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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."

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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."

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Cons
"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."

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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 shoo-in. These are the little things where we can say, "Ah, we are missing AIX for that.""

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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."

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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.""ecause 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."

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Solaris 11, Solaris
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Overview

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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Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm17%
Computer Software Company8%
Logistics Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider30%
Computer Software Company28%
Government7%
Financial Services Firm6%
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Financial Services Firm25%
Security Firm13%
Computer Software Company13%
Manufacturing Company13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company32%
Comms Service Provider25%
Government8%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise8%
Large Enterprise65%
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Small Business32%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise53%
Find out what your peers are saying about Oracle Solaris vs. Red Hat Linux (RHEL) and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
465,836 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Oracle Solaris is ranked 7th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 4 reviews while Red Hat Linux (RHEL) is ranked 5th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 4 reviews. Oracle Solaris is rated 9.8, while Red Hat Linux (RHEL) is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Oracle Solaris writes "Powerful with high availability and very stable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Red Hat Linux (RHEL) writes "The integrated solution approach reduces our TCO tremendously because we are able to focus on innovation instead of operations". Oracle Solaris is most compared with Oracle Linux, Ubuntu Linux, Windows 10, CentOS and Windows Server, whereas Red Hat Linux (RHEL) is most compared with SUSE Linux Enterprise, Oracle Linux, Windows Server, Ubuntu Linux and Windows 10. See our Oracle Solaris vs. Red Hat Linux (RHEL) report.

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