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"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.""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.""We find the Red Hat Satellite deployments very useful. It integrates well with other solutions.""Customer support is valuable.""The integrated solution approach reduces our TCO tremendously because we are able to focus on innovation instead of operations.""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.""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.""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 main feature is that Linux is flexible to work with for most web-based applications.""The solution offers a secure operation system.""Linux is easy to use. You have more control on a Unix system.""SUSE Linux Enterprise is scalable.""I have not experienced any issues with this operating system.""The most valuable feature is that there is an inbuilt HANA firewall.""The initial setup is very straightforward.""The stability of the solution is good. We have not had any issue with performance."

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"The active directory that the server provides is the solution's most valuable aspect.""We can scale the solution if we need to.""I like that it's a stable product. For me, it's working fine.""What I like most about Windows Server is that it's easy to use.""The feature that I have found most valuable is the Active Directory. I have had good experience with Windows Server.""The most valuable feature is the performance.""The stability and performance are great.""The most valuable features are the file transfer protocol (FTP) and the secure file transfer protocol (SFTP)."

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Cons
"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."""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'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 biggest thing that is crushing RHEL is documentation. Their documentation is haphazard at best. The man pages that you can use locally are pretty good, they've been fleshed out pretty well, but the documentation from Red Hat itself really needs somebody to go through it and review it.""It is mostly better than other solutions. However, it is sometimes difficult for disaster recovery, so we have to plan accordingly.""It could be a bit more user-friendly. It could also be cheaper.""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."

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"The free version sometimes has security holes.""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.""SUSE could make more APIs available.""The initial setup could be simplified.""I would like to see GUI improved, it could be more user-friendly.""The interface could improve.""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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"In the next release, I would like to see better pricing.""It would be better if they improved the user interface.""The solution could have better security features.""The solution could improve by being more user-friendly.""The solution needs container compatibility.""Windows could add more tools to monitor the health of the server.""The security needs to be improved.""The stability is not very good because you have to restart the system to keep the stability."

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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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  • "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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    As with all commercially supported open source software, there is no license fee for this solution, users buy annual or… more »
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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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    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 »
    Comparisons
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    Red Hat Enterprise Linux, RHEL
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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.

    Windows Server is an operating system that is designed to run on servers and service networked applications. It includes technology that was inspired from their experiences in the public cloud. When compared to earlier Microsoft products, Windows Server 2016 is greatly improved in terms of its security, software-defined infrastructure, and technologies. It enables developers to build modern microservice-based applications in the cloud or on premises.

    Windows Server has many features that make it a most effective product. Included in these are a wealth of security features that enable administrators to both protect their networks from attack and limit the potential damage if malware does enter their system. It has a feature called the Local Security Authority, which protects user credentials from being stolen and exploited. All credentials are authenticated in a digital space that is kept separate from the rest of the system. This virtual space prevents any code not belonging to the Local Security Authority from running. It also has security tools that identify, isolate, and limit any potential system damage should an intrusion take place.

    Benefits of Windows Server

    Some of the benefits of using Windows Server include:

    • A wide array of security features that allow administrators to both secure themselves against digital intrusions and limit the damage should a breach occur. The Device Guard allows administrators to dictate what types of applications can run on their servers. This ensures that only applications that are trusted will be active in their systems. However, should a breach take place, administrators can use features like the Distributed Firewall to isolate the problematic software and prevent it from infecting the rest of the system.
    • Windows Server 2016 allows you to automate various server management tasks. The PowerShell feature enables administrators to turn over some of the more routine server management operations to this software so that they can focus their attention and resources on more complex and pressing tasks.
    • The ability to engage in innovation without having to compromise your security and efficiency. Application and software creators are able to run their software on the server without first having to modify it. In addition, any business looking to run proprietary software has a place where they can safely conduct their business.

    Reviews from Real Users

    There are a number of characteristics that make Windows Server an extremely effective solution. Two major ones are its inherent flexibility and its user-friendly nature.

    PeerSpot user Antonio D., a sales manager at INFOSEC, takes note of Windows Server 2016’s flexibility when he writes, “The product is a good operating system. The features fit our needs very well. For example, with Windows Server, you can use a machine for printing, accessing the internet, or using some applications. You can do it all with one server. You don't need several servers. One is enough.”

    Himanshu T., a system administrator and DevOps engineer at a tech-services company, takes note of the various way in which Windows Server 2016 is easy to use when he writes, “This solution is very user friendly, easy to use for any system administrator, simple to deploy applications, has a wide range of applications available, great UI, and takes less technical skills to operate than some other competitors. Additionally, the active directory has great functionality; if we want to integrate any assets, then we can easily do it.”

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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, ...
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    Financial Services Firm21%
    Government21%
    University14%
    Security Firm7%
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    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    University11%
    Marketing Services Firm11%
    Wholesaler/Distributor11%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Government7%
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company14%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider39%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Government6%
    Manufacturing Company4%
    Company Size
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise56%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business9%
    Midsize Enterprise40%
    Large Enterprise51%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise33%
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    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise39%
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    SUSE Linux Enterprise is ranked 6th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 10 reviews while Windows Server is ranked 3rd in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 136 reviews. SUSE Linux Enterprise is rated 9.0, while Windows Server is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of SUSE Linux Enterprise writes "Stable with an elegant design and good performance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Windows Server writes "Easy to use, simple to set up, and scales well". SUSE Linux Enterprise is most compared with openSUSE Leap, Ubuntu Linux, CentOS, Oracle Linux and Windows 10, whereas Windows Server is most compared with Windows 10, Ubuntu Linux, CentOS, Oracle Linux and openSUSE Leap. See our SUSE Linux Enterprise vs. Windows Server report.

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