Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Competitors and Alternatives

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CEO at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5
Powerful with high availability and very stable

What is our primary use case?

Clients mainly use the solution as a database operating system in many environments. Most who are using it are financial institutions, telecoms, or companies in the energy sector.

Pros and Cons

  • "Oracle Solaris is great due to the fact that it actually is meant for high-end servers."
  • "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."

What other advice do I have?

In our company, we don't use Oracle Solaris. As a person, I was employed as a Solaris System Administrator. I'm just a consultant. We don't use Oracle Solaris, because we're not big enough to use the solution ourselves. Overall, I'd rate the solution nine out of ten. I would highly recommend Oracle Solaris. It's a stable operating system and it's been around for a long time. If you're planning to have an Oracle Database, the best operating system for the Oracle Database is Oracle Solaris. If anybody is implementing a new solution or a new environment and thinks of putting in Oracle Database…
JF
User at a university with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Offers a secure and mature operating system; consumes less memory than other systems

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution offers a secure operation system."
  • "The free version sometimes has security holes."

What other advice do I have?

I've had this version of SUSE for a while and just patch it and carry out the software updates because I want to keep my environment stable. When I was installing my multiple systems, I selected the best update of the lot and SUSE was one of them. I selected several different Linux distributions. I have the SUSE Linux, Fedora, Scientific Linux and I have Mango Linux. I wanted to develop a feature on my laptop that would allow me to run multiple operating systems concurrently and have multiple keyboards on the laptop, rather than having to switch between them. It's a work in progress. I rate…
KH
Database Administrator at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Good user interface and technical support, and Active Directory is very helpful for us

What is our primary use case?

We use Windows Server to host all of our Windows-specific applications, such as Active Directory. We also use it for our systems that are running Microsoft SQL Server, since it used to be dependent on Windows. That is no longer necessary because we have an option to run it on Linux, as well. Our infrastructure includes systems from Microsoft, Linux, and IBM.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is Active Directory."
  • "Better integration with more platforms would be useful."

What other advice do I have?

This is quite a good product and one that I recommend. I wouldn't recommend anything that does not integrate well with remote working tools, as most people are now working remotely. We are able to manage our systems from home. Overall, deployment is quite straightforward, the technical support is quite good, and we are happy with the product. That said, nothing is perfect. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
KS
Computer Manager at a university with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Easy to scale and update with good scalability

What is our primary use case?

I'm using it for a file server and for MySQL servers. Those are my primary uses.

Pros and Cons

  • "You can scale the solution quite well."
  • "The solution has a bit of a learning curve. It's not too high, however, you do need to understand the solution to deploy it and work with it effectively."

What other advice do I have?

I'm using the solution more for myself. I'm just an end-user. I don't have a business relationship with Linux. I'm using the latest stable version. If they publish a stable version and then they publish an experimental option, I won't use it. I'll stick with the stable option. It's not something that you run on the cloud. It's what's behind cloud services. I've got an Ubuntu machine at home that I use regularly, but it is also my MySQL server and a file server, all in one box. FileMaker, I know very well and MySQL, I'm learning quickly. Linux, I'm a beginner admin on it. I'm not in a position…
SU
Master Consultant - RedHat & Oracle Cloud, Virtualization , Automation at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Consultant
Top 5
Stable with good pricing and an easy initial setup

What is our primary use case?

Our organization uses mostly Oracle engineered systems and appliances such as Oracle Exadata, PCA Private Cloud Appliance, Oracle Database Appliance, etc. Anything that is an engineering solution from Oracle, essentially. We also use Oracle Virtualization, OVM. These are on Linux.

Pros and Cons

  • "The stability is excellent and the initial setup is easy."
  • "It would be ideal if they added a faster implementation of the security fixes, if possible."

What other advice do I have?

We're a partner and reseller of Oracle. I would recommend the solution, especially for the organizations that could be interested in zero downtime patch-ins. That is what the Oracle Linux case flies provide. I don't think the same feature are available in RHEL. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.
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