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"We find the Red Hat Satellite deployments very useful. It integrates well with other solutions.""Customer support is valuable.""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.""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.""The integrated solution approach reduces our TCO tremendously because we are able to focus on innovation instead of operations.""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.""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 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."

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"The stability of the solution is 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.""Oracle Solaris is great due to the fact that it actually is meant for high-end servers.""Solaris is scalable because they have their own file system, like CFS.""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.""The backup capabilities are quite good."

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"The initial setup is very straightforward.""Linux is easy to use. You have more control on a Unix system.""The solution is easy to use, secure and allows for simple manipulation.""It's a flexible solution.""The main feature is that Linux is flexible to work with for most web-based applications.""The solution offers a secure operation system.""The stability of the solution is good. We have not had any issue with performance.""The most valuable feature is that there is an inbuilt HANA firewall."

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Cons
"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.""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.""The price is something that can be improved, as they are still being undercut.""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.""It could be a bit more user-friendly. It could also be cheaper.""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."

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"Solaris is not easy to use. It needs better GUI, UI, and configuration tools.""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.""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.""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 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.""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."

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"We have had trouble integrating Autodesk with the SUSE manager.""SUSE could make more APIs available.""I would like to see better functionality for interacting with cloud-based systems.""The free version sometimes has security holes.""The interface could improve.""Red Hat has more packages that are available than SUSE does. I'd love to see more projects based on SUSE.""In the next release it would be nice to see more integration and better automation of processses.""I would like to see GUI improved, it could be more user-friendly."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"It is more expensive than other vendors in terms of pricing and licensing, but because of its stability, I have to go with it.""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.""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.""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.""RHEL is expensive.""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."

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"Its licensing is on a yearly basis.""The price is not good and needs to improve.""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.""This solution needs a license to use it."

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"The license we pay is for Oracle. We make use of the community edition.""There is a free tier and a paid support tier. If you do not need support, then the solution is free to use. If you need support then there is an option for that as well.""When we first implemented this product, we had licenses for support.""I have to pay for a license in order to get support.""Anyone can use Linux because it is open-source."

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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: 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 »
Top Answer: The solution is easy to use, secure and allows for simple manipulation.
Top Answer: The license we pay is for Oracle. We make use of the community edition.
Top Answer: In the next release it would be nice to see more integration and better automation of processes.
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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.

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

The modern and modular OS helps simplify multimodal IT, makes traditional IT infrastructure efficient and provides an engaging platform for developers. As a result, you can easily deploy and transition business-critical workloads across on-premise and public cloud environments.

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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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Air India, Akademicki Szpital Kliniczny (ASK), Allone, Altran, Apollo, ARCHIVA, Asia Innovatory Management School, ATLAS ELEKTRONIK GmbH, AutoData Norge AS, Baldor Electric, Business Connexion, CASIO, Ciclum Farma, Delta Lloyd, Edumate , HPE,  SAP SE,  Lenovo, BMW, T-Systems, UCX, Turners & Growers, Shenzhen Development Bank, Bosch Group, JK Tyres & Industries, IOCL, European Space Agency, Daimler AG, China Minsheng Banking Corp, Café Coffee Day, Unisys,  Petrochina Company Ltd, Fitch Ratings, ABeam Consulting Co Ltd, Tyro Payments, Rackspace, Pacific Textiles, ...
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm21%
Government21%
University14%
Security Firm7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider25%
Government9%
Manufacturing Company6%
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider24%
Financial Services Firm18%
Consumer Goods Company12%
Security Firm6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider29%
Computer Software Company26%
Government8%
Financial Services Firm6%
REVIEWERS
University11%
Marketing Services Firm11%
Wholesaler/Distributor11%
Manufacturing Company11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company26%
Manufacturing Company7%
Government6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise56%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business10%
Midsize Enterprise37%
Large Enterprise53%
REVIEWERS
Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise70%
REVIEWERS
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise36%
Large Enterprise36%
Find out what your peers are saying about Oracle Solaris vs. SUSE Linux Enterprise and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,586 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Oracle Solaris is ranked 8th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 9 reviews while SUSE Linux Enterprise is ranked 6th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 9 reviews. Oracle Solaris is rated 8.4, while SUSE Linux Enterprise is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Oracle Solaris writes "Powerful with high availability and very stable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SUSE Linux Enterprise writes "Stable with an elegant design and good performance". Oracle Solaris is most compared with Oracle Linux, Windows 10, Ubuntu Linux, CentOS and Windows Server, whereas SUSE Linux Enterprise is most compared with openSUSE Leap, Ubuntu Linux, CentOS, Oracle Linux and Windows Server. See our Oracle Solaris vs. SUSE Linux Enterprise report.

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