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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.""Oracle Solaris is great due to the fact that it actually is meant for high-end servers.""The backup capabilities are quite good.""One of the main features of this solution is the ease of use.""It works well. It is very stable and very good. It is also very safe. It cannot be easily infected by viruses or attacks."

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"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.""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.""Customer support is valuable.""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.""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."

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"Oracle customer service is slow at times.""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.""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.""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."

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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.""It is mostly better than other solutions. However, it is sometimes difficult for disaster recovery, so we have to plan accordingly.""Their pricing and documentation can be improved.""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."""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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"There is no OS licensing cost if you use their hardware and purchase hardware maintenance.""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.""Its licensing is on a yearly basis."

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"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.""Red Hat Linux is inexpensive. Linux solutions are generally inexpensive.""RHEL is expensive.""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 have a site license on a yearly basis. Generally, we're okay with its price, but everything could be cheaper."

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Questions from the Community
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 and the price could be better.
Top Answer: 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… more »
Top Answer: The integrated solution approach reduces our TCO tremendously because we are able to focus on innovation instead of operations.
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 Subscription, which is a one-year all-you-can-drink access to all of their online… more »
Top Answer: 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… more »
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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

For more information on Oracle Solaris, visit Oracle.com

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.
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Comms Service Provider25%
Financial Services Firm19%
Consumer Goods Company13%
Computer Software Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company27%
Government8%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Financial Services Firm30%
Security Firm10%
Computer Software Company10%
Manufacturing Company10%
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Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider24%
Government9%
Manufacturing Company6%
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Small Business23%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise67%
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Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise57%
Find out what your peers are saying about Oracle Solaris vs. Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and other solutions. Updated: July 2021.
522,693 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Oracle Solaris is ranked 8th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 7 reviews while Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is ranked 1st in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 6 reviews. Oracle Solaris is rated 8.8, while Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Oracle Solaris writes "Powerful with high availability and very stable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) writes "Has a standard file system layout so it's easy to navigate". Oracle Solaris is most compared with Oracle Linux, Windows 10, Ubuntu Linux, CentOS and Windows Server, whereas Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is most compared with SUSE Linux Enterprise, Oracle Linux, Windows Server, CentOS and openSUSE Leap. See our Oracle Solaris vs. Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) report.

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