Compare Oracle Linux vs. Oracle Solaris

Oracle Linux is ranked 1st in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 7 reviews while Oracle Solaris is ranked 4th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 4 reviews. Oracle Linux is rated 8.6, while Oracle Solaris is rated 10.0. The top reviewer of Oracle Linux writes "Ksplice allows us to apply hot-patching without downtime and avoid scheduling issues across multiple organizations". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Oracle Solaris writes "I've worked with different flavors of Unix, but I chose Solaris. I like the constant innovation in the software and hardware". Oracle Linux is most compared with Red Hat Linux (RHEL), Oracle Solaris and CentOS, whereas Oracle Solaris is most compared with Oracle Linux, Ubuntu Linux and Red Hat Linux (RHEL). See our Oracle Linux vs. Oracle Solaris report.
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Find out what your peers are saying about Oracle Linux vs. Oracle Solaris and other solutions. Updated: January 2020.
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We are using the firewall for intrusion prevention, and it has performed well.With Oracle Linux Ksplice specifically, we have organizations looking for minimum downtime. We're able to apply hot-patching at any time; once we've proven they're tested, ready to go, we don't need to take downtime to apply them.It provides for stable Oracle deployments.

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The ability to manipulate the zones and the files within the zones from a global OS provides us flexibility that no other virtualization can match.Its networking has helped me combine the power of a neural network with the benefits of virtualization to improve the AI's performance.

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It does not have any reporting on attempted intrusions.What we found in moving from Oracle Linux 6 to Oracle Linux 7 was the whole interfacing with the application and the fact that operating had all changed, all the commands had changed. You need to be aware that there is some kind of training, some kind of handover required for your technical guys, understanding different ways of interacting with it. Bear that in mind.Kernel updates need improvement.

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Oracle customer service is slow at times.I would love to see improvements in SVM, so file systems could be increased or migrated without downtime to the environment, similar to what ZFS is capable of.

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The pricing and licensing are good.

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There is no OS licensing cost if you use their hardware and purchase hardware maintenance.It is more expensive, but very complete and worth enacting.

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Also Known As
Oracle Enterprise LinuxSolaris 11, Solaris

Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization are powerful open source foundation products optimized for building both Private and Public Cloud Infrastructure. They provide a secure, scalable, and flexible platform for running both legacy and next generation Cloud Native Applications. As the foundation for Oracle’s Public and Managed Clouds, customers benefit from the comprehensive co-engineering which ensures a robust and highly manageable platform that is battle-tested in one of the worlds largest public clouds.. Unlike many other commercial Linux distributions, Oracle Linux is easy to download and completely free to use, free to distribute, and free to update. And Oracle Linux Support levels are simple and low cost, featuring Premier lifetime support, access to additional management tools such as Oracle Enterprise Manager, zero-downtime kernel updates using Ksplice, and access to award-winning Oracle support resources and customer support specialists.

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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

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Top Industries
Comms Service Provider17%
Software R&D Company11%
Financial Services Firm6%
Software R&D Company41%
Media Company7%
Comms Service Provider6%
Manufacturing Company6%
Financial Services Firm18%
Comms Service Provider18%
Aerospace/Defense Firm9%
Consumer Goods9%
Software R&D Company32%
Comms Service Provider26%
Financial Services Firm8%
Find out what your peers are saying about Oracle Linux vs. Oracle Solaris and other solutions. Updated: January 2020.
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