice.

What needs improvement?

Intrusive 'You have updates' notification can be annoying -- as it blocks the middle of the screen, but this can be turned off. When setting a new machine up, users should be given a bit more of information in regards to creating a Microsoft... more»
Red Hat
Real User
Software Engineer at a security firm with 10,001+ employees
Mar 11 2018

What is most valuable?

The GUI for network adapters and built-in tools provided by RHEL, such as the Mozilla browser, have been valuable. Since they come built-in, it saves the time of having to install them, and you have everything necessary with the installation itself. There are several tools which Red Hat provides as add-ons such as ReaR (Relax and Recover) which can be used for... more»

What needs improvement?

Improvements are necessary to stay in the market and face the competition. I really think that the upgrade policies between the major versions, like from from RHEL 5 to RHEL 6, should be much easier, similar to what is in place for upgrading from RHEL 6 to RHEL 6.8.
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