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Find out what your peers are saying about SUSE Linux Enterprise vs. Windows Server and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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"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.""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.""We find the Red Hat Satellite deployments very useful. It integrates well with other solutions.""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.""Customer support is valuable.""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.""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.""This is a very robust product that doesn't require a lot of handling. It just works."

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

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"Windows server is easy to use.""This is a stable product and we plan to continue using it in the future.""Compared to other solutions, the ease of administration is great.""The installation is not difficult. I found it to be very straightforward.""We like the ease of use, stability and performance of Windows Server.""The installation of the solution is becoming easier every year after new releases. The first installation can take an hour but you can use templates to make the installation very quick.""We find the initial implementation process to be quick and easy.""It's user-friendly."

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

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"The stability is not very good because you have to restart the system to keep the stability.""The solution is not easy to use and could be simplified. Additionally, the solution could have better integration.""Could use more features and more functionality.""I find ethernet configuration and implementation difficult.""The solution could improve by being more user-friendly.""It would help if Microsoft made it lighter to run on the servers and made troubleshooting much easier.""The price could be better and the licensing model could be easier to understand.""It can have more integration, which will be useful for the data integration process. More integration with different applications and different OS would be quite good."

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"We are an educational institution and as such, what we pay is less than the average company.""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.""It is more expensive than other vendors in terms of pricing and licensing, but because of its stability, I have to go with it.""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 have a site license on a yearly basis. Generally, we're okay with its price, but everything could be cheaper.""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.""RHEL is expensive."

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"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.""Anyone can use Linux because it is open-source.""The license we pay is for Oracle. We make use of the community edition.""When we first implemented this product, we had licenses for support.""I have to pay for a license in order to get support."

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"Its price is fine. Its licensing is on a yearly basis.""One must pay for a license for the solution.""The price of the solution could improve.""There is an annual license required for this solution.""We have purchased a perpetual license to use the solution.""There is a license needed for this solution.""It is important to have the cheapest price for all of the material and licenses.""The price of the solution could be reduced and there is a license required."

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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: 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.
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… more »
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux, RHEL
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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.

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.

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.

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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Sample Customers
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
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, ...
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Top Industries
Financial Services Firm21%
Security Firm7%
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider25%
Manufacturing Company6%
Marketing Services Firm11%
Manufacturing Company11%
Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company26%
Manufacturing Company7%
Computer Software Company15%
Financial Services Firm11%
Comms Service Provider11%
Manufacturing Company7%
Comms Service Provider40%
Computer Software Company16%
Manufacturing Company4%
Company Size
Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise56%
Small Business10%
Midsize Enterprise37%
Large Enterprise53%
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise36%
Large Enterprise36%
Small Business39%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise38%
Find out what your peers are saying about SUSE Linux Enterprise vs. Windows Server and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,382 professionals have used our research since 2012.

SUSE Linux Enterprise is ranked 6th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 9 reviews while Windows Server is ranked 3rd in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 125 reviews. SUSE Linux Enterprise is rated 9.0, while Windows Server is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of SUSE Linux Enterprise writes "Stable with an elegant design and good performance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Windows Server writes "Easy to use, simple to set up, and scales well". SUSE Linux Enterprise is most compared with openSUSE Leap, Ubuntu Linux, CentOS, Oracle Linux and Windows 10, whereas Windows Server is most compared with Windows 10, Ubuntu Linux, CentOS, Oracle Linux and openSUSE Leap. See our SUSE Linux Enterprise vs. Windows Server report.

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