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Find out what your peers are saying about Oracle Solaris vs. Windows Server and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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"We find the Red Hat Satellite deployments very useful. It integrates well with other solutions.""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.""The most valuable features are the specification and technical guides, they are most important the security.""The integrated solution approach reduces our TCO tremendously because we are able to focus on innovation instead of operations.""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 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.""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."

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"One of the main features of this solution is the ease of use.""This product handles databases well; they run on top of the operating system.""Solaris is scalable because they have their own file system, like CFS.""Oracle Solaris is great due to the fact that it actually is meant for high-end servers.""The backup capabilities are quite good.""It works well. It is very stable and very good. It is also very safe. It cannot be easily infected by viruses or attacks.""Oracle Solaris was the preferred operating system for their customers to run their databases on and to get the best performance. It performs well with Oracle applications. Additionally, there are some features inside that are called zones which are Linux containers.""The stability of the solution is good."

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"The most useful is the interface and the ergonomic. Windows is very simple.""The most valuable feature of Windows Server is its scalability and robustness.""The product can scale very well.""The main features that we are using are active directory, domain, and DNS.""Windows Server is easy to use. It's user friendly for the admin guys.""We find the initial implementation process to be quick and easy.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the ESRP that is used with the Windows Platform.""The features that I have found most valuable are that it is quick with an easy installation and has good troubleshooting compared to Linux or any other operating system."

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Cons
"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.""It is mostly better than other solutions. However, it is sometimes difficult for disaster recovery, so we have to plan accordingly.""Linux overall needs improvement. They cannot go much beyond what Linus Torvalds's kernel implementation can do. I come from AIX, and there were very cool things in AIX that I am missing dearly, e.g., being able to support not only adding, but also reducing memory and number of processors. That is not supported on Linux right now, and it is the same for the mainstream file systems supported by Red Hat. There is no way of reducing a file system or logical volume. Whereas, in AIX, it was a shoo-in. These are the little things where we can say, "Ah, we are missing AIX for that."""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.""It could be a bit more user-friendly. It could also be cheaper.""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.""Their pricing and documentation can be improved.""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."

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"It is not easy to use. It doesn't have a user-friendly interface. It should be easy to use. We are planning to move from Solaris to Linux because Linux is more flexible and user-friendly. Its installation should also be easier. Solaris also needs specific hardware to work well, which is another reason why we are moving to Linux. It should be more flexible in terms of hardware. It should have better integration with other hardware platforms.""I believe before Oracle was using Oracle Linux, they were using Oracle Solaris for their customers who are using Oracle databases. This was because it was more optimized for the hardware built for it. It has good performance for the database only. However, if you take it out of the Oracle applications, it will not do well compared to other operating systems, such as Linux or even Windows can have better performance.""When we switch over to Solaris it was not easy because we had some troubles with the performance. Solaris is from Oracle and you would expect that it would run flawlessly, but we had some issues in sizing the previous Linux environment to the Solaris environment.""Solaris is not easy to use. It needs better GUI, UI, and configuration tools.""It would be helpful if the solution offered backend management. In the 11.4 version, Oracle added a management console. It would be great if we maybe had a user management tool to go with it.""This product is not as flexible as other similar solutions on the market today.""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."

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"The price could be better and the licensing model could be easier to understand.""While the solution is stable, it could be more so.""It would be better if the license had a longer lifetime.""Microsoft needs to expand to integrate the Windows Server with Azure and Linux distribution to provide a simple container environment for running dockerized applications.""The user interface could be simplified.""In the next release, I would like to see better pricing.""The solution should be less expensive.""But one issue I have with Windows Server is the limit on the number of concurrent sessions. You cannot have more than three simultaneous users unless you activate a license. You have to install it so that more people can access the applications simultaneously."

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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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  • "If you buy Oracle hardware it's supported free with the hardware. If you're putting it on non-Oracle hardware, that is when you buy the support license, which is also very reasonable. It is $1000 dollars per year, so it's not overly expensive."
  • "There should be an option to install the solution for free and just pay for the support. We purchased an annual license and the price could be better."
  • "Its licensing is on a yearly basis."
  • "The price is not good and needs to improve."
  • "This solution needs a license to use it."
  • "There are no licensing fees but you can opt to pay for support."
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  • "Microsoft is relatively inexpensive compared to other database platforms."
  • "This is not an expensive product."
  • "It is an expensive product."
  • "In our case, we primarily use Microsoft, so the cost is a lot less. But some of our customers have spent approximately $12,000 a year on the operating system license."
  • "The license model needs improvement."
  • "Our current license is an enterprise license agreement which gives you a whole lot of possibility, especially when you go through an R&D process. For example, you can provision everything, spread the service use over six months, and then wrap it up. It gives you a lot of flexibility."
  • "The Windows Server standard edition is affordable."
  • "We pay yearly for a license. If you ask any vendor they will tell you that it could be cheaper."
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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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    When comparing Oracle Linux and Solaris, I believe that Linux is more secure and more flexible. It is also very suitable… more »
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    One of the main features of this solution is the ease of use.
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    There should be an option to install the solution for free and just pay for the support. We purchased an annual license… more »
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    It could be more secure. We don't like it because if you compare it to Linux, Linux is better.
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    We have the product that my team works on and we need to, for example, deploy the solution on running servers. That way… more »
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    Red Hat Enterprise Linux, RHEL
    Solaris 11, Solaris
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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.

    Oracle Solaris is a complete, secure, enterprise-grade cloud platform. From built-in, near zero-overhead virtualization and application-driven Software Defined Networking, to scalable data management and high availability clustering, we give you everything you need to build your enterprise cloud.

    Oracle Solaris 11.3 is the world's most advanced enterprise operating system. It delivers security, speed, and simplicity for enterprise cloud environments and DevOps

    For more information on Oracle Solaris, visit Oracle.com

    Windows Server 2016 is the most cloud-ready server Microsoft has ever built and includes a lot of technology that was inspired from our experience in the public cloud. It has big improvements in security, software-defined infrastructure and technologies to help developers build modern microservice-based applications, in the cloud or on-site. 

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    Financial Services Firm21%
    Government21%
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    Comms Service Provider7%
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    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Financial Services Firm22%
    Consumer Goods Company11%
    Security Firm6%
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    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company26%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Computer Software Company14%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Manufacturing Company8%
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    Comms Service Provider39%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Government6%
    Manufacturing Company4%
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Midsize Enterprise40%
    Large Enterprise51%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise71%
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    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise39%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Oracle Solaris vs. Windows Server and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
    563,148 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Oracle Solaris is ranked 8th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 10 reviews while Windows Server is ranked 3rd in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 132 reviews. Oracle Solaris is rated 8.4, while Windows Server is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Oracle Solaris writes "Powerful with high availability and very stable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Windows Server writes "Easy to use, simple to set up, and scales well". Oracle Solaris is most compared with Oracle Linux, Ubuntu Linux, CentOS, Windows 10 and openSUSE Leap, whereas Windows Server is most compared with Windows 10, Ubuntu Linux, CentOS, Oracle Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise. See our Oracle Solaris vs. Windows Server report.

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