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SUSE Linux Enterprise is #6 ranked solution in top Operating Systems for Business. PeerSpot users give SUSE Linux Enterprise an average rating of 10 out of 10. SUSE Linux Enterprise is most commonly compared to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL): SUSE Linux Enterprise vs Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 29% of all views.
What is SUSE Linux Enterprise?

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.

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What users are saying about SUSE Linux Enterprise pricing:
  • "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 no license for this solution, there is only a subscription of support available."
  • "Anyone can use Linux because it is open-source."
  • "The license we pay is for Oracle. We make use of the community edition."
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    Technical Presales Consultant/ Engineer at a wholesaler/distributor with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Stable with an elegant design and good performance
    Pros and Cons
    • "The initial setup is very straightforward."
    • "Red Hat has more packages that are available than SUSE does. I'd love to see more projects based on SUSE."

    What is our primary use case?

    SUSE Linux is the best enterprise Linux distribution, period. It's my preferred laptop operating system.

    What is most valuable?

    I'm using the latest that they have which is a new innovation called MicroOS, which basically creates immutable infrastructure. It's a new trend in the Linux world and it is amazing. SUSE has been different from Red Hat with its YaST tool. They have a tool called YaST and it makes Linux server administration much easier as it's like a GUI, not a command line. It's a really amazing tool at it allows you to automate the administration of Linux servers. I love it. I felt like it's where the enterprise should be.

    You can always have Oracle databases installed on SUSE. You can do the same on Red Hat. SUSE is a German company and they're very good with SAP. There is this database or ERP system based on this thing called SAP HANA. SUSE Linux is one of the few certified options to install SAP HANA on. If you're talking about enterprise-grade Linux, that can work on both Oracle and SAP and can offer it both Oracle and SAP workloads, SUSE is the best. I love it.

    The stability, the performance, and the elegant design are all aspects I really like. Everything about SUSE I like, to be honest.

    The product can scale. 

    The initial setup is very straightforward. 

    What needs improvement?

    People usually don't go with SUSE, when they're outside of the European Union. They go with Red Hat, especially in the Middle East. They love the American thing. However, SUSE and Red Hat are pretty similar. They help each other, in the end. They have amazing products and pretty much have a lot of common product bases between them. There are only minor differences.

    Red Hat has more packages that are available than SUSE does. I'd love to see more projects based on SUSE. They are doing a great job, however, it's not at the same level as compared to Red Hat. You can install almost anything on Red Hat or Ubuntu, however, not everything is straightforward or compatible with SUSE.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using the solution for six years at this point. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The product is quite stable and reliable. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. the performance is good. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The solution can scale if a company needs it to. 

    Not many people are using the product, even on the business side. Very few customers have SUSE. Very few understand the market, and therefore, very few have SUSE. I don't deal with it much in the market. However, at home, I'm running it on my laptop. My personal laptop is running on SUSE.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I've never had to interact with technical support. I can't speak to how helpful or responsive they are.

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

    I'm familiar with Red Hat and Oracle as well.

    I started my career as a web developer. I was really fond of cross-platform applications and cross-platform development. I've interacted with Mac operating systems. I've interacted with Windows, mainly. Nowadays, my personal favorite is an operating system called FreeBSD, which is not related to Linux at all. It's Linux-based, yet it's not Linux. It's different. Also, I have dealt with Android and iOS and that's mainly it. Windows, Linux, Macs, and the FreeBSD.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is straightforward. It's not as easy as Ubuntu. Sometimes you can run into hiccups with the drivers. Other than that, it's amazing. There's also a GUI, there is an interface. You just basically run your settings and click next, next, next, and you're good to go.

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

    There is no license. Usually, no Linux will charge for a license. They will get sued if they do so, as they are all running GPL software. GPL software would insist that you do not modify the code without sharing it with the public and anybody can use it. That's why it's not possible for them to charge money on the use.

    What other advice do I have?

    I'm using openSUSE 42.5, which is also based on SUSE. It's the same operating system, just under a different name. 

    I'd rate the solution at a ten out of ten. It's been great, overall. I'm more than satisfied with its capabilities. 

    I'd definitely recommend SUSE over any other Linux distribution. If you are a person who is learning Linux, very new to Linux, I would say go with Ubuntu. If you like American approaches, I will tell you to go with Red Hat. That said, SUSE is the best enterprise Linux out there, period. Red Hat does have an amazing company as well, and it's doing great contributions. However, my heart tends to always fall towards SUSE and how their product is really not just stable, but also user-friendly in the server world. In Red Hat, you have to know the command line. In SUSE, it's not a must. You do, however, there's a lot of things that can be automated without you having to write scripts.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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    Senior Technical Project Manager at a university with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    Offers a secure and mature operating system; consumes less memory than other systems
    Pros and Cons
    • "The solution offers a secure operation system."
    • "The free version sometimes has security holes."

    What is most valuable?

    I like the fact that SUSE has a secure operating system. SUSE is one of the more mature versions of Linux and one of the best out there - it's very easy to install and upgrade. One of its advantages is that it doesn't consume as much memory as other operating systems and you can trim it down. If you're trying to fortify the operating system it's very easy. If you were using Windows you'd have to do all kinds of things and it would take a lot longer, it's easier with Linux. 

    What needs improvement?

    I think the solution needs to move away from offering so many community or feature software. They need to develop something similar to Marketplace in AWS. SUSE has a tool that allows you to patch and update and install free software to separate channels. It provides a channel to patch the operating system and add new features and another channel to deal with installing free software. When you use the tool you're dealing with everything and for security reasons I think they need to separate the free software because it's a risk, especially nowadays when we're doing a lot of fortification or strengthening the operating system. We need to have the ability to not have to deal with all the free software because it sometimes has security holes. They really should just focus on the operating system updates and give the administrator the ability to put a block on all the free software. In other words, I just want the operating system updates. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using this solution for about seven years. 

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I haven't had contact with technical support. I downloaded the free version of SUSE and never purchased SUSE products. It's old, but you can use it. It's unlike the IBM Linux version, there's no free IBM Linux out there for now.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is straightforward. One of the things I like about Linux is that it's a lot easier to update than, for instance, Windows. I have experience with Windows, but the last eight years I have been using primarily Linux and only use Windows when I need to clean because sometimes you try to watch videos on Linux and they don't work or require you to install an additional decoder. As far as patching goes, Linux is a lot easier to patch than Windows and a lot easier to protect than Windows, I think.

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

    I haven't kept up on licensing costs, I haven't been selling or supporting products on a day to day basis. 

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    In terms of other similar solutions, I know that Red Hat Linux is more complex than the standard Linux distribution but it's better because it has so many extensions and so many different products within the Red Hat family. It's a lot more mature than SUSE. Now that IBM has bought Red Hat it's going to become even better. It can become a serious competitor in the cloud, although they need to standardize the naming conventions and there isn't a convention as with Amazon where it's very easy to understand the cloud features and products, and they have a well-organized system. IBM doesn't have that.

    What other advice do I have?

    I've had this version of SUSE for a while and just patch it and carry out the software updates because I want to keep my environment stable. When I was installing my multiple systems, I selected the best update of the lot and SUSE was one of them. I selected several different Linux distributions. I have the SUSE Linux, Fedora, Scientific Linux and I have Mango Linux. I wanted to develop a feature on my laptop that would allow me to run multiple operating systems concurrently and have multiple keyboards on the laptop, rather than having to switch between them. It's a work in progress. 

    I rate this product a nine out of 10.  

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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    Narsing Thakur
    Solution Architect at YASH Technologies
    Real User
    Top 20
    Good performance, integrates well with Active Directory, and has an inbuilt HANA firewall
    Pros and Cons
    • "The most valuable feature is that there is an inbuilt HANA firewall."
    • "We have had trouble integrating Autodesk with the SUSE manager."

    What is our primary use case?

    We implement SAP solutions for our customers using SUSE Linux Enterprise as the operating system. We perform migrations from on-premises to cloud, where customers ask us to migrate their applications and data. When they want to implement SAP HANA they have two choices, which are SUSE Linux Enterprise and Red Hat.

    What is most valuable?

    The most valuable feature is that there is an inbuilt HANA firewall.

    Integration with Windows Active Directory is user-friendly.

    Security and performance are good.

    What needs improvement?

    We have had trouble integrating Autodesk with the SUSE manager. It is a problem in the configuration and the documentation does not properly explain how it needs to be managed. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We have been working with SUSE Linux Enterprise for more than 10 years.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    When I experience problems, the first thing that I do is try to solve the issues myself. If I fail then I will contact technical support; however, until now, I have not had a problem that necessitated contacting them.

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

    I'm from a Red Hat background and I also have experience working on SUSE. In my previous deployment, I found that SUSE was working slightly better than Red Hat. The main reason is that when we hand over the system to the team and we do a system readiness, everything is automated. Compare this with Red Hat, where there are some manual things that we need to do using the command line and from the sysctl settings as well.

    One of the things that we need to explain to customers is why we recommend using SUSE Linux Enterprise over Red Hat, which they may already have installed.

    A nice feature that Red Hat Spacewalk has is that it will automatically perform a vulnerability check on the Red Hat servers, which is something that SUSE is missing.

    How was the initial setup?

    The length of time for deployment depends on the environment. For a VM installation, it will not take more than 20 minutes. Deploying within a data center is longer, but will still not take more than one hour.

    What about the implementation team?

    Being part of the infrastructure team in the company, we are responsible for these types of deployments, as well as cloud-based storage solutions. We have a complete team.

    What was our ROI?

    For SAP deployment, SUSE offers better value for the company when compared to Red Hat.

    What other advice do I have?

    After working with both SUSE and Red Hat, I would absolutely recommend people implement SUSE Linux Enterprise. The features that it provides in terms of security, managing the storage, and encryption/decryption, all contribute to why I recommend it.

    In summary, this is a good product and it has the features that everyone needs.

    I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud

    If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

    Microsoft Azure
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    Data Solution Architect at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Flexible, stable, and works well with web-based applications
    Pros and Cons
    • "The main feature is that Linux is flexible to work with for most web-based applications."
    • "I would like to see better functionality for interacting with cloud-based systems."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use SUSE Linux on some of the servers that are in our data center.

    What is most valuable?

    The main feature is that Linux is flexible to work with for most web-based applications. 

    What needs improvement?

    I would like to see better functionality for interacting with cloud-based systems.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We have been using SUSE Linux for more than 10 years in this organization.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    This is a very stable product and we plan to continue using it in the future.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    SUSE Linux is very scalable. Much of our organization of approximately 1,000 employees use these systems for different functions.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Once in a while, we contact technical support, although the systems are so stable that this rarely happens. We the certified people that we have, it's straightforward.

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

    We have also used Windows Server for the same purpose. We found that on Linux, it is easier to use compared to deploying on Windows Server for some of those web-based applications. We do not need to have much interaction with it.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is straightforward and because we are using VMware, and we already have a set of templates, the installation takes maybe 30 minutes at most. 

    What about the implementation team?

    We take care of the deployment ourselves. We have certified SUSE Linux personnel that are in charge of those systems.

    Our data center team is close to 10 people and they handle maintenance. This team is not only in charge of SUSE Linux, but all of the other systems that are there. For example, you would find somebody who is both Red Hat certified and SUSE Linux certified and this person would administer those servers.

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

    When we first implemented this product, we had licenses for support. Although because of the stability of the systems, we did not use it much so we scaled down on support. 

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    We did not switch from another product, as such. We have been using SUSE Linux for some time. We do have a mixture of different Linux servers that we use and we continue with this product because it's stable.

    What other advice do I have?

    We have a variety of versions, and the one being used depends on the application, or what the developer prescribes. We have the latest version, as well as version 11 and version 12.

    Overall, this is a good product and I can recommend it. 

    I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    SAP Director at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    Stable, scalable, and has good support
    Pros and Cons
    • "I have not experienced any issues with this operating system."
    • "The initial setup could be simplified."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use this as our operating system. It's a platform to deploy solutions.

    What is most valuable?

    I have not experienced any issues with this operating system.

    What needs improvement?

    The initial setup could be simplified.

    I would like to see integration with other solutions.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been working with SUSE Linux Enterprise for three years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It's a stable solution. I have not experienced any issues.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    SUSE Linux Enterprise is a scalable product.

    We have approximately 200 users in our organization.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Technical support is okay.

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

    I have been working with the cloud version of Microsoft. NET Framework for 10 years. We use it for administration processes and finance.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is a bit complex. You need to have an expert with the expertise to assist you, but, it doesn't take a lot time.

    We have a team of five people to maintain this solution.

    What about the implementation team?

    You definitely need the help of an consultant for the installation.

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

    I have to pay for a license in order to get support.

    What other advice do I have?

    I am responsible for project management. I follow up and track the progress and provide reviews to the customers.

    I would recommend this solution to others who are interested in using it. That said, there is always room for improvement.

    I would rate SUSE Linux Enterprise an eight out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    General Manager at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
    Real User
    Overall good features, fair pricing and adequate technical support
    Pros and Cons
    • "SUSE Linux Enterprise is scalable."
    • "I have not seen an ROI with this solution."

    What is most valuable?

    My customers are happy with the features and the stability of the code. Also the availability of extended support of each version for a few years after normal support ends. Unique advantages are offered by the special edition SES for SAP applications.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using SUSE Linux Enterprise for approximately three years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is very stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    SUSE Linux Enterprise is scalable.

    How are customer service and support?

    I don't have personal experience with the support - however my experience with selling subscription and support contracts over the years indicates that vendor support is adequate because end-users are happy.

    How would you rate customer service and support?

    Positive

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

    I have dealt with the Red Hat solution. 

    What was our ROI?

    I am not an end-user deploying the solution, so  ROI is not really applicable. However, as the subscription price of the solution is quite lower than comparatively featured Enterprise Linux Server offerings, the ROI should be correspondingly higher.

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

    As with all commercially supported open source software, there is no license fee for this solution, users buy annual or multi-year support subscriptions.

    What other advice do I have?

    I do recommend this solution to customers who deploy enterprise open source linux systems. If customers order it we sell it to them.

    I rate SUSE Linux Enterprise a nine out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises

    If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Official distributor-reseller of SUSE
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    System Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
    Real User
    Open-source, reliable, easy to use, and has good support

    What is our primary use case?

    SUSE Linux Enterprise is a critical component. We also use it with SUSE Rancher.  This solution is used to run the master node of Kubernetes and Rancher, which are co-dependent, and it does not run on Windows.

    What is most valuable?

    It is very powerful and different from Windows. It is very simple to use. You don't have to click, you just enter the commands. It's a flexible solution.

    What needs improvement?

    I would like to see GUI improved, it could be more user-friendly.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using SUSE Linux Enterprise for seven months.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    SUSE Linux Enterprise is a stable product.

    How are customer service and support?

    Technical support is very…

    What is our primary use case?

    SUSE Linux Enterprise is a critical component. We also use it with SUSE Rancher. 

    This solution is used to run the master node of Kubernetes and Rancher, which are co-dependent, and it does not run on Windows.

    What is most valuable?

    It is very powerful and different from Windows.

    It is very simple to use.

    You don't have to click, you just enter the commands.

    It's a flexible solution.

    What needs improvement?

    I would like to see GUI improved, it could be more user-friendly.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using SUSE Linux Enterprise for seven months.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    SUSE Linux Enterprise is a stable product.

    How are customer service and support?

    Technical support is very strong. Many resources can be found on the internet.

    They offer enterprise-level support, similar to Red Hat and SUSE.

    We are satisfied with the technical support.

    How was the initial setup?

    If you are a technical person, the setup is easy, but if you are not, it can be quite complex.

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

    Anyone can use Linux because it is open-source. If you require technical assistance, you will have to pay for it.

    What other advice do I have?

    I don't have a lot of experience with this solution, I have recently completed my MCA, as well as my internship.

    I would rate SUSE Linux Enterprise a ten out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud
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    Nasri Nabil
    Head of Service at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
    Real User
    Top 20
    A solution which is easy to use and manipulate, performs well and secure
    Pros and Cons
    • "The solution is easy to use, secure and allows for simple manipulation."
    • "In the next release it would be nice to see more integration and better automation of processses."

    What is our primary use case?

    The solution can be useful for operating systems, such as running certain applications. We use it as a community solution. 

    What needs improvement?

    In the next release it would be nice to see more integration and better automation of processes. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using SUSE Linux Enterprise for around 20 years. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The performance is good. I am satisfied with it. 

    How are customer service and support?

    We have a maintenance contract with Oradist, which is the Oracle firm in Tunisia. 

    How was the initial setup?

    I was not involved in the installation. I am part of the development team, am responsible for the integration of our solution and belong to the BI team. I use Pentaho Business Intelligence and take advantage of the community.

    What about the implementation team?

    We have 16 people responsible for the deployment and maintenance. 

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

    The license we pay is for Oracle. We make use of the community edition. 

    What other advice do I have?

    While I don't install the solution, I use it as part of the development team.

    The solution is easy to use, secure and allows for simple manipulation. 

    I feel no need to modify the interface or GUI. 

    The solution comprises our entire server. We have many people who make use of the solution. 

    I recommend the solution to others, both SUSE OS and Oracle Database. 

    I rate SUSE Linux Enterprise as a ten out of ten. 

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