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Pros
"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.""The stability of the solution is good.""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.""Solaris is scalable because they have their own file system, like CFS."

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"I'm using all the features within it and find them all quite helpful.""The active directory that the server provides is the solution's most valuable aspect.""Windows Server is very easy to use.""Every time they perform a new release, the solution gets better and better.""The most valuable feature is Active Directory.""The main features that we are using are active directory, domain, and DNS.""PowerShell is a great feature of the solution.""The domain controller features are useful."

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

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"Overall, from a security perspective, Microsoft needs to improve.""The solution could offer higher availability.""The command-line interface should be improved.""Right now what is needed on the server-side is an easier release process. Every year or every third year they are releasing a newer version and it could go smoother.""Better integration with more platforms would be useful.""They can simplify the utilization and control of the system when you have a lot of setups. They provided something called Windows Center or Control Center in version 2019. It's a free tool that comes with the Windows Server. You can install it on your desktop and use it. This tool simplifies the control and monitoring of all servers. If I have 200 servers, I don't need to log in to each one to configure it. I can manage them from this tool. However, this tool needs quite a lot of improvements. It's difficult to use, and they need to improve it.""Sometimes the PowerShell has an overly complicated syntax.""The price should be reduced."

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"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.""The price is not good and needs to improve.""This solution needs a license to use it."

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"Microsoft is relatively inexpensive compared to other database platforms.""This is not an expensive product.""It is an expensive product.""In our case, we primarily use Microsoft, so the cost is a lot less. But some of our customers have spent approximately $12,000 a year on the operating system license.""The license model needs improvement.""Our current license is an enterprise license agreement which gives you a whole lot of possibility, especially when you go through an R&D process. For example, you can provision everything, spread the service use over six months, and then wrap it up. It gives you a lot of flexibility.""The Windows Server standard edition is affordable.""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: 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: 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, the client can access it and the QAs in our team could test it. Also, we have… more »
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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

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
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider24%
Financial Services Firm18%
Consumer Goods Company12%
Security Firm6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company27%
Government8%
Financial Services Firm6%
REVIEWERS
Computer Software Company14%
Financial Services Firm11%
Comms Service Provider11%
Manufacturing Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider40%
Computer Software Company16%
Government6%
Manufacturing Company5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise70%
REVIEWERS
Small Business39%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise38%
Find out what your peers are saying about Oracle Solaris vs. Windows Server and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
541,708 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Oracle Solaris is ranked 8th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 9 reviews while Windows Server is ranked 2nd in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 117 reviews. Oracle Solaris is rated 8.4, while Windows Server is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Oracle Solaris writes "Powerful with high availability and very stable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Windows Server writes "Easy to use, simple to set up, and scales well". Oracle Solaris is most compared with Oracle Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Windows 10, CentOS and openSUSE Leap, whereas Windows Server is most compared with Windows 10, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Ubuntu Linux, CentOS and SUSE Linux Enterprise. See our Oracle Solaris vs. Windows Server report.

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