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Sr Manager - Information Security & Researcher at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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A good and productive solution which is straightforward and scalable

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is productive."
  • "The performance could stand improvement."

What is our primary use case?

We use CentOS Seven.

The solution allows us to run our personal and business applications. 

What needs improvement?

Going forward, it would be nice to see how the container orchestration technologies are incorporated into this particular operating system baseline. I know that such platforms as OpenShift exist, but containers would basically be the norm. I want to see how CentOS can take it at the ground level up. 

The performance could stand improvement. 

While the solution is already secure, this could be improved. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using CentOS for ten years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is productive. It is good and is not buggy. While I have been using it for 25 years, I feel that it would be a mistake for me to get too attached to any specific operating system, as I come from a security domain background. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable. 

How was the initial setup?

The installation is straightforward. 

It takes less than an hour. 

What about the implementation team?

One can handle the installation on his own. 

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

The solution is not subscription-based, unlike Red Hat. It involves recompiled binaries, so it does not come with a subscription fee. 

What other advice do I have?

My role involves the management of security tools. 

I would always recommend the solution to others. 

Our support involves 50,000 servers, 90 percent of these being linux-based. 

I rate CentOS as a nine out of ten. 

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Storage Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Reliable, and simple to install, but it is it confusing, and difficult to use

What is our primary use case?

I run my personal applications on CentOS.

What needs improvement?

CentOS is not easy.  I have searched the command center, but I cannot switch the accounts.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with CentOS for four years. I am working with the latest version of CentOS.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

CentOS is a stable product.

How are customer service and support?

The technical support is good. YouTube contains a wealth of information. YouTube is an excellent source of information. The CentOS website provides useful information and allows you to download the PPS, which is a benefit.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Approximately two years ago, I worked with…

What is our primary use case?

I run my personal applications on CentOS.

What needs improvement?

CentOS is not easy. 

I have searched the command center, but I cannot switch the accounts.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with CentOS for four years.

I am working with the latest version of CentOS.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

CentOS is a stable product.

How are customer service and support?

The technical support is good.

YouTube contains a wealth of information. YouTube is an excellent source of information.

The CentOS website provides useful information and allows you to download the PPS, which is a benefit.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Approximately two years ago, I worked with Google Drive.

I also work with Kali Linux.

How was the initial setup?

CentOS can be easily installed in VMWare and VirtualBox. The installation is straightforward. However, on the server, it is difficult for me to detect errors and check other applications.

It took seven months to complete the installation.

What about the implementation team?

I completed the installation myself.

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

I'm not required to pay a licensing fee.

What other advice do I have?

If you are an IT technician or an apprentice, I would recommend this solution, however, if you are a regular user, I cannot recommend it because I find it confusing and difficult to use.

I will continue to use this solution.

I would rate CentOS a seven out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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DB
MIS Specialist at a agriculture with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5
Stable and reasonably priced, and performance compares favorably to others

What is our primary use case?

Our file management system is based on CentOS.

What is most valuable?

It's quite good. It is better than Ubuntu Linux.

What needs improvement?

We occasionally have issues with software installation. For example, if we want to install a gen framework, we will face some challenges.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with CentOS for approximately five years. We are using the latest version of CentOS.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

CentOS is a stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

In our organization, there are four or five users. At the moment, we have no plans to increase our usage.

How are customer service and support?

We have not yet contacted…

What is our primary use case?

Our file management system is based on CentOS.

What is most valuable?

It's quite good.

It is better than Ubuntu Linux.

What needs improvement?

We occasionally have issues with software installation. For example, if we want to install a gen framework, we will face some challenges.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with CentOS for approximately five years.

We are using the latest version of CentOS.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

CentOS is a stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

In our organization, there are four or five users.

At the moment, we have no plans to increase our usage.

How are customer service and support?

We have not yet contacted technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We are also using Ubuntu Linux.

How was the initial setup?

The installation can take up to a day, but it can also be completed in as little as 10 minutes.

What about the implementation team?

We have a team of four or five engineers who will install and maintain this solution.

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

We have no complaints about the price, which is quite reasonable.

We have a CentOS license that we pay for on a yearly basis.

What other advice do I have?

Both CentOS and Ubuntu Linux are great choices.

I would rate CentOS a nine out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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MF
Manager Tech. & Support (Information Technology) at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
Highly stable, easy to use, but could be more scalable

What is our primary use case?

We are using CentOS for some of our applications on one single server.

What is most valuable?

The solution is easy to use but not as easy as Windows.

What needs improvement?

The solution could improve by being more user-friendly.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using CentOS for approximately five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is highly stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution needs to improve on its scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not needed to contact technical support.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is a little difficult.

What about the implementation team?

We have one engineer…

What is our primary use case?

We are using CentOS for some of our applications on one single server.

What is most valuable?

The solution is easy to use but not as easy as Windows.

What needs improvement?

The solution could improve by being more user-friendly.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using CentOS for approximately five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is highly stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution needs to improve on its scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not needed to contact technical support.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is a little difficult.

What about the implementation team?

We have one engineer that does the implementation of this solution.

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

We are using a subscription-based license option for CentOS.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution for applications that you want to have high stability.

I rate CentOS a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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MW
Project Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
High performance, stable, and easy installation

What is our primary use case?

We are using this solution as an operating system for scientific computing.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is performance.

What needs improvement?

The solution might be discontinued but I hope that IBM will continue to develop it and improve on the functionally and features.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for approximately 10 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have more than 20 customers that use this solution scientific computing.

How was the initial setup?

The installation easy and takes approximately 20 minutes.

What about the implementation team?

We did the…

What is our primary use case?

We are using this solution as an operating system for scientific computing.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is performance.

What needs improvement?

The solution might be discontinued but I hope that IBM will continue to develop it and improve on the functionally and features.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for approximately 10 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have more than 20 customers that use this solution scientific computing.

How was the initial setup?

The installation easy and takes approximately 20 minutes.

What about the implementation team?

We did the implementation ourselves and we have a team of seven engineers that do the implementation and maintenance. 

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

There is no license required for this solution.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others.

I rate CentOS a nine out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator
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Faruk Kutlu
Managing Partner at Veribir Ltd
Real User
Top 5
Easy on resources, free to use, and highly stable

What is our primary use case?

We have been using CentOS for web-based applications, containers, and OpenStack.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the limited resources the solution uses in operation.

What needs improvement?

The solution could improve by making the management tools better for the DevOps teams. For example, WebEX and Webstacks.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using CentOS for approximately 10 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

CentOS is highly stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable but not at the operating system level. Web-based applications are using this solution in my organization which many users could be using them.

What's my experience

What is our primary use case?

We have been using CentOS for web-based applications, containers, and OpenStack.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the limited resources the solution uses in operation.

What needs improvement?

The solution could improve by making the management tools better for the DevOps teams. For example, WebEX and Webstacks.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using CentOS for approximately 10 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

CentOS is highly stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable but not at the operating system level.

Web-based applications are using this solution in my organization which many users could be using them.

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

CentOS is a free solution.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution for the server-side.

I rate CentOS a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
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AK
Technical Support Specialist at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Very robust with good monitoring; GUI could be merged and expansion simplified

Pros and Cons

  • "Very robust and easy to work with."
  • "GUI could be merged and expansion simplified."

What is most valuable?

This solution is a very robust operating system, particularly when compared to Windows. It's informative and easy to work with and there's no extra cost involved in installation which reduces our overheads. The monitoring is good. 

What needs improvement?

I think the GUI could be merged and expansion simplified; both those things would be an improvement. Upgrading servers could be simplified because increasing the hard disk is quite complex.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for close to 12 years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a solid solution. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable and flexible. Even after installing CentOS, it can be expanded.  

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very straightforward. 

What other advice do I have?

I recommend CentOS 8 if you're okay with the command line then there's no better option and it's open source. 

I rate this product a seven out of 10. 

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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IR
Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
A stable system with good performance

What is most valuable?

CentOS is a good and stable system. It provides everything you need for web servers and database servers. One server can hold a few thousand users. Installation can be done through an automated process.

What needs improvement?

The server system is a little bit tough to manage. It is not as easy as I would like it to be.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using it for more than ten years. We use dedicated servers for this solution.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability and performance are good.

How was the initial setup?

We used a fully automated process for installation.

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

There are no licensing fees. CentOS is a free solution.

Which other

What is most valuable?

CentOS is a good and stable system. It provides everything you need for web servers and database servers.

One server can hold a few thousand users.

Installation can be done through an automated process.

What needs improvement?

The server system is a little bit tough to manage. It is not as easy as I would like it to be.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using it for more than ten years.

We use dedicated servers for this solution.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability and performance are good.

How was the initial setup?

We used a fully automated process for installation.

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

There are no licensing fees. CentOS is a free solution.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Fedora.

What other advice do I have?

CentOS is more simple than Windows, and I would rate it at ten on a scale from one to ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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