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Find out what your peers are saying about Oracle Solaris vs. openSUSE Leap and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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"The integrated solution approach reduces our TCO tremendously because we are able to focus on innovation instead of operations.""This is a very robust product that doesn't require a lot of handling. It just works.""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.""Its security is the most valuable. It is very stable and has many features. It also has good performance. Some of our clients were using Windows servers and products. I suggested Red Hat Linux to them and described the features. They switched to it, and they really loved it. There were around 50 servers in my last company, and they switched all those servers from Windows to Red Hat. I used to manage those servers.""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.""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.""Customer support is valuable."

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"The solution is easy for me to use because the backend is derived from FreeBSD and this is something I have been using for over 20 years.""The most valuable feature by far has been the virtualization capabilities of the operating system."

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"It works well. It is very stable and very good. It is also very safe. It cannot be easily infected by viruses or attacks.""Oracle Solaris is great due to the fact that it actually is meant for high-end servers.""One of the main features of this solution is the ease of use.""The stability of the solution is good.""Solaris is scalable because they have their own file system, like CFS.""The backup capabilities are quite good.""Oracle Solaris was the preferred operating system for their customers to run their databases on and to get the best performance. It performs well with Oracle applications. Additionally, there are some features inside that are called zones which are Linux containers."

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Cons
"Their pricing and documentation can be improved.""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.""It could be a bit more user-friendly. It could also be cheaper.""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.""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.""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.""The vulnerability assessment part should also be improved. We do a lot of patching regularly. They try to fix an issue very quickly, and we also end up facing bugs that are not properly documented. When releasing the general availability for a particular solution, they need to do a lot more work on their side."

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"Like most Linux-based operating systems, the biggest challenge Leap faces is the GUI.""In the future, the Active Directory could improve."

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"I believe before Oracle was using Oracle Linux, they were using Oracle Solaris for their customers who are using Oracle databases. This was because it was more optimized for the hardware built for it. It has good performance for the database only. However, if you take it out of the Oracle applications, it will not do well compared to other operating systems, such as Linux or even Windows can have better performance.""It would be helpful if the solution offered backend management. In the 11.4 version, Oracle added a management console. It would be great if we maybe had a user management tool to go with it.""Solaris is not easy to use. It needs better GUI, UI, and configuration tools.""It is not easy to use. It doesn't have a user-friendly interface. It should be easy to use. We are planning to move from Solaris to Linux because Linux is more flexible and user-friendly. Its installation should also be easier. Solaris also needs specific hardware to work well, which is another reason why we are moving to Linux. It should be more flexible in terms of hardware. It should have better integration with other hardware platforms.""When we switch over to Solaris it was not easy because we had some troubles with the performance. Solaris is from Oracle and you would expect that it would run flawlessly, but we had some issues in sizing the previous Linux environment to the Solaris environment.""Currently, there are two variants, there's SPARC and there's x86. I would have wanted a scenario where they're all just one product."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"We are an educational institution and as such, what we pay is less than the average company.""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.""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.""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.""Red Hat Linux is inexpensive. Linux solutions are generally inexpensive.""RHEL is expensive.""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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"The cost of this solution was reasonable and it was within our budget.""This is an open-source operating system that can be used free of charge."

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"The price is not good and needs to improve.""Its licensing is on a yearly basis.""This solution needs a license to use it.""If you buy Oracle hardware it's supported free with the hardware. If you're putting it on non-Oracle hardware, that is when you buy the support license, which is also very reasonable. It is $1000 dollars per year, so it's not overly expensive.""There should be an option to install the solution for free and just pay for the support. We purchased an annual license and the price could be better."

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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 by far has been the virtualization capabilities of the operating system.
Top Answer: Like most Linux-based operating systems, the biggest challenge Leap faces is the GUI. I've found that while all of them… more »
Top Answer: I use Leap as a desktop operating system in my office. I use it primarily for virtualization now, in all of my smaller… more »
Top Answer: When comparing Oracle Linux and Solaris, I believe that Linux is more secure and more flexible. It is also very suitable… more »
Top Answer: One of the main features of this solution is the ease of use.
Top Answer: There should be an option to install the solution for free and just pay for the support. We purchased an annual license… more »
Comparisons
Also Known As
Red Hat Enterprise Linux, RHEL
Solaris 11, Solaris
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Overview

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.

openSUSE Leap is a brand new way of building openSUSE and is new type of hybrid Linux distribution. Leap uses source from SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE), which gives Leap a level of stability unmatched by other Linux distributions, and combines that with community developments to give users, developers and sysadmins the best stable Linux experience available. Contributor and enterprise efforts for Leap bridge a gap between matured packages and newer packages found in openSUSE’s other distribution Tumbleweed.

Oracle Solaris is a complete, secure, enterprise-grade cloud platform. From built-in, near zero-overhead virtualization and application-driven Software Defined Networking, to scalable data management and high availability clustering, we give you everything you need to build your enterprise cloud.

Oracle Solaris 11.3 is the world's most advanced enterprise operating system. It delivers security, speed, and simplicity for enterprise cloud environments and DevOps

For more information on Oracle Solaris, visit Oracle.com

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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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Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm21%
Government21%
University14%
Security Firm7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider25%
Government9%
Manufacturing Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider42%
Computer Software Company17%
Government8%
Educational Organization6%
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider24%
Financial Services Firm18%
Consumer Goods Company12%
Wholesaler/Distributor6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider29%
Computer Software Company26%
Government8%
Financial Services Firm6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise56%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business10%
Midsize Enterprise37%
Large Enterprise53%
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REVIEWERS
Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise70%
Find out what your peers are saying about Oracle Solaris vs. openSUSE Leap and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,873 professionals have used our research since 2012.

openSUSE Leap is ranked 9th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 2 reviews while Oracle Solaris is ranked 8th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 9 reviews. openSUSE Leap is rated 9.6, while Oracle Solaris is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of openSUSE Leap writes "Good virtualization capabilities, stable, and cost-effective ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Oracle Solaris writes "Powerful with high availability and very stable". openSUSE Leap is most compared with SUSE Linux Enterprise, Ubuntu Linux, CentOS and Windows 10, whereas Oracle Solaris is most compared with Oracle Linux, Windows 10, Ubuntu Linux and CentOS. See our Oracle Solaris vs. openSUSE Leap report.

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