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Score 8.5 out of 100
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Score 7.7 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • CentOS Linux is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

7.5

CentOS Linux

75%
23 Ratings
7.0

Oracle Solaris

70%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

CentOS Linux

N/A
0 Ratings
5.0

Oracle Solaris

50%
1 Rating

Usability

CentOS Linux

N/A
0 Ratings
6.0

Oracle Solaris

60%
1 Rating

Support Rating

8.5

CentOS Linux

85%
10 Ratings
8.0

Oracle Solaris

80%
2 Ratings

Implementation Rating

CentOS Linux

N/A
0 Ratings
6.0

Oracle Solaris

60%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

CentOS Linux

In any role where you need raw server power, CentOS Linux is extremely well suited. It is extremely stable, and in my experience, probably the most stable of the Linux distros available. It has a very wide base of support from 3rd party sources for additional functionality that do not come already in the CentOS Linux distribution itself. It is not as appropriate for situations that are customer facing or end user facing. For those, I recommend Ubuntu Linux. But for everything server & compute related, I recommend CentOS Linux.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Solaris

For running Oracle databases, Solaris can't be beat. Leveraging Zones allows for virtualization out of the box. In addition, using zones with clustering can make migrating from Solaris 10 to 11 very easy. Finally, in an enterprise environment that requires 24/7 up-time and meeting SLA's, Solaris is a viable and robust choice.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

CentOS Linux

  • First of all, CentOS is one of the most secure and stable OSes straits from the box.
  • High performance on the average hardware.
  • In most of my scenarios—easy and quick deployment.
  • Huge KB community that helps to build and support different services on CentOS.
  • Versions lifecycle.
Valeryi Mezentsev | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Solaris

  • Database hosting.
  • Storage management via ZFS.
Andrew Buckle | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

CentOS Linux

  • To maintain maximum stability, software packages may not be the latest and greatest versions but you can easily compile their source code yourself if a packaged version is missing certain functionality.
  • Sometimes, the major version releases of CentOS may be delayed in delivery due to the project's infrastructure limitations. RHEL sets the cadence and others like CentOS and Oracle Enterprise Linux follow soon after.
  • As it's meant for server installations, personal computer and laptop peripherals that sport the latest technologies might not be supported right away.
Roger Mialkowski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Solaris

  • It seems that Solaris is becoming an afterthought at Oracle.
  • Oracle should be more vocal in their commitment to Solaris
  • Support Costs
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

CentOS Linux

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

CentOS Linux Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Oracle Solaris

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$0 per year

Oracle Solaris Editions & Modules

Edition
1 Year Subscription$1,000.001
  1. per year
Additional Pricing Details

Usability

CentOS Linux

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Oracle Solaris

Oracle Solaris 6.0
Based on 1 answer
You need to take the time to learn it. It is a massive product.
Andrew Buckle | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

CentOS Linux

CentOS Linux 8.5
Based on 10 answers
Again, written documentation is excellent, even on the older versions. The support community is the best. It is comprehensive and I would say that it global because it transcends national boundaries. Also, you find all types of people using CentOS to do all sorts of things so you are bound to find someone to talk to if there are problems.
Jason Smith, DPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Solaris

Oracle Solaris 8.0
Based on 2 answers
The support teams are well trained and responsive. Patches are rolled out regularly and are easy to deploy and backout.
Andrew Buckle | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

CentOS Linux

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Oracle Solaris

Oracle Solaris 6.0
Based on 2 answers
Stress testing and timing is key. You need test systems that mirror the live environments. User testing must be reflected in peak loads.
Andrew Buckle | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

CentOS Linux

CentOS is based on RHEL, so it really came down to the costs when making the selection between our options. RHEL offered more support and features, but nothing that we specifically needed. CentOS is fully customizable, something Windows Server was also lacking in many ways. The stability and speed was unmatched in comparison to Windows, and we were not utilizing any Windows-specific software to require us to use the Microsoft alternative. My years of experience have also made it a breeze to set up and configure new CentOS instances, leading me to stay where I'm comfortable.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Solaris

We also use Linux in our shop. Linux is capable, and a very good OS. Solaris was chosen because we can afford it. Again Linux is capable, but Linux is a disruptive technology i.e. it is a "good enough" Unix.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

CentOS Linux

  • Since CentOS is free, our developers and engineers can use it without regard for dipping into project budgets.
  • We can spin up a CentOS VM, use it and then destroy it without having to worry about licensing headaches.
  • CentOS can run on just about any hardware platform: server, laptop, old hardware, etc. so that makes it less expensive in that we don't have to buy specialized hardware for it.
Kenneth Hess | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Solaris

  • It just runs like a top, this mean TCO is low
  • We've not had issues with Solaris running on Sparc.
  • Reliability is above reproach.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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