Red Hat Linux (RHEL) Competitors and Alternatives

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reviewer1301145
CEO at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Sep 29, 2020
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…
reviewer1392543
Database Administrator at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Aug 28, 2020
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.
Mukesh Regmi
Co-Founder- Operation & Digital technology transformation at Cloudtreez
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
Oct 20, 2020
Good interface and pretty stable but the initial setup can be difficult

What is our primary use case?

I primarily use it in my day to day work to test my products. There are a lot of open-source tools on the market, and I need this product to have something to deploy them on.

Pros and Cons

  • "They have provided a new interface, which is great."
  • "You need a lot of bandwidth during the initial setup in order to pull from the repository. Without good bandwidth, you'll get cut off and the implementation will fail."

What other advice do I have?

I highly recommend the solution. It's very popular among developers. It's worked quite well for us. Of course, solutions like Red Hat and CentOS also have good capabilities. For us, however, Unbuntu is the best. Overall, I'd rate the solution seven out of ten. It offers me basically everything I need and has worked well for our team.
Narsing Thakur
Solution Architect at YASH Technologies
Real User
Top 20
Jul 30, 2020
Good performance, integrates well with Active Directory, and has an inbuilt HANA firewall

What is our primary use case?

We implement SAP solutions for our customers using SUSE Linux Enterprise as the operating system. We perform migrations from on-premises to cloud, where customers ask us to migrate their applications and data. When they want to implement SAP HANA they have two choices, which are SUSE Linux Enterprise and Red Hat.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is that there is an inbuilt HANA firewall."
  • "We have had trouble integrating Autodesk with the SUSE manager."

What other advice do I have?

After working with both SUSE and Red Hat, I would absolutely recommend people implement SUSE Linux Enterprise. The features that it provides in terms of security, managing the storage, and encryption/decryption, all contribute to why I recommend it. In summary, this is a good product and it has the features that everyone needs. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
Slava Urbanovich
Master Consultant - RedHat & Oracle Cloud, Virtualization , Automation at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Consultant
Top 5
Nov 4, 2020
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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