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SUSE Linux Enterprise
Buyer's Guide and Reviews
May 2019
RHEL and SUSE Linux Enterprise

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RHEL and SUSE Linux Enterprise


Overview 4

Top Review by Topic of RHEL and SUSE Linux Enterprise 5-7

Answers From the Community 8

Vendor Directory 9

Top Operating Systems (OS) for Business Vendors, Weighted 10-11

Top 5 Solutions by Ranking Factor 12

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OVERVIEW To put your enterprise in a position to win, you

have to break down the barriers that hold you
back. With Red Hat Enterprise Linux, a platform
with unparalleled stability and flexibility, you can
reallocate your resources toward meeting the next
challenges instead of just maintaining the status

SAMPLE Travel Channel Air India, Akademicki Szpital Kliniczny (ASK),

Allone, Altran, Apollo, ARCHIVA, Asia Innovatory
Management School, ATLAS ELEKTRONIK GmbH,
AutoData Norge AS, Baldor Electric, Business
Connexion, CASIO...

TOP Oracle Linux vs. RHEL RHEL vs. SUSE Linux Enterprise
COMPARISONS Compared 57% of the time Compared 43% of the time

SUSE Linux Enterprise vs. RHEL CentOS vs. SUSE Linux Enterprise
Compared 23% of the time Compared 30% of the time

Windows Server vs. RHEL Oracle Linux vs. SUSE Linux Enterprise
Compared 10% of the time Compared 12% of the time


TOP INDUSTRIES, Comms Service Provider ... 10%

BASED ON Energy/Utilities Company ... 10%
READING REVIEWS* Non Profit ... 12%
Financial Services Firm ... 27%
COMPANY SIZE, 201-1000 Employees ... 14%
BASED ON 1-200 Employees ... 29%
1001+ Employees ... 57%

* Data is based on the aggregate profiles of IT Central Station Users researching this solution.

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Top Reviews by Topic


FEATURES Aditya Lad Darryl Darling

The GUI for network adapters and built-in tools The best experience would have to be the
provided by RHEL, such as the Mozilla browser, upgrade process. It has progressed to be very
have been valuable. Since they come built-in, it easy and seamless. The most valuable aspect of
saves the time of having to install them, and you the product was the support for the Oracle
have everything necessary with the installation product stack. The Orarun package was such a
itself. There are several tools which Red Hat tremendous help in our shop. [Full Review]
provides as add-ons such as ReaR (Relax and
Recover) which can be used for disaster recovery.
[Full Review]

Jonathan Shilling

John ONeill
There are several items which make this
distribution a good product, however I think YaST
is probably what I like most about it. YaST
Absolutely rock solid performance, security, simplifies the server management of SUSE
stability and reliability, essential features for a allowing for a centralized utility to control most of
business that needs to mission critical applications the server functions. [Full Review]
in a 24 x 7 environment. Plethora of useful tools
and services that just make getting the job done a
lot less time consuming. [Full Review]


Stable Linux OS. The stability of the OS is very

important for the computer system. Unstable
means you never know when it will crash or fail
while your valuable data and business
applications are running. [Full Review]

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TO MY John ONeill Darryl Darling

RedHat Enterprise Linux has been running mission The organization was using an Oracle database
critical systems in my organization now for nearly and application server, and the Orarun package
8 years, in a 24 x 7 environment. During this time made deploying those products so easy. It even
we have never, ever had any of our servers fail to allowed us to move most of the Oracle software
function as needed. Red Hat Linux has given us configuration effort away from us to DBAs and
five nines (99.999%) uptime for years. [Full application support personnel. I do not know if
Review] YaST or Orarun made the most impact in our
organization. Both made life a lot easier. YaST just
made administration a breeze. [Full Review]


The company that I worked for that employed

RHEL was a PACS (Picture Archiving and
Communication System - think of an image
repository for x-ray, CAT scan, MRI, etc., that
allowed radiologists to read the images and report
on their findings). Our software was a FDA-
certified medical "device," based on an open-
source DICOM toolkit. We had a custom repository
that served up our packages. We needed a stable,
supported version of Linux since we would have
to get FDA certification for each major vers... [Full

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IMPROVEMENT Aditya Lad Darryl Darling

Improvements are necessary to stay in the market When working in a Department of Defense
and face the competition. I really think that the environment, Security Technical Implementation
upgrade policies between the major versions, like Guides (STIGs) have to be followed. SLES is not
from from RHEL 5 to RHEL 6, should be much really addressed directly here. It did make
easier, similar to what is in place for upgrading following security policy difficult. Red Hat is more
from RHEL 6 to RHEL 6.8. [Full Review] friendly in this respect. [Full Review]

Dedy S

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 we must
upgrade to C and B before installing A. [Full

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Answers from the Community

What Is The Biggest Difference Between RHEL And SUSE Linux Enterprise?

One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is RHEL vs SUSE Linux Enterprise.
People like you are trying to decide which one is best for their company. Can you help them out?
What is the biggest difference between RHEL And SUSE Linux Enterprise? Which of these two solutions would
you recommend to a colleague evaluating Linux operating systems and why?Thanks for helping your peers make
the best decision!

Both distributions have similar pricing strategies. RHEL and SLES support many of the same architectures, including ARM64, x86-32,
x86-64; and Power Architecture, and they are both suited for servers, mainframes, and workstations. SuSE linux administration is a bit
easier than RHEL because of the YaST. in other aspects they are very similar to each other.

It really depends on the requirement of the business. All of linux administrators of every industry know that most of upstream linux's
package are from Debian. And RedHat leverage Fedora, SuSE do it through OpenSuSE. Then they packed them through their way
such as SUSE go with Autobuild process. In the application level, Most of SAP are running on SUSE. But most linux applications are
Armani running on RedHat. In the management level, RedHat had Satellite, SuSE had SuSE Manager which are both built from Spacewalk. In
the security level, they do most the same thing from CVE and the each advisory channel. But worth to know is that along with
MicroService and modern application model, RedHat bet OpenShift and 3scale and has it's JBoss platform to construct the new
service ecosystem. It's really better then SuSE's CaaS in the ecosystem. Another consideration is that SuSE comes from a very

Red Hat was just bought by IBM and are the de facto supported distribution with what I guess is 70% or more market share. They are
strong and are seen as the open source inventors although Linux is maintained by a community including various other companies -
that said strangely enough they have a very proprietary approach to their customers and tie them into hard contracts and an all or
Nicolas nothing clause as well as automatic renewals. They have managed to create a successful opensource + commercial model Suse is the
German version and will probably be used more in Europe, especially in Germany. They have been having a lot of financial problems
and have been sold and bought to VC companies a couple of times.Less commercially astute I would guess. Despite no longer being
with Oracle that is the distribution I would recommend as the model is open, no...

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Vendor Directory
CentOS CentOS Red Hat RHEL

Google Google Chrome Enterprise Micro Focus SUSE Linux Enterprise

Micro Focus openSUSE Leap Canonical Ubuntu Linux

Oracle Oracle Linux Microsoft Windows 10

Oracle Oracle Solaris Microsoft Windows Server

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Top Operating Systems (OS) for Business Vendors, Weighted

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Comparisons (17.5%), Reviews (17.5%), Followers (17.5%), and Average Rating (30%). Reviews and ratings by resellers are excluded from the
rankings. For each ranking factor, the score (i.e. bar segment length) is calculated as a product of the weighting factor and its position for that
ranking factor. For example, if a product has 80% of the number of reviews compared to the product with the most reviews in its category, then
the product's bar length for reviews would be 17.5% (weighting factor) * 80%.

1 Oracle Linux

33,402 views 16,492 comparisons 27 reviews 422 words/review 8.9 average rating


19,290 views 14,721 comparisons 6 reviews 317 words/review 9.0 average rating

3 Ubuntu Linux

11,488 views 6,785 comparisons 11 reviews 338 words/review 8.7 average rating

4 Oracle Solaris

16,855 views 7,430 comparisons 6 reviews 436 words/review 9.3 average rating

5 CentOS

10,485 views 9,053 comparisons 7 reviews 322 words/review 8.5 average rating

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6 SUSE Linux Enterprise

10,624 views 8,863 comparisons 3 reviews 435 words/review 8.0 average rating

7 Windows Server

6,775 views 5,980 comparisons 2 reviews 477 words/review 9.0 average rating

8 Windows 10

3,998 views 2,849 comparisons 2 reviews 555 words/review 8.5 average rating

9 openSUSE Leap

1,848 views 1,750 comparisons 0 reviews 0 words/review

10 Google Chrome Enterprise

34 views 6 comparisons 0 reviews 0 words/review

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Top 5 Solutions by Ranking Factor



1 Oracle Linux 33,402

2 RHEL 19,290

3 Oracle Solaris 16,855

4 Ubuntu Linux 11,488

5 SUSE Linux Enterprise 10,624



1 Oracle Linux 27

2 Ubuntu Linux 11

3 CentOS 7

4 RHEL 6

5 Oracle Solaris 6



1 Windows 10 555

2 Windows Server 477

3 Oracle Solaris 436

4 SUSE Linux Enterprise 435

5 Oracle Linux 422

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