How has it helped my organization?
With Web services, many DevOps require different configurations that could cause problems with each project's needs. We are able to supply a cheap, stable server that can cover the DevOps team, using standards we can apply very easily.
RTO with the use of templating support for VMware for fast deployment of recovery or new systems, with the least amount work needed on custom settings, within application installed from install repositories. Shorter overall time with the vetted packages. Normally install and go. Time from Dev to Prod has been reduced from months to weeks in most cases.
What is most valuable?
Each server has been installed to serve as a solution for a service needed. LAMP seems to be the most used package over all.
For how long have I used the solution?
One to three years.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
Stability of our systems has only improved since moving from CentOS to Ubuntu LTS.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
Scale would normally be limited to the hardware. As with most Linux distros, HA packages for most apps are available in the repositories and many great support forums with how-to's.
How is customer service and technical support?
With the great support forums available, I have not needed to contact support as of yet.
Which solutions did we use previously?
We still have a mix of servers and must support our legacy systems that range from Red Hat, CentOS, and FreeBSD. As time goes, on we require more stable services with updated security, and we replace them with Ubuntu LTS to unify our systems to a standard that is easy to support and deploy.
How was the initial setup?
With all the systems our network requires, this was one of easiest deployments thus far.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
Many other Linux distros were selected for testing, but Debian core was very stable. However, the Debian distro itself was very annoying, missing many basic packages, and had little to no support for template deployment in VMware vCenter 5.5 to current.
What other advice do I have?
We are a non-profit consumer with a small budget, hence the need for a stable, low-cost server to provide services to our users.
While I would recommend Ubuntu LTS (stable v16.04.3 at time of this review) try other distros to see how long it takes to deploy, and how much tweaking it will take to implement your project.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Mar 08 2018