What operating system do you use in your business?

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Justin Burdine - PeerSpot reviewer
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Jan 17, 2023

For those running RHEL or CentOS, I'd encourage you to take a look at Rocky Linux. It's the fastest-growing operating system that has emerged since the announcement of the end of CentOS and its moving to CentOS Stream. Rocky Linux has all the advantages of RHEL but allows you to not be tied to a cumbersome contract. Rocky does have commercial support offered by its founding sponsor CIQ. One of the nice things about CIQ's support model is that they offer a unique "per admin" pricing model. This offers the opportunity to have a set number of named admins who can open and work support tickets on an unlimited number of systems. Yes, you heard that right. By going this route you no longer have to count cores, keep track of where systems are running and worry about being audited. Just use Rocky, and only pay for the number of administrators you want to be able to work tickets and you have unlimited coverage on your Rocky Linux systems. Full disclosure, I left an amazing career at Red Hat to come over to CIQ because I believed in this model so much. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out and get in touch.

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Faustine Chisasa - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Oct 3, 2022

We use all sorts of operating systems as our technical teams and applications are diverse. We have Linux (RHEL for mission-critical applications, Oracle Linux, Old applications on Centos, and numerous Windows server operating systems for Microsoft applications.

Beth Safire - PeerSpot reviewer
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Top 5
Sep 19, 2022

We are using Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) for our organization’s OS.

RHEL is a very good and stable operating system that does not require a lot of maintenance. You just deploy it and it runs. The initial setup is straightforward. With RHEL, the setup is easy since you have a GUI, so any Windows-based user is going to be able to do it. You can also run deployments with scripting.

RHEL enables us to deploy our current applications and merge our workloads across physical hardware and virtual machines. When we do this, virtualization and physical hardware remain unchanged. Deploying to the cloud depends on the platform we use, but it is mostly consistent as well. RHEL is pretty much the standard now. Whether we go to Rackspace, Amazon, Azure, or even Microsoft, they are all supporting RHEL distribution.

Red Hat is incredible at all infrastructure tasks. For example, when it comes to web servers, Red Hat is excellent for setting up and managing web servers or databases. It also does a very good job for proxies. If you want your system to run with minimal user interaction, Red Hat is definitely the solution you need.

Below are some of the benefits RHEL offers:

  • Integration: We were able to easily integrate it with our existing infrastructure, which was very helpful for us. When compared to competing operating systems, we see that RHEL is much simpler to deploy in our environment. This is also due to the fact that we can connect all of our RHEL instances together and easily push out new content. We do this by using RHEL Satellite, which is the patching and lifecycle management application.

  • Monitoring: We like using the tracing and monitoring tools that RHEL offers. They provide us with a large number of metrics, and we utilize these tools to track the usage of our applications. When we use these tools, the performance of the OS is not impacted at all.

  • Scalability: It is unbeatable in terms of scalability. With RHEL Satellite, scaling up and down is extremely easy for us. I can scale hundreds of identical servers with the same configuration and set them all up with the push of a button.

  • Excellent support: The technical support offered by Red Hat is superior. The support team really pays attention to their customers. It is unusual to encounter a support person who doesn't seem to know what they are doing, and if it happens, it doesn't take very long to get the issue escalated to somebody else who can help out. I would rate the support as 10 out of 10.

The only thing I don't like about Red Hat is that every time we upgrade, we have to reboot. There are patches just about every month, and you are then forced to reboot your system. Fortunately, it's a single reboot, so it’s not too bad.

All in all, this is a very powerful and stable solution. I rate it a nine out of ten.

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