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Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Pros

Don Beyer - PeerSpot reviewer
Systems Administrator at Ithaca College
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.
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JonathanShilling - PeerSpot reviewer
System Analyst II at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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.
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Bruce Young - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Systems Engineer at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
This is a very robust product that doesn't require a lot of handling. It just works.
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
September 2022
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LM
Analyste principal - AIX et Linux at a hospitality company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The integrated solution approach reduces our TCO tremendously because we are able to focus on innovation instead of operations.
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Erik Widholm - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Enterprise Engineer at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
It is a good operating system. It is very stable. It does not take a lot of maintenance. You set it up well and it runs.
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Paul Monroe - PeerSpot reviewer
CTO at Standard Bank International
It is more supported and supportable in the enterprise sense than Ubuntu or perhaps a smaller distro, but it's also flexible enough to easily transport from platform to platform: ISA to ISA, production to development, and vice versa.
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Dinesh  Jaisankar - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Information Technology System Analyst at National center of meterology
It is a well-established operating system. We have tried to implement almost every feature of a version in our environment, and it has been very reliable. We are not facing many production issues on a day-to-day basis. They have well-documented articles on their documentation site and a knowledge base on their website. When we need to implement anything, we are able to find information about the best practices and the solution.
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Joerg Kastning - PeerSpot reviewer
Systems Administrator at a educational organization with 10,001+ employees
One of the most important features is the package manager. It provides the ability to very easily roll back transactions when something has gone wrong. It is an easy-to-use tool that helps me in situations where something unexpected has happened. I found that this was one of the solution's major advantages over other distributions.
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RicardoURQUIDI - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
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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ER
CTO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The Red Hat support is most valuable. My team and I are really good at Linux, and we can do almost everything in any kind of Linux solution, but sometimes, we have a really nasty problem, and the Red Hat engineering support at the third level has been fantastic. They know how to fix almost everything. The reason why I pay so much money to them is to have this kind of service and assurance.
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Cons

Don Beyer - PeerSpot reviewer
Systems Administrator at Ithaca College
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.
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JonathanShilling - PeerSpot reviewer
System Analyst II at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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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Bruce Young - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Systems Engineer at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
The price is something that can be improved, as they are still being undercut.
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Buyer's Guide
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
September 2022
Learn what your peers think about Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: September 2022.
632,611 professionals have used our research since 2012.
LM
Analyste principal - AIX et Linux at a hospitality company with 5,001-10,000 employees
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."
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Erik Widholm - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Enterprise Engineer at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
It is a bit on the pricier side. However, due to the stability and support that they provide to my management and me, we really don't see a reason to choose another way to go. It is hard to get good support.
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Paul Monroe - PeerSpot reviewer
CTO at Standard Bank International
Large application vendors may not have certified RHEL, or they have certified an older version. Most of the large application vendors are unfamiliar with the versioning that RHEL introduced, which I strongly support. They will support a given sub-version up to a point, not realizing that the sub-versions are essentially additive.
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Dinesh  Jaisankar - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Information Technology System Analyst at National center of meterology
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.
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Joerg Kastning - PeerSpot reviewer
Systems Administrator at a educational organization with 10,001+ employees
The Authselect tool needs improvement. This tool is used to connect your system to an identity provider or directory service, e.g., openLDAP. There is documentation and descriptions. While there are a few use cases and examples described, it is sometimes hard to use these tools to set up the configuration that we need for our specific environment. I would like it if there was more general information about the tool, not just describing a use case. For example, here is how to do it and how to connect to some kind of openLDAP service as well as more information about when you need to configure certificate services and mutual authentication.
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RicardoURQUIDI - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
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.
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ER
CTO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Network virtualization resources could be better. When you have any kind of trouble with network virtualization, such as with OVS, which is like a switch in a virtual environment, it takes many hours to find what is happening. Other vendors, such as VMware, and even other Linux implementations for network virtualization have better resources. It is much easier to escalate, and there is better documentation.
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Buyer's Guide
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
September 2022
Learn what your peers think about Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: September 2022.
632,611 professionals have used our research since 2012.