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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."

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"Provides workspaces for the entire organization with fewer resources.""The most valuable feature of this solution is Hyper-V Live Migration for Critical applications.""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."

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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."

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"One area that needs improvement is the management console.""Support for direct USB recognition for the virtual machines would improve this solution.""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."

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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."

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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."

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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.

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
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Financial Services Firm29%
Security Firm14%
Computer Software Company14%
Manufacturing Company14%
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Computer Software Company34%
Comms Service Provider23%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company6%
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Computer Software Company15%
Financial Services Firm15%
Manufacturing Company11%
Comms Service Provider11%
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Comms Service Provider41%
Computer Software Company16%
Government6%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Small Business33%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise50%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Red Hat Linux (RHEL) vs. Windows Server and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
455,536 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Red Hat Linux (RHEL) is ranked 4th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 3 reviews while Windows Server is ranked 2nd in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 25 reviews. Red Hat Linux (RHEL) is rated 8.4, while Windows Server is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Red Hat Linux (RHEL) writes "Allows us to offer our customers an easier way to get a WordPress site or to have POSTGRES or Tomcat installations". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Windows Server writes "Good user interface and technical support, and Active Directory is very helpful for us". Red Hat Linux (RHEL) is most compared with SUSE Linux Enterprise, Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris, Windows 10 and Ubuntu Linux, whereas Windows Server is most compared with Windows 10, Ubuntu Linux, CentOS, Oracle Linux and Oracle Solaris. See our Red Hat Linux (RHEL) vs. Windows Server report.

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