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"I like the fact that most of the system configuration is Namespace so it's easy to get to and easy to configure, and most of it still uses text documents. Not all of it's a menu-driven-type entry. I also like the fact that it's a very standard file system layout so it's easy to navigate.""Its security is the most valuable. It is very stable and has many features. It also has good performance. Some of our clients were using Windows servers and products. I suggested Red Hat Linux to them and described the features. They switched to it, and they really loved it. There were around 50 servers in my last company, and they switched all those servers from Windows to Red Hat. I used to manage those servers.""The feature that I like the most is that we can integrate it easily with our existing infrastructure. We found that it is much easier to deploy RHEL in our environment compared to a competing distribution like Ubuntu.""The most valuable features are the specification and technical guides, they are most important the security.""The best system I've ever used is Red Hat, in terms of its ability and consistency of the operating system. Other than that, the vast majority of applications that I had, you can deploy Red Hat with the support of the vast majority of applications. We don't have many issues with the OS, the support is very good.""This is a very robust product that doesn't require a lot of handling. It just works.""Its scalability and ease of setup and configuration are most valuable. When we have a hardware failure, we just save the configuration files, and in about half an hour, we have another server running with the same configuration. It is really easy to replace servers. This is the best feature.""The solution has features that simplify adoption for non-Linux users. There is an interface that you can activate on RHEL systems, and on other Linux systems as well, so that you will get a graphical user interface instead of just a shell. It's easier for an administrator who is used to only working on Windows."

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"The stability of the solution is good. We have not had any issue with performance.""I have not experienced any issues with this operating system.""The main feature is that Linux is flexible to work with for most web-based applications.""The most valuable feature is that there is an inbuilt HANA firewall.""The initial setup is very straightforward.""The solution is easy to use, secure and allows for simple manipulation.""Linux is easy to use. You have more control on a Unix system.""SUSE Linux Enterprise is scalable."

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"It is more powerful because you have more control over it.""Ubuntu is good for machine learning. It's also a good option for any type of application, like multimedia and movies.""The initial setup is very easy.""Windows needs a refresh option to refresh its screen, but Ubuntu doesn't need that. It refreshes automatically and works well.""The solution has high fantastic performance.""The initial setup is simple.""The most valuable feature of this solution is that Linux has cost-effective licenses.""Some of the main features of this solution are it is less prone to viruses since most viruses are written for Microsoft software, and it is easy to use."

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"Sometimes they don't have new versions for applications like Apache or PHP. I understand it's because they have to have support for them, so they can't have the latest version all the time, but that's the main thing I see that could be improved.""The vulnerability assessment part should also be improved. We do a lot of patching regularly. They try to fix an issue very quickly, and we also end up facing bugs that are not properly documented. When releasing the general availability for a particular solution, they need to do a lot more work on their side.""The accessibility to the resources could be more widespread. We have to put a lot of effort into finding indigenous information on the site. For example, the license information is convoluted. This information should be easier for customers to access.""I'm not sure how the support is being changed in terms of needing to pay for it. That's an area that can be improved. They should offer support without charging users for it.""The price is something that can be improved, as they are still being undercut.""I would like training to be added to the subscription. It would be useful for when you have to train yourself or get a certification. There are many things that we are not using because we don't know how to use them. Having training included in the subscription would help us in learning more things and utilizing the full power of the solution.""I'd like to see more of NCurses type menu systems in some instances. We're dealing with SUSE Enterprise Linux, they have an NCurses menu system. It's a menu system. It will write there. Even some of the higher-end Unix systems like AIX have some inner menu system where all the configuration tools are right there so your administrator doesn't have to jump through multiple directories to configure files if needed. I like the simplicity of Red Hat because it's pretty easy but having an NCurses menu when you have to get something done quickly would be nice.""It is mostly better than other solutions. However, it is sometimes difficult for disaster recovery, so we have to plan accordingly."

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"The free version sometimes has security holes.""The initial setup could be simplified.""I would like to see better functionality for interacting with cloud-based systems.""Red Hat has more packages that are available than SUSE does. I'd love to see more projects based on SUSE.""In the next release it would be nice to see more integration and better automation of processses.""I have not seen an ROI with this solution.""I would like to see GUI improved, it could be more user-friendly.""The interface could improve."

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"At times, it can be complex when we are trying to integrate or when we are trying to set up some features.""We use and have previously used Windows 10 which is a lot better.""Similar to Windows 10, I would like the ability to manage it on Azure or integrate it with Azure.""More security features are needed to protect the current file system to prevent attacks.""There is a large open-sourced community that is helpful. I had a lot of problems when starting out and there was plenty of assistance throughout the community. Since everyone is helping for free the support could be better.""There is not a lot of support for applications in Ubuntu Linux. In the industry, most of the applications work for Windows and Mac. There should be better integration with applications in the future.""It could always be a bit more secure.""The repository needs to be kept up to date all of the time."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "In terms of the solution’s single subscription and install repository for all types of systems, we can have as many RHEL installations as we want because we have a specific subscription that entitles us to have as many RHEL services as we want. We pay for a subscription and with that we get RHEL and Satellite as well."
  • "Red Hat Linux is inexpensive. Linux solutions are generally inexpensive."
  • "RHEL is expensive."
  • "Because it is a subscription, you can go elastic. This means you can buy a year, then you can skip a year. It is not like when you buy something. You don't buy it. You are paying for the support on something, and if you don't pay for the support on something, there is no shame because there are no upfront costs. It changes the equation. However, we have such growth right now on the Linux platform that we are reusing and scavenging these licenses. From a business standpoint, not having to buy, but just having to pay for maintenance, changes a lot of the calculations."
  • "We have a site license on a yearly basis. Generally, we're okay with its price, but everything could be cheaper."
  • "The licensing with Red Hat is on par with other organizations like Microsoft. We have a site license, which gives us a certain number of servers, perhaps 25,000, for the type of license that we have. That works really well for us."
  • "We are an educational institution and as such, what we pay is less than the average company."
  • "It is more expensive than other vendors in terms of pricing and licensing, but because of its stability, I have to go with it."
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  • "When we first implemented this product, we had licenses for support."
  • "I have to pay for a license in order to get support."
  • "There is a free tier and a paid support tier. If you do not need support, then the solution is free to use. If you need support then there is an option for that as well."
  • "Anyone can use Linux because it is open-source."
  • "The license we pay is for Oracle. We make use of the community edition."
  • "There is no license for this solution, there is only a subscription of support available."
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  • "It's an open-source solution that can be used free of charge."
  • "It is not a very expensive solution."
  • "Ubuntu pricing is reasonable."
  • "It is open source, so it is free. There is no licensing fee."
  • "It is a free product."
  • "Ubuntu is an open-source Linux operating system that can be used free of charge."
  • "Ubuntu Linux is open-source and available to use free of charge."
  • "It is also manageable and financially affordable."
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    Questions from the Community
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    Red Hat Enterprise Linux is fantastic. It is an inexpensive solution that has excellent security, performance, and… more »
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    The integrated solution approach reduces our TCO tremendously because we are able to focus on innovation instead of… more »
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    RHEL is a great place to go. They have a great thing that is not very well-known, which is called the Learning… more »
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    The solution is easy to use, secure and allows for simple manipulation.
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    The license we pay is for Oracle. We make use of the community edition.
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    In the next release it would be nice to see more integration and better automation of processes.
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    Ubunto Linux is a complete Linux operating system that is freely available with both community and professional support… more »
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    The tools we are using for this project are compatible with this solution.
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    There is not a license needed for the solution. You only have to pay for technical support.
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    Overview

    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.

    For SAP workloads, Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Solutions combines the reliability, scalability, and performance of Linux with technologies that meet the specific requirements of SAP workloads. It’s certified for integration with SAP S/4HANA and built on the same foundation as the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux.  For more information on Red Hat's portfolio of solutions for SAP workloads visit www.redhat.com/sap.

    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.

    Super-fast, easy to use and free, the Ubuntu operating system powers millions of desktops, netbooks and servers around the world.
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    Sample Customers
    Travel Channel, Mohawk Industries, Hilti, Molecular Health, Exolgan, Hotelplan Group, Emory University, BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, HCA Healthcare, Paychex, UPS, Intermountain Healthcare, Brinker International, TransUnion, Union Bank, CA Technologies
    Air India, Akademicki Szpital Kliniczny (ASK), Allone, Altran, Apollo, ARCHIVA, Asia Innovatory Management School, ATLAS ELEKTRONIK GmbH, AutoData Norge AS, Baldor Electric, Business Connexion, CASIO, Ciclum Farma, Delta Lloyd, Edumate , HPE,  SAP SE,  Lenovo, BMW, T-Systems, UCX, Turners & Growers, Shenzhen Development Bank, Bosch Group, JK Tyres & Industries, IOCL, European Space Agency, Daimler AG, China Minsheng Banking Corp, Café Coffee Day, Unisys,  Petrochina Company Ltd, Fitch Ratings, ABeam Consulting Co Ltd, Tyro Payments, Rackspace, Pacific Textiles, ...
    Samsung, eBay, AT&T, Walmart, Cisco, Time Warner Cable, Bloomberg, Best Buy, Dell, Intel, Microsoft, Ericsson, Orange, Wells Fargo
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    Financial Services Firm21%
    Government21%
    University14%
    Hospitality Company7%
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    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Financial Services Firm11%
    Hospitality Company11%
    Retailer11%
    Computer Software Company11%
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    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company26%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Government7%
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    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Educational Organization7%
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    Comms Service Provider38%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Government8%
    Educational Organization6%
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Small Business9%
    Midsize Enterprise40%
    Large Enterprise51%
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    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise33%
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    Small Business48%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise36%
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    SUSE Linux Enterprise is ranked 6th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 10 reviews while Ubuntu Linux is ranked 4th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 82 reviews. SUSE Linux Enterprise is rated 9.0, while Ubuntu Linux is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of SUSE Linux Enterprise writes "Stable with an elegant design and good performance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Ubuntu Linux writes "Versatile, highly-stable, and the best-supported one by the community". SUSE Linux Enterprise is most compared with openSUSE Leap, CentOS, Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris and Windows Server, whereas Ubuntu Linux is most compared with Oracle Linux, CentOS, Windows Server, openSUSE Leap and Oracle Solaris. See our SUSE Linux Enterprise vs. Ubuntu Linux report.

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