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Senior Unix System Administrator at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Easy to install and manage
Pros and Cons
  • "It's easy to install."
  • "Updates are going to a streaming version."

What is our primary use case?

We have very varied, different uses. Mostly it's an appliance for applications.

How has it helped my organization?

It's required for some of the applications we have. In order to run those applications, we have to have CentOS.

What is most valuable?

It's easy to install.

What needs improvement?

They're changing how they're working, and I really enjoy the easy updates. Now they're going to a streaming version, which I don't like. We want to control the updates manually. We have an application that we don't want to be updated without our knowledge.

If you want to do something special on install, you can. But when they have 68 questions about how you want to install, you answer each one of them. A very simple, default install would be nice.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using CentOS for more than 12 months.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is extremely scalable. We have about 200 people using it at this point, mostly engineers or database guys.

We'll probably have a minor increase in usage, but not a huge increase in how many nodes we'll have.

How are customer service and support?

CentOS has no technical support. You just look it up if you have a problem.

Red Hat is the paid version of Linux. They take out all the Red Hat stuff and make CentOS Linux with no support. But a lot of people use it, and a lot of people post. So if you have a problem, you just look online and it's fine.

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

I did use Red Hat a long time ago, and I switched because they couldn't seem to decide how they wanted to charge for their service. I was perfectly happy to just pay them, but it would range by huge amounts. I couldn't maintain that.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is in between straightforward and complex. It could be easier. There are too many options, and I'd like a lot less.

What about the implementation team?

Deployment takes a half-hour, and we did it in-house. One person, myself, takes care of deployment and maintenance.

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

There are zero licensing costs for the solution. 

There are admin costs. We run it on VMware, so there has to be VMware cost.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There were a few other options, but CentOS is heavily used and that helps.

What other advice do I have?

Just be aware of the changes they're about to make, which is from the regular updates to streaming. That's major.

I would rate the solution nine out of ten. It's easy to install, it's easy to manage, it's free.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Software Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
Easy to use, stable, with good support and an improved user interface

What is our primary use case?

I use this solution for general purposes on my personal laptop. I have installed some applications on it and everything works. I am familiar with it.

What is most valuable?

I like the changes made to the user interface compared to the previous version of Windows such as Windows eight and Windows nine. It's easy to use.

What needs improvement?

This solution is stable, but it could be better. The stability could be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Windows 10 for one year. We are using the latest version.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Windows 10 is stable, but it could be improved.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is a scalable solution. We plan to…

What is our primary use case?

I use this solution for general purposes on my personal laptop. I have installed some applications on it and everything works. I am familiar with it.

What is most valuable?

I like the changes made to the user interface compared to the previous version of Windows such as Windows eight and Windows nine.

It's easy to use.

What needs improvement?

This solution is stable, but it could be better. The stability could be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Windows 10 for one year.

We are using the latest version.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Windows 10 is stable, but it could be improved.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is a scalable solution.

We plan to continue using this solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

I am satisfied with technical support.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. It was very easy.

What about the implementation team?

I completed the installation myself. We have a technical team to maintain and deploy it when necessary.

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

We pay a licensing fee.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate Windows 10 a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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