CentOS Linux vs. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
CentOS Linux
Score 8.4 out of 10
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CentOS Linux is a Linux distribution is an enterprise OS platform compatible with its source RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). Its end of life was announced for December 2021.N/A
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Score 8.8 out of 10
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The SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is distribution of the Linux operating system originally developed in Germany.N/A
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CentOS LinuxSUSE Linux Enterprise Server
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CentOS LinuxSUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
CentOS LinuxSUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Considered Both Products
CentOS Linux
Chose CentOS Linux
Long ago we used to run Red Hat ES. However, the management of the licenses and stupid dashboards just killed us. Too much time was wasted on worthless administration. Support was not good either. Now I used SUSE way back in the 2000's and it was ok. About two years ago I tried …
Chose CentOS Linux
For our development environment, we evaluated CentOS against Ubuntu and SLES, and actually did not end up picking CentOS, as our developers found it primitive compared to the niceties offered out of the box from Ubuntu. In addition, our developers found that Ubuntu had an …
Chose CentOS Linux
When the rubber meets the road, any Linux distribution will do. However, RHEL and distributions that are derived from RHEL have a fantastic ecosystem of users, software packages, and documentation (which is generally compatible between RHEL-derived distributions) that make it …
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Chose SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
SLES is comparable to RedHat, where both of them have massive customer loyalty in their own niche markets.
However, RedHat is much widely used, even though both of them are RPM-based. RedHat has the backing of the USA tech companies which just make them a giant compared to …
Chose SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
We consulted our service provider on their recommendation and made some research ourselves. It was a hands down win for Suse Linux on both fronts so we readily chose Suse Linux for our operating system of choice.
Red Hat and CentOS would almost be of the same distro package, …
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CentOS LinuxSUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Small Businesses
Ubuntu
Ubuntu
Score 9.0 out of 10
Ubuntu
Ubuntu
Score 9.0 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
Score 9.2 out of 10
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
Score 9.2 out of 10
Enterprises
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
Score 9.2 out of 10
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
Score 9.2 out of 10
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User Ratings
CentOS LinuxSUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Likelihood to Recommend
7.0
(21 ratings)
9.1
(15 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
-
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8.0
(2 ratings)
Availability
-
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10.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
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10.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
8.6
(5 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
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10.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
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8.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
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8.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
CentOS LinuxSUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Likelihood to Recommend
Open Source
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.
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SUSE
SLES has been the only OS for our large SAP landscape in North America and has been adopted by the rest of our global divisions because of our performance. We have not encountered any scenarios where SLES is not a good choice. We only use other OS when the vendor will not support SLES.
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Pros
Open Source
  • 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.
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SUSE
  • Consistently performs well across various CPU architectures.
  • It's very well supported both by the parent company, as well as SAP and other third-party companies.
  • It is upgradeable across versions. We've performed upgrades from version 10 to 11 and from 11 to 12 without any major issues.
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Cons
Open Source
  • CentOS is not a great desktop platform. Although some would disagree with that statement, I think that CentOS is better suited to life as a server.
  • Since CentOS is community-supported some software vendors will not officially support it because it isn't Red Hat.
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SUSE
  • The support window for service packs after a new SP is released is too short.
  • Community engagement is low.
  • There are times when supported packages fall too far behind and create compatibility issues with applications. The Open Build Service usually provides a way around this, though.
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Usability
Open Source
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SUSE
For the breadth of services, features and overall performance, I believe Suse Linux is a great choice for any enterprise. It still has to grow a bit in areas like online help forums and documents, but we are pretty much satisfied with our choice.
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Support Rating
Open Source
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.
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SUSE
Support personnel are helpful and fairly fast to bring resolution to non-emergency issues. Patches are created and posted in a timely fashion. We so far have not had any major problems that needed support
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Online Training
Open Source
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SUSE
Third party training was fast but mostly unnecessary as we were already Unix trained and Linux familiar
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Alternatives Considered
Open Source
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.
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SUSE
We went straight to SLES when we initially started migrating oracle to hana since at that time, HANA came on a pre-installed server that had to be purchased from an official vendor, and SLES was the only allowed OS. We stuck with SLES after we became certified to do our own installations because so far, SLES was a good fit for us.
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Scalability
Open Source
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SUSE
We have successfully deployed on physical servers, VMs and in cloud all over the globe from templates of our own design
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Return on Investment
Open Source
  • CentOS's support of RPM packages makes it very easy to replicate RHEL servers for development or testing in cheap / free environments
  • CentOS's minimalistic desktop environment requires additional tweaking / packages if you want to have a usable desktop environment with the niceties of other modern distributions. As a result, if developers want to use CentOS, they'll need to spend more time customizing it than other distros.
  • CentOS's easy customization from the command line lends itself well to our virtualization infrastructure where setup can be easily scripted to modify CentOS's configuration files.
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SUSE
  • Compared to others, use is more stable and scalable; easy to manage.
  • The administration tools are very useful in helping the staff performance.
  • SLES proved to be a very extendable product, supporting all of our infrastructure.
  • The major reason I chose to use the product was the extensive enterprise peripheral support.
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