Compare SUSE Linux Enterprise vs. Windows Server

SUSE Linux Enterprise is ranked 5th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 2 reviews while Windows Server is ranked 7th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 2 reviews. SUSE Linux Enterprise is rated 8.0, while Windows Server is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of SUSE Linux Enterprise writes "Out-of-the-box SLES supported all of our HBAs and hardware specific components. I have not been overly impressed with their technical support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Windows Server writes "Replacing our physical servers provides HA and is less prone to hardware failure". SUSE Linux Enterprise is most compared with Red Hat Linux (RHEL), CentOS and openSUSE Leap, whereas Windows Server is most compared with Red Hat Linux (RHEL), CentOS and Windows 10. See our SUSE Linux Enterprise vs. Windows Server report.
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Pros
Out-of-the-box SLES supported all of our HBAs and hardware specific components.It also was very easy to setup, and offered an easy to use advanced setup option as well. This helped to create special configurations for different use cases.YaST simplifies the server management of SUSE allowing for a centralized utility to control most of the server functions.The initial setup for most modern Linux distributions is normally straightforward. Most of the common distributions use an ncurses or GUI install.

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

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When working in a Department of Defense environment, Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs) have to be followed. SLES is not really addressed directly here. It did make following security policy difficult.I have not been overly impressed with their technical support.All distributions of Linux could use some improvement.The only stability issues that I can recall encountering with SUSE would be with KDE. However, that is limited to just the desktop environment as I have not had stability issues with ​most server functions.

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

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Pricing and Cost Advice
As far as licensing goes, there is nothing unusual here. The price and model have worked fine for my organization.I would advise others to download the free or strictly open source versions, then test them in their environment before committing to a purchase. This will allow for testing suitability for applications that they want to run.

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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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University7%
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