Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Overview

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is the #1 ranked solution in our list of top Operating Systems for Business. It is most often compared to SUSE Linux Enterprise: Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) vs SUSE Linux Enterprise

What is Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)?
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.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is also known as Red Hat Enterprise Linux, RHEL.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Buyer's Guide

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Growth Incubation Leader, Poland and Baltics at IBM
MSP
Open architecture allows for accelerated growth while secure repositories guarantee stability

What is our primary use case?

Business: workstation and server.

How has it helped my organization?

Open architecture allows for accelerated growth while secure repositories guarantee stability.

What is most valuable?

Multipath Yum  LVM Selinux

What needs improvement?

Workstations: More applications for graphics. Servers: More applications for monitoring (e.g., nmon).

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.
Software Engineer at a security firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
GUI for network adapters, and built-in tools such as Mozilla browser, are key for us

Pros and Cons

  • "The GUI for network adapters and built-in tools provided by RHEL, such as the Mozilla browser, have been valuable. Since they come built-in, it saves the time of having to install them, and you have everything necessary with the installation itself."
  • "Until now, RHEL has been the most stable OS I have ever seen. Nothing seems to break, with frequent updates. I have been running it 24/7 for the past 18 months and it runs flawlessly."
  • "I really think that the upgrade policies between the major versions, like from from RHEL 5 to RHEL 6, should be much easier, similar to what is in place for upgrading from RHEL 6 to RHEL 6.8."

What other advice do I have?

I have worked on a few Linux platforms, but Red Hat is a different experience. Due to its stability, it makes an excellent choice. It’s so-called invincible security makes sure that your data remains safe. The excellent customer service support agents are ready to get your problem resolved almost within an hour of opening a case (as long as you have the premium license for your servers). Taking all this into consideration, I would say this solution is a nine out of 10. I have been working on Red-hat for two years and I must say I enjoy working with it. No day is like another, since there will…
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Sales Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Provides a stable version of Linux with enterprise support

Pros and Cons

  • "Enterprise support is available for our customers."

    What other advice do I have?

    My advice: Kickstart is your friend.
    Storage and VMware Expert at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Real User
    It's improved our company's system environments that run Oracle databases.

    What other advice do I have?

    Red Hat is similar to CentOS, except that CentOS doesn't offer to support certain solutions, such as Oracle.
    User at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
    MSP
    Open source stable Linux OS

    What is most valuable?

    Stable Linux OS. The stability of the OS is very important for the computer system. Unstable means you never know when it will crash or fail while your valuable data and business applications are running.

    How has it helped my organization?

    It's an open source solution.

    What needs improvement?

    Many areas in version 5 are obsolete such as filesystem ext2, ext3, while the new versions (v.6, 7) support ext4, Btrfs, ZFS, etc.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    10 years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    No.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    No.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    No technical support.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    No.

    How was the initial

    Principle consultant at Active Data Consulting Services Pty Ltd
    Real User
    Top 20
    Absolutely rock solid performance, security, stability and reliability.

    What other advice do I have?

    Well worth a look if you want supported enterprise Linux.