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"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.""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.""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.""This is a very robust product that doesn't require a lot of handling. It just works.""Customer support is valuable.""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 integrated solution approach reduces our TCO tremendously because we are able to focus on innovation instead of operations.""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."

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"Oracle Linux is a secure solution.""One of the main features of this solution is it is secure.""The solution is easy to use.""The stability is excellent and the initial setup is easy.""I feel the stability to be the solution's best feature.""The performance is good and the solution has been stable.""Oracle Linux is very compatible with other platforms.""The installation is straightforward and it did not take very long."

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"The solution is straightforward to install and took approximately 30 minutes.""It is very easy to use. The system is very user-friendly.""The solution is scalable.""This product works well for the applications that we have hosted on it.""The features that I like the most are that it's easy to use and the integration.""Microsoft is a trusted brand and I enjoy working with it.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the ESRP that is used with the Windows Platform.""The solution is very easy to use and very easy to onboard."

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"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 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.""It could be a bit more user-friendly. It could also be cheaper.""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.""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.""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.""Their pricing and documentation can be improved.""It is mostly better than other solutions. However, it is sometimes difficult for disaster recovery, so we have to plan accordingly."

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"The solution could be less costly.""The solution could improve by giving the client or customer more control.""The licensing price could be better.""I think they should also pay more attention to the open-source community.""It would be ideal if they added a faster implementation of the security fixes, if possible.""The download speed is not good. Oracle can improve their servers capacity, especially in Asia.""Oracle Linux, needs to support more packages.""For usability, the GUI options during the initial setup could be included with advanced functionalities that are now currently only possible on the CLI."

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"If it had more integration capabilities, that would be ideal.""It could be more secure. We can't compare it to other products because they have their own security and all those things. When it comes to email security, there are issues. Microsoft products used to get hacked all the time, but we're still comfortable with that.""Overall, from a security perspective, Microsoft needs to improve.""The solution could improve by being more user-friendly.""It would be better if the license had a longer lifetime.""It should have more stability and fewer automatic updates. A CLI approach, similar to Linux, is missing right now.""I find ethernet configuration and implementation difficult.""The security suffers the same issues as our Windows 10 for endpoint deployments. It could be more secure."

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"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.""We have a site license on a yearly basis. Generally, we're okay with its price, but everything could be cheaper.""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 are an educational institution and as such, what we pay is less than the average company.""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.""It is more expensive than other vendors in terms of pricing and licensing, but because of its stability, I have to go with it.""RHEL is expensive."

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"We pay for a license for this solution annually.""We pay a monthly subscription fee.""Oracle Linux is very cheap at this time.""The licensing cost is expensive. It should be reduced by at least half.""There is a license required for this solution and we are on an annual license.""Nowadays, Oracle is very open toward price negotiation; they negotiate well with their clients""The solution is free.""This is an open-source product that can be used free of charge."

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"The Windows Server standard edition is affordable.""We have multiple types of licenses. Some of them are on a yearly basis, and some of them are prepaid.""There is a license needed for this solution.""Our licensing fees are paid on a yearly basis.""Licensing fees are paid on a yearly basis.""The license model needs improvement.""One of the problems with Microsoft is the price of licensing, and volume licensing for educational systems is a great option to bequeath licensing for small businesses.""We pay yearly for a license. If you ask any vendor they will tell you that it could be cheaper."

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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: When comparing Oracle Linux and Solaris, I believe that Linux is more secure and more flexible. It is also very suitable… more »
Top Answer: Ubunto Linux is a complete Linux operating system that is freely available with both community and professional support… more »
Top Answer: The performance is good and the solution has been stable.
Top Answer: It's easy to set up and deploy.
Top Answer: It could be more secure. We don't like it because if you compare it to Linux, Linux is better.
Top Answer: We have the product that my team works on and we need to, for example, deploy the solution on running servers. That way… more »
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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.

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.

For more information on Oracle Linux, visit Oracle.com/linux and see a whitepaper here

Windows Server 2016 is the most cloud-ready server Microsoft has ever built and includes a lot of technology that was inspired from our experience in the public cloud. It has big improvements in security, software-defined infrastructure and technologies to help developers build modern microservice-based applications, in the cloud or on-site. 

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Top Industries
Financial Services Firm21%
Security Firm7%
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider25%
Manufacturing Company6%
Comms Service Provider14%
Computer Software Company14%
Comms Service Provider29%
Computer Software Company28%
Manufacturing Company5%
Computer Software Company15%
Financial Services Firm11%
Comms Service Provider11%
Manufacturing Company8%
Comms Service Provider40%
Computer Software Company16%
Manufacturing Company4%
Company Size
Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise56%
Small Business10%
Midsize Enterprise37%
Large Enterprise53%
Small Business32%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise58%
Small Business39%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise38%
Find out what your peers are saying about Oracle Linux vs. Windows Server and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
555,139 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Oracle Linux is ranked 5th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 19 reviews while Windows Server is ranked 3rd in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 126 reviews. Oracle Linux is rated 8.0, while Windows Server is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Oracle Linux writes "Reliable, with good technical support, but it works well only with Oracle products ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Windows Server writes "Easy to use, simple to set up, and scales well". Oracle Linux is most compared with Ubuntu Linux, Oracle Solaris, CentOS, SUSE Linux Enterprise and openSUSE Leap, whereas Windows Server is most compared with Windows 10, Ubuntu Linux, CentOS, Oracle Solaris and SUSE Linux Enterprise. See our Oracle Linux vs. Windows Server report.

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