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Michael-Wilson
Consultant
Solutions Architect Senior Principal Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ 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... 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... 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.... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

With everything from hardware to software, we recommend to analyze all options. Not every customer or application will... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We used to use RedHat. Support costs drived us to switch. We’ve saved thousands of dollars.

What other advice do I have?

Read the documentation, follow best practices and if you do not have standards in place, follow up on NIST/IRS... more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Sales Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Mar 04 2018

What is most valuable?

Enterprise support is available for our customers. Pre-RHEL, I used Red Hat desktop for personal PC.

How has it helped my organization?

The company that I worked for that employed RHEL was a PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System - think of an... more»

What needs improvement?

Support.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I was an engineer, never discussed pricing.

Which solutions did we use previously?

I have used lots of flavors of Linux going back to 1995. Enterprise support was the reason Red Hat was selected.

What other advice do I have?

My advice: Kickstart is your friend.
Anonymous User
Real User
Applications & Systems Administrator at a university with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 03 2017

What do you think of CentOS?

What is most valuable?: Command Line Cost Ease of maintenance With Linux, you can do a lot on the command line. Once a Linux server has been built, it tends to be stable with no performance leakage. • How has it helped my organization?: Scalability Security Performance • What needs improvement?: I would like it to be more intuitive. There could be better help facilities. However, I guess the GUI can be fairly intuitive. • What do I think about the stability of the solution?: I did not encounter any issues with stability. • What do I think about the scalability of the solution?: I did not encounter any issues with scalability. • How is customer service and technical support?: I would rate the level of technical as OK. • Which solutions did we use...

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