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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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"The most valuable feature is that there is an inbuilt HANA firewall.""The main feature is that Linux is flexible to work with for most web-based applications.""The solution offers a secure operation system.""I have not experienced any issues with this operating system.""The stability of the solution is good. We have not had any issue with performance.""The initial setup is very straightforward."

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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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"We have had trouble integrating Autodesk with the SUSE manager.""I would like to see better functionality for interacting with cloud-based systems.""The free version sometimes has security holes.""The initial setup could be simplified.""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."

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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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"When we first implemented this product, we had licenses for support.""I have to pay for a license in order to get support.""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."

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Questions from the Community
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 »
Top Answer: I have not experienced any issues with this operating system.
Top Answer: I have to pay for a license in order to get support.
Top Answer: The initial setup could be simplified. I would like to see integration with other solutions.
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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.

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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Financial Services Firm30%
Comms Service Provider10%
Security Firm10%
Computer Software Company10%
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Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider24%
Government9%
Manufacturing Company6%
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Financial Services Firm13%
Hospitality Company13%
Retailer13%
Computer Software Company13%
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Comms Service Provider28%
Manufacturing Company7%
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Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise57%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) vs. SUSE Linux Enterprise and other solutions. Updated: July 2021.
523,742 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is ranked 2nd in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 6 reviews while SUSE Linux Enterprise is ranked 7th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 6 reviews. Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is rated 8.6, while SUSE Linux Enterprise is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) writes "Has a standard file system layout so it's easy to navigate". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SUSE Linux Enterprise writes "Stable with an elegant design and good performance". Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is most compared with Oracle Linux, Windows Server, CentOS, Ubuntu Linux and Windows 10, whereas SUSE Linux Enterprise is most compared with openSUSE Leap, CentOS, Ubuntu Linux, Oracle Linux and Oracle Solaris. See our Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) vs. SUSE Linux Enterprise report.

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