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Consultant
Growth Incubation Leader, Poland and Baltics at IBM
Apr 15 2018

What do you think of Red Hat Linux (RHEL)?

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.
Aditya Lad
Real User
Software Engineer at a security firm with 10,001+ employees
Mar 11 2018

What is most valuable?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

Improvements are necessary to stay in the market and face the competition. 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… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing is a bit on the expensive side, mainly because of the support they provide. However, it is quite affordable if you are an organization. If, as a small company or individual, this is an expensive option, I would recommend CentOS… more»

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

No, we did not use a previous solution. We knew about Red Hat from our inception. It was a pretty well-known enterprise platform.

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… more»
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Real User
Sales Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Mar 04 2018

What is most valuable?

Enterprise support is available for our customers. Pre-RHEL, I used Red Hat desktop for personal PC.

How has it helped my organization?

The company that I worked for that employed RHEL was a PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System - think of an image repository for x-ray, CAT scan, MRI, etc., that… more»

What needs improvement?

Support.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I was an engineer, never discussed pricing.

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

I have used lots of flavors of Linux going back to 1995. Enterprise support was the reason Red Hat was selected.

What other advice do I have?

My advice: Kickstart is your friend.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

CentOS, Slack, Ubuntu, Arch, LFS.
Real User
Storage and VMware Expert at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 24 2017

What is most valuable?

Red Hat is mission critical to our environment.

How has it helped my organization?

Red Hat has improved the mission critical environments running Oracle databases, while CentOS has improved our web environment and MySQL.

What needs improvement?

Oracle and SAP Environment and all HPC environments.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The licensing valor is too high and must be improved

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

We have many kinds of the linux version on the all environment but to HPC environment we use Redhat but all another versions work very well

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.
Consultant
User at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 13 2017

What do you think of Red Hat Linux (RHEL)?

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

John ONeill
Real User
Principle consultant at Active Data Consulting Services Pty Ltd
Jul 05 2017

What is most valuable?

Absolutely rock solid performance, security, stability and reliability, essential features for a business that needs to mission critical applications in a 24 x 7 environment. Plethora of useful tools… more»

How has it helped my organization?

RedHat Enterprise Linux has been running mission critical systems in my organization now for nearly 8 years, in a 24 x 7 environment. During this time we have never, ever had any of our servers fail… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

In Australia, you need to go through a channel partner, shop around and find a good partner that understands the licensing model well.

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

We were using an earlier version of HP UX running on PA-RISC architecture, however we became concerned about the cost of remaining on the PA-RISC HP UX platform and possible future issues at… more»

What other advice do I have?

Well worth a look if you want supported enterprise Linux.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated HP UX 11.23, which we had been using before hand. However HP (at the time) had not delivered an x86 port of HP UX at the time when we were going to virtualization, so we needed an… more»

What is Red Hat 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.
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