Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Red Hat Satellite?


We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

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Jayasundar S - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal Architect at Wipro Limited
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Apr 29, 2022

The price could be lower and more adaptive.

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Erik Widholm - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Enterprise Engineer at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
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Mar 14, 2022

Learning Satellite is quite a task. There is very little that is straightforward or intuitive about it, however, it is powerful, and, once learned, you find it to be worth the effort. I highly recommend the following: a. Take RH403. Ask your VAR if you can get a class with lab hours. Practice makes things work out well. I used the ROL subscription model, so I had plenty of time to go over material, build, and rebuild scenarios, and test before buying. b. Download (after you've taken the class) the evaluation and use the evaluation to get your environment configured. You have access to support during this time (though it is not critically responsive) and can get the help you need before obtaining the product. Be advised that Satellite (Smart Management) is an add-on to your regular Red Hat subscriptions. It is not a standalone product.

National Expert in Infrastructure and Operations at a training & coaching company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Feb 14, 2022

I don't directly handle the licensing contracts. I can't speak to the exact price.

IT Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
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Top 10
Apr 21, 2021

The pricing was reviewed about three years ago. We like the pricing setup as it scales up and down easily, as we are charged by the number of med notes. The pricing is fair. We simply have to pay for the subscription to get access to the software and the support system and don't have any costs above that.

Project & Software Manager at a consultancy with self employed
Real User
Nov 24, 2020

Its price is good. They call it subscription, not license, and it is on a yearly basis. There is only one subscription, and that's it.

JonathanShilling - PeerSpot reviewer
System Analyst II at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Sep 3, 2020

Satellite is usually bundled with the Red Hat premium-level support. So you can figure — depending on the number of servers — it can be from a couple of thousand dollars per year to over $100000 per year. It is absolutely dependent on how many servers you are using. The effect is that there are additional costs for the support and all that stuff but the license itself comes as a single total cost. That is the license being a total cost for Red Hat servers bundled in with premium support. If you have more than 50 servers, I would say using Satellite would be a boon. Depending on the number of administrators you have hired and the number of servers you are using, it can be cost-effective or not. But that goes with almost any software solution that you use, across the board.

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Red Hat Satellite has proven to be a worthwhile investment for me. Both its patch management and license management have been outstanding. If you have a large environment, patching systems is much more efficient since it requires very little administrative time. Beyond that, Red Hat makes it possible to target deployments, allowing me to zero in on sending out updates to specific groups as needed. While the patch management feature has been the most valuable to me so far, I have found that fixing has also become a favorite feature of mine because I have a lot of hardware, software, and packages which can often be difficult to fix. With Red Hat that is no longer an issue for me. The technical support that I have received up until now has also been outstanding. The only thing that I dislike about Red Hat is that I haven’t seen them do an update in quite some time. I also think they could do a better job of managing subscriptions. One good thing about Ansible is that it is agentless, which is what makes it a convenient solution. I chose not to go with Ansible because Ansible uses a CLI, and I prefer using UIs instead. I also dismissed Ansible because they do not have that many custom modules. While most things can be completed using commands, I don’t want to worry about writing modules if they don’t already provide the ones I need within their library, especially when I need to configure in the cloud. As a matter of fact, even the modules that they actually do have are underdeveloped. And I wasn’t impressed with the performance either. Conclusion Red Hat Satellite was the better product for me because I felt that Anisble had too many features that weren’t sufficient enough to meet my needs and that it had limited options overall.
User at European Union Intellectual Property Office
Aug 29, 2021
Hi community members, I work at a government organization with 10,000+ employees. I'm looking for a comparison between Ansible and Red Hat Satellite (better, as a comparison report). Can anyone help with this?
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Evgeny Belenky - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Community at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Aug 29, 2021
Hello @Faycal Noushi, @AliceGolakiya and @JonathanShilling. Could you​ share your professional advice with @Tamusa Lumembo?   Thanks.
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