We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"We find the Red Hat Satellite deployments very useful. It integrates well with other solutions."
"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."
"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."
"Customer support is valuable."
"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."
"One of the main features of this solution is the ease of use."
"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."
"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."
"The stability of the solution is good."
"The solution has very useful features."
"The solution is stable."
"It's stable for the most part. It's working fine."
"The most valuable features are the interface and the speed of switching between processes."
"The solution is easy to use."
"The solution has been issue-free."
"I've been very satisfied with this operating system."
"The solution is stable and scalable."
"It is mostly better than other solutions. However, it is sometimes difficult for disaster recovery, so we have to plan accordingly."
"It could be a bit more user-friendly. It could also be cheaper."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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 price is something that can be improved, as they are still being undercut."
"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.""
"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."
"Solaris is not easy to use. It needs better GUI, UI, and configuration tools."
"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."
"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."
"The apps view that I get on my screen is not much useful for me. If I have to search for anything, I go to the Search bar and type there. They can maybe include integration with some third-party products."
"The solution could improve by making the update process faster."
"The security features need improvement."
"The solution could improve in security, we use a third-party antivirus solution to keep it secure."
"Setup and use between multiple monitors should be easier."
"I would prefer it if the solution was cheaper."
"Occasionally configurations can be a bit tricky."
"It should be more secure and should have an antivirus."
"It is more expensive than other vendors in terms of pricing and licensing, but because of its stability, I have to go with it."
"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."
"We have a site license on a yearly basis. Generally, we're okay with its price, but everything could be cheaper."
"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."
"Red Hat Linux is inexpensive. Linux solutions are generally inexpensive."
"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."
"The price is not good and needs to improve."
"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."
"This solution needs a license to use it."
"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."
"The price goes down by the number of licenses."
"The solution is not expensive and there is a license required."
"When we purchase a new machine, it comes with it, and we don't pay separately for the license."
"The licensing fees could be cheaper."
"There is a one-time purchase license required for this solution."
"Pricing depends on the type of license."
"While I am not the IT manager, I do know that the licensing costs comes with a subscription that is based on volume."
"I do not have to pay for the license, it was included in the initial cost."
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Oracle Solaris is ranked 8th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 9 reviews while Windows 10 is ranked 2nd in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 181 reviews. Oracle Solaris is rated 8.4, while Windows 10 is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Oracle Solaris writes "Powerful with high availability and very stable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Windows 10 writes "User-friendly interface and good wireless connectivity". Oracle Solaris is most compared with Oracle Linux, CentOS, Ubuntu Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise and Windows Server, whereas Windows 10 is most compared with Windows Server, openSUSE Leap, Ubuntu Linux, Neverware CloudReady and CentOS. See our Oracle Solaris vs. Windows 10 report.
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