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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 openSUSE Leap: SUSE Linux Enterprise vs openSUSE Leap. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 30% 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.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Buyer's Guide

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Darryl Darling - PeerSpot reviewer
Enterprise Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Out-of-the-box SLES supported all of our HBAs and hardware specific components. I have not been overly impressed with their technical support.
Pros and Cons
  • "Out-of-the-box SLES supported all of our HBAs and hardware specific components."
  • "It also was very easy to setup, and offered an easy to use advanced setup option as well. This helped to create special configurations for different use cases."
  • "When working in a Department of Defense environment, Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs) have to be followed. SLES is not really addressed directly here. It did make following security policy difficult."
  • "I have not been overly impressed with their technical support."

What is our primary use case?

My colleagues and I have been using the product for several years now. Overall, I have been very satisfied with it and the way it has integrated into many of the solutions that we have placed in service. SLES is a mature, solid Linux offering. I recommend that companies, which have not reviewed its potential, take a second look.

My experience with SLES extends for at least eight years.

How has it helped my organization?

The organization was using an Oracle database and application server, and the Orarun package made deploying those products so easy. It even allowed us to move most of the Oracle software configuration effort away from us to DBAs and application support personnel. 

I do not know if YaST or Orarun made the most impact in our organization. Both made life a lot easier. YaST just made administration a breeze.

What is most valuable?

The best experience would have to be the upgrade process. It has progressed to be very easy and seamless. 

The most valuable aspect of the product was the support for the Oracle product stack. The Orarun package was such a tremendous help in our shop.

What needs improvement?

When working in a Department of Defense environment, Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs) have to be followed. SLES is not really addressed directly here. It did make following security policy difficult. Red Hat is more friendly in this respect.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I do not recall any stability issues up until Hyper-V was added to the mix. I am not really sure it should be counted because we were not privy to the underlying configuration, and there were other VMs experiencing similar behavior.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

With respect to scalability, there have never been any issues. The product was always able to perform the way we needed it to. The SDK and HA software extensions really helped to make many of our solutions possible.

How are customer service and technical support?

Unfortunately, I have not been overly impressed with their technical support, except on one occasion. I was completely blown out of the water by the outcome of ticket I opened on setting up an IMAP server. The support rep assisted me and drafted a document that would be published for others to benefit from.

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

My organization moved from Solaris and HP-UX to SLES. These vendors' OEM hardware became too expensive and we were looking for an alternative. 

SLES proved to be a very extendable product, supporting most, if not all of our infrastructure. The major reason I chose to use the product was the extensive enterprise peripheral support. Out-of-the-box SLES supported all of our HBAs and hardware specific components. This was really what sold me.

How was the initial setup?

It also was very easy to setup, and offered an easy to use advanced setup option as well. This helped to create special configurations for different use cases.

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

As far as licensing goes, there is nothing unusual here. The price and model have worked fine for my organization

What other advice do I have?

Any company looking to standardize on a Linux platform should seriously review this product. It has served me well for many years.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
PeerSpot user
Systems Support Specialist at a hospitality company with 201-500 employees
Real User
YaST simplifies the server management allowing for a centralized utility to control most of the server functions
Pros and Cons
  • "YaST simplifies the server management of SUSE allowing for a centralized utility to control most of the server functions."
  • "The initial setup for most modern Linux distributions is normally straightforward. Most of the common distributions use an ncurses or GUI install."
  • "All distributions of Linux could use some improvement."
  • "The only stability issues that I can recall encountering with SUSE would be with KDE. However, that is limited to just the desktop environment as I have not had stability issues with ​most server functions."

What is our primary use case?

I have been using SUSE and OpenSUSE since 1999 in various capacities.

What is most valuable?

There are several items which make this distribution a good product, however I think YaST is probably what I like most about it. YaST simplifies the server management of SUSE allowing for a centralized utility to control most of the server functions.

What needs improvement?

All distributions of Linux could use some improvement. 

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The only stability issues that I can recall encountering with SUSE would be with KDE. However, that is limited to just the desktop environment as I have not had stability issues with most server functions.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Not that I can recall.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have never actually used the technical support. If I had an issue, then I would search the forums to find others that may have encountered similar issues.

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

I have used various different distributions of Linux. Currently, I am supporting Ubuntu and CentOS server deployments.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup for most modern Linux distributions is normally straightforward. Most of the common distributions use an ncurses or GUI install. 

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

I would advise others to download the free or strictly open source versions, then test them in their environment before committing to a purchase. This will allow for testing suitability for applications that they want to run. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have evaluated several different versions of Linux distributions over the years. It depends upon the planned use as to which platform will work best. I have tested RedHat, Debian, Ubuntu, SUSE, Linux Mint, SparkyLinux, SliTaz, Gentoo Linux, and several others.

What other advice do I have?

Verify this product will do want you need it to do. As with all server class distributions, it can be setup with or without the GUI.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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it_user366516 - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Admin at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Vendor
Compared to Windows, use is more stable and scalable; easy to manage.

What is most valuable?

SuSe has an offline repository in DVD media. It's easy to use, although not as easy as Ubuntu is.

The administration tools are very useful.

How has it helped my organization?

We use it as a webserver: DNS Server and LDAP server.

What needs improvement?

The updating package:

We had trouble installing packages outside of the repository.
There were often conflicts in the existing version;

A depends on B, B depends on C, and etc...so we must upgrade to C and B before installing A.

For how long have I used the solution?

Since 2010.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

So far the use is very stable and we've never experienced any constraints.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No.

How are customer service and technical support?

We do not pay for a subscription, so we do not get support. But out there, there are a lot of forums that can help us to solve the problem.

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

Previously, we used Microsoft products. The expensive license fees made us switch to open source.

Compared to Windows, use is more stable and scalable; easy to manage.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup is straightforward. They have a very good GUI/user interface.

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

We're not subscribed to any support. So far, without a subscription, there are no obstacles.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We've tried some Linux distro.
Limited internet connection made us look for distros which have repository on DVD.
Ubuntu may be the best choice for beginners if you have reliable internet access.

What other advice do I have?

Look for products that have broad support and community, because it is very helpful when experiencing problems.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Buyer's Guide
Download our free SUSE Linux Enterprise Report and get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions.
Updated: April 2022
Buyer's Guide
Download our free SUSE Linux Enterprise Report and get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions.