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Attribute Ratings

  • IBM AIX is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.4

IBM AIX

94%
11 Ratings
9.0

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

90%
12 Ratings

Usability

IBM AIX

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

80%
1 Rating

Support Rating

7.5

IBM AIX

75%
4 Ratings
8.7

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

87%
4 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

IBM

IBM AIX is a very powerful and extremely stable operating environment. It is well suited for applications that are business critical and cannot tolerate outages. It is best used to address large enterprise level application needs where stability and scalability are of paramount importance. IBM AIX is less useful for small enterprises.
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SUSE

It is well suited for an administrator team that is accustomed to pointing and clicking on items in a GUI fashion. All of the configurations can be performed this way if one chooses not to go the CLI method way. SUSE Linux works well with Microsoft environments and it's really easy to join a SUSE Linux server to an AD infrastructure as a member server and configure user authentication so that the server's resources can be accessed.
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Pros

IBM

  • The newer version of IBM AIX allows to apply new patches without system restart
  • IBM AIX was the first operating system to have a journaling file system and have enhanced software features.
  • IBM AIX will have good vendor support 24/7 and will ensure reliability to the customers and more performance when compared to it peers.
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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

IBM

  • A lot of the built-in commands have not been updated in years. If you're used to some fancy CLI options in Linux, you may be out of luck with AIX.
  • Out of the box, you cannot run open-source Linux utilities on AIX. There is a toolbox you can install, however, it's not the same versions as you would get in different Linux flavors.
  • Tab completion for files and Up arrow to re-run previous commands don't work out of the box without running a Korn shell. A small annoyance, but one that catches me every time!
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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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Pricing Details

IBM AIX

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

IBM AIX editions and modules pricing
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Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    SUSE Linux Enterprise Server editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Usability

      IBM

      No answers on this topic

      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

      IBM

      There is lots of documentation out there for AIX. On the times I've had to address a hardware issue, IBM's support has been great.
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      SUSE

      It's great for basic support issues. But it's less suited for anything that is either obscure or uncommon, and it is very hard to escalate, unless you've built a relationship with your vendor/salesperson.
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      Alternatives Considered

      IBM

      Standard Linux distributions which are used more as commodity servers do not offer the ease of scale and growth that we see with our Aix implementations. IBM owning the HW and SW portions of the stack allows for tighter integrations and better performance windows.
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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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      Return on Investment

      IBM

      • IBM AIX on Power hardware has been the backbone of our most critical applications.
      • The versatility of IBM AIX virtualization has been extremely useful, scalable, and provided configuration with redundant dual VIO servers.
      • IBM AIX is not Linux so special skill sets are needed to actually manage the systems. Finding qualified engineers can often be a challenge
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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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