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"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.""The most valuable features are the specification and technical guides, they are most important the security.""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.""Customer support is valuable.""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 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.""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."

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"The initial setup is very straightforward.""The stability of the solution is good. We have not had any issue with performance.""The solution offers a secure operation system.""SUSE Linux Enterprise is scalable.""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.""Linux is easy to use. You have more control on a Unix system.""It's a flexible solution."

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"The feature that I have found the most valuable is that it is open source. It is also very easy to manage. We can manage it ourselves.""You can do everything you need to do with a browser.""We can easily customize the NTS Client code.""You can scale the solution quite well.""The auto upgrade operating system feature.""There is value in the long-time supported distribution LPS.""It is more powerful because you have more control over it.""We use Ubuntu Linux because it is scalable, stable and developer-friendly."

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"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.""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.""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.""Their pricing and documentation can be improved.""It is mostly better than other solutions. However, it is sometimes difficult for disaster recovery, so we have to plan accordingly.""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.""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."""It could be a bit more user-friendly. It could also be cheaper."

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"I would like to see GUI improved, it could be more user-friendly.""We have had trouble integrating Autodesk with the SUSE manager.""I would like to see better functionality for interacting with cloud-based systems.""In the next release it would be nice to see more integration and better automation of processses.""The interface could improve.""SUSE could make more APIs available.""I have not seen an ROI with this solution.""Red Hat has more packages that are available than SUSE does. I'd love to see more projects based on SUSE."

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"It could be better for working with software at a high resolution.""The solution could improve by having the user interface use fewer resources.""You have to do a lot of configurations yourself. It is not very user friendly.""I don't like the graphical interface in Ubuntu and it should be better.""The interface could be more user-friendly.""After only a week of using the solution, we haven't really found any limitations or missing features.""We don't have any support, so we search for answers online. However, it can sometimes be a little messy to find the information if you have a highly specific question or a strange problem. It would be nice if finding information were a little simpler. Maybe they could have some portal that could point you to where you can find information.""The stability definitely can be improved. When we are implementing patches and new releases, it tends to fail."

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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
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm21%
    Government21%
    University14%
    Hospitality Company7%
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    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Financial Services Firm11%
    Hospitality Company11%
    Retailer11%
    Computer Software Company11%
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    Comms Service Provider28%
    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%
    Company Size
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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 81 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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