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"The best system I've ever used is Red Hat, in terms of its ability and consistency of the operating system. Other than that, the vast majority of applications that I had, you can deploy Red Hat with the support of the vast majority of applications. We don't have many issues with the OS, the support is very good.""The integrated solution approach reduces our TCO tremendously because we are able to focus on innovation instead of operations.""We find the Red Hat Satellite deployments very useful. It integrates well with other solutions.""It is a well-established operating system. We have tried to implement almost every feature of a version in our environment, and it has been very reliable. We are not facing many production issues on a day-to-day basis. They have well-documented articles on their documentation site and a knowledge base on their website. When we need to implement anything, we are able to find information about the best practices and the solution.""I like the fact that most of the system configuration is Namespace so it's easy to get to and easy to configure, and most of it still uses text documents. Not all of it's a menu-driven-type entry. I also like the fact that it's a very standard file system layout so it's easy to navigate.""The solution has features that simplify adoption for non-Linux users. There is an interface that you can activate on RHEL systems, and on other Linux systems as well, so that you will get a graphical user interface instead of just a shell. It's easier for an administrator who is used to only working on Windows.""The feature that I like the most is that we can integrate it easily with our existing infrastructure. We found that it is much easier to deploy RHEL in our environment compared to a competing distribution like Ubuntu.""Customer support is valuable."

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"The most valuable feature is the limited resources the solution uses in operation.""I like its stability, performance, and usability.""CentOS is very efficient and very powerful with many capabilities.""The most valuable feature is performance.""Very robust and easy to work with.""The solution is productive.""The solution is easy to use but not as easy as Windows.""The pricing is good. We pay a minimal fee."

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"The initial setup is very straightforward.""The stability of the solution is good. We have not had any issue with performance.""The solution is easy to use, secure and allows for simple manipulation.""The main feature is that Linux is flexible to work with for most web-based applications.""I have not experienced any issues with this operating system.""The solution offers a secure operation system.""The most valuable feature is that there is an inbuilt HANA firewall.""Linux is easy to use. You have more control on a Unix system."

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"I'd like to see more of NCurses type menu systems in some instances. We're dealing with SUSE Enterprise Linux, they have an NCurses menu system. It's a menu system. It will write there. Even some of the higher-end Unix systems like AIX have some inner menu system where all the configuration tools are right there so your administrator doesn't have to jump through multiple directories to configure files if needed. I like the simplicity of Red Hat because it's pretty easy but having an NCurses menu when you have to get something done quickly would be nice.""Linux overall needs improvement. They cannot go much beyond what Linus Torvalds's kernel implementation can do. I come from AIX, and there were very cool things in AIX that I am missing dearly, e.g., being able to support not only adding, but also reducing memory and number of processors. That is not supported on Linux right now, and it is the same for the mainstream file systems supported by Red Hat. There is no way of reducing a file system or logical volume. Whereas, in AIX, it was a shoo-in. These are the little things where we can say, "Ah, we are missing AIX for that."""The price is something that can be improved, as they are still being undercut.""It is mostly better than other solutions. However, it is sometimes difficult for disaster recovery, so we have to plan accordingly.""I'm not sure how the support is being changed in terms of needing to pay for it. That's an area that can be improved. They should offer support without charging users for it.""Sometimes they don't have new versions for applications like Apache or PHP. I understand it's because they have to have support for them, so they can't have the latest version all the time, but that's the main thing I see that could be improved.""The biggest thing that is crushing RHEL is documentation. Their documentation is haphazard at best. The man pages that you can use locally are pretty good, they've been fleshed out pretty well, but the documentation from Red Hat itself really needs somebody to go through it and review it.""It could be a bit more user-friendly. It could also be cheaper."

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"The solution is stable, however, it could always be even more stable if possible.""The server system is a little bit tough to manage.""Lacks sufficient security and some coding tools.""Integration with other platforms could be improved.""The solution could improve by making the management tools better for the DevOps teams. For example, WebEX and Webstacks.""Previous versions were unstable.""In the future, CentOS will no longer be compatible with Red Hat.""We occasionally have issues with software installation."

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"In the next release it would be nice to see more integration and better automation of processses.""The initial setup could be simplified.""We have had trouble integrating Autodesk with the SUSE manager.""Red Hat has more packages that are available than SUSE does. I'd love to see more projects based on SUSE.""The free version sometimes has security holes.""The interface could improve.""I would like to see GUI improved, it could be more user-friendly.""I would like to see better functionality for interacting with cloud-based systems."

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"RHEL is expensive.""Red Hat Linux is inexpensive. Linux solutions are generally inexpensive.""Because it is a subscription, you can go elastic. This means you can buy a year, then you can skip a year. It is not like when you buy something. You don't buy it. You are paying for the support on something, and if you don't pay for the support on something, there is no shame because there are no upfront costs. It changes the equation. However, we have such growth right now on the Linux platform that we are reusing and scavenging these licenses. From a business standpoint, not having to buy, but just having to pay for maintenance, changes a lot of the calculations.""We are an educational institution and as such, what we pay is less than the average company.""It is more expensive than other vendors in terms of pricing and licensing, but because of its stability, I have to go with it.""The licensing with Red Hat is on par with other organizations like Microsoft. We have a site license, which gives us a certain number of servers, perhaps 25,000, for the type of license that we have. That works really well for us.""In terms of the solution’s single subscription and install repository for all types of systems, we can have as many RHEL installations as we want because we have a specific subscription that entitles us to have as many RHEL services as we want. We pay for a subscription and with that we get RHEL and Satellite as well.""We have a site license on a yearly basis. Generally, we're okay with its price, but everything could be cheaper."

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"It is open-source, which means it is a free product. It has a one-time deployment cost.""There is no license required for this solution.""There are no licensing fees for CentOS.""We are using a subscription-based license option for CentOS.""There are no licensing fees. CentOS is a free solution.""CentOS is a free solution.""There is no price or licensing required — it's open-source.""There are no licensing costs for CentOS."

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"There is a free tier and a paid support tier. If you do not need support, then the solution is free to use. If you need support then there is an option for that as well.""Anyone can use Linux because it is open-source.""I have to pay for a license in order to get support.""The license we pay is for Oracle. We make use of the community edition.""When we first implemented this product, we had licenses for support."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Red Hat Enterprise Linux is fantastic. It is an inexpensive solution that has excellent security, performance, and… more »
Top Answer: The integrated solution approach reduces our TCO tremendously because we are able to focus on innovation instead of… more »
Top Answer: RHEL is a great place to go. They have a great thing that is not very well-known, which is called the Learning… more »
Top Answer: The most valuable feature is that it is compatible with RedHat.
Top Answer: In the future, CentOS will no longer be compatible with Red Hat. I would prefer that it remains compatible because when… more »
Top Answer: The solution is easy to use, secure and allows for simple manipulation.
Top Answer: The license we pay is for Oracle. We make use of the community edition.
Top Answer: In the next release it would be nice to see more integration and better automation of processes.
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux, RHEL
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To put your enterprise in a position to win, you have to break down the barriers that hold you back. With Red Hat Enterprise Linux, a platform with unparalleled stability and flexibility, you can reallocate your resources toward meeting the next challenges instead of just maintaining the status quo.

For SAP workloads, Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Solutions combines the reliability, scalability, and performance of Linux with technologies that meet the specific requirements of SAP workloads. It’s certified for integration with SAP S/4HANA and built on the same foundation as the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux.  For more information on Red Hat's portfolio of solutions for SAP workloads visit www.redhat.com/sap.

CentOS Linux provides a free and open source computing platform to anyone who wishes to use it. CentOS Linux releases are built from publicly available open source source code provided by Red Hat, Inc for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

The modern and modular OS helps simplify multimodal IT, makes traditional IT infrastructure efficient and provides an engaging platform for developers. As a result, you can easily deploy and transition business-critical workloads across on-premise and public cloud environments.

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Sample Customers
Travel Channel, Mohawk Industries, Hilti, Molecular Health, Exolgan, Hotelplan Group, Emory University, BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, HCA Healthcare, Paychex, UPS, Intermountain Healthcare, Brinker International, TransUnion, Union Bank, CA Technologies
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Air India, Akademicki Szpital Kliniczny (ASK), Allone, Altran, Apollo, ARCHIVA, Asia Innovatory Management School, ATLAS ELEKTRONIK GmbH, AutoData Norge AS, Baldor Electric, Business Connexion, CASIO, Ciclum Farma, Delta Lloyd, Edumate , HPE,  SAP SE,  Lenovo, BMW, T-Systems, UCX, Turners & Growers, Shenzhen Development Bank, Bosch Group, JK Tyres & Industries, IOCL, European Space Agency, Daimler AG, China Minsheng Banking Corp, Café Coffee Day, Unisys,  Petrochina Company Ltd, Fitch Ratings, ABeam Consulting Co Ltd, Tyro Payments, Rackspace, Pacific Textiles, ...
Top Industries
Financial Services Firm21%
Security Firm7%
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider25%
Manufacturing Company6%
Educational Organization15%
Computer Software Company15%
Manufacturing Company15%
Comms Service Provider37%
Computer Software Company21%
Manufacturing Company5%
Marketing Services Firm11%
Manufacturing Company11%
Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company26%
Manufacturing Company7%
Company Size
Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise56%
Small Business10%
Midsize Enterprise37%
Large Enterprise53%
Small Business38%
Midsize Enterprise34%
Large Enterprise28%
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise36%
Large Enterprise36%
Find out what your peers are saying about CentOS vs. SUSE Linux Enterprise and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
555,139 professionals have used our research since 2012.

CentOS is ranked 7th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 20 reviews while SUSE Linux Enterprise is ranked 6th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 9 reviews. CentOS is rated 8.2, while SUSE Linux Enterprise is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of CentOS writes "Relegated to a test bench, and therefore is no longer stable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SUSE Linux Enterprise writes "Stable with an elegant design and good performance". CentOS is most compared with Oracle Linux, Ubuntu Linux, openSUSE Leap, Windows Server and Oracle Solaris, whereas SUSE Linux Enterprise is most compared with openSUSE Leap, Ubuntu Linux, Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris and Windows Server. See our CentOS vs. SUSE Linux Enterprise report.

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