FreeBSD vs. IBM i

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
FreeBSD
Score 7.0 out of 10
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FreeBSD is an operating system used to power modern servers, desktops, and embedded platforms. A large community has continually developed it for more than thirty years. Its advanced networking, security, and storage features have made FreeBSD the platform of choice for many of the busiest web sites and most pervasive embedded networking and storage devices.N/A
IBM i
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
IBM i is an operating system for IBM Power Systems and IBM PureSystems.N/A
Pricing
FreeBSDIBM i
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
FreeBSDIBM i
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Best Alternatives
FreeBSDIBM i
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
FreeBSDIBM i
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
FreeBSDIBM i
Likelihood to Recommend
Open Source
FreeBSD is an excellent choice to continue using older hardware and have it perform, it is a great choice for a UNIX based development environment. Although I haven't used it as a server, it is most suited for this - it would make an excellent, secure and robust server for and I would love to start using it for this as well.
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IBM
IBM i platform is best suited for transaction-based and data warehousing applications. IBM i has proved its high availability and continuity for core banking applications. Since IBM i provides a single server solution for the back end to the front end, it is a simple and efficient system for a business to bring up their application live.
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Pros
Open Source
  • Performs really well, even on older hardware
  • Secure
  • Robust
  • Package manager (pkg) is excellent
  • Large collection of ported software from Linux
  • Documentation is excellent (FreeBSD Handbook)
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IBM
  • Database Management
  • Security
  • Logging
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Cons
Open Source
  • Installation can be tricky for first timers
  • You need to be comfortable using a command line terminal most of the time
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IBM
  • Needed more CASE tools like RDi on IBM i to be developed.
  • The webSphere-related hosting procedure needs to improvised for quick turnaround or setup.
  • Just like XML-into, JSON based parser will be helpful to deal with modern data sets.
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Alternatives Considered
Open Source
FreeBSD was the only operating system out of many I tried to install easily on older hardware and to run in a very performant way. For example, I had a lot of trouble trying to get Ubuntu to install on older hardware and when it did, it was too slow to use. FreeBSD installed quite easily and even after installing a desktop such as XFCE - it still run surprisingly fast. I was very impressed with it's performance, which it seems is a goal of the FreeBSD project.
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IBM
IBM i platform is single shop solution for multiple business requirements. Its database architecture and security options made it dependable among multiple business domain entities. IBM i is IBM's well-told and well-known system. IBM i is popular in companies in the manufacturing and supply chain business. Thanks to IBM that it kept IBM i (AS400) ever-evolving so far.
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Return on Investment
Open Source
  • As FreeBSD is free - the ROI is at least the cost of some commercial Linux or Windows based OS (which can be very expensive)
  • Allowed the re-use of older hardware that would have otherwise been disposed
  • No cost development environment
  • Opportunity for a no cost server setup also
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IBM
  • Excellent ROI when compared to other technologies that provide similar solutions
  • Fortified System Security
  • Lower Downtimes
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