NGINX vs. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
NGINX
Score 9.0 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
NGINX, a business unit of F5 Networks, powers over 65% of the world's busiest websites and web applications. NGINX started out as an open source web server and reverse proxy, built to be faster and more efficient than Apache. Over the years, NGINX has built a suite of infrastructure software products o tackle some of the biggest challenges in managing high-transaction applications. NGINX offers a suite of products to form the core of what organizations need to create…N/A
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
The SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is distribution of the Linux operating system originally developed in Germany.N/A
Pricing
NGINXSUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
NGINXSUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
NGINXSUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Top Pros
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Features
NGINXSUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Application Servers
Comparison of Application Servers features of Product A and Product B
NGINX
8.2
21 Ratings
3% above category average
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
-
Ratings
IDE support7.310 Ratings00 Ratings
Security management8.018 Ratings00 Ratings
Administration and management8.018 Ratings00 Ratings
Application server performance8.618 Ratings00 Ratings
Installation9.418 Ratings00 Ratings
Open-source standards compliance8.016 Ratings00 Ratings
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Score 9.2 out of 10
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Score 9.2 out of 10
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User Ratings
NGINXSUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Likelihood to Recommend
8.9
(48 ratings)
9.2
(15 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.1
(1 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(1 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
8.1
(4 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
NGINXSUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Likelihood to Recommend
F5
[NGINX] is very well suited for high performance. I have seen it used on servers with 1k current connections with no issues. Despite seeing it used in many environments I've never seen software developers use it over apache, express, IIS in local dev environments so it may be more difficult to setup. I've also seen it used to load balance again without issues.
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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
F5
  • Very low memory usage. Can handle many more connections than alternatives (like Apache HTTPD) due to low overhead. (event-based architecture).
  • Great at serving static content.
  • Scales very well. Easy to host multiple Nginx servers to promote high availability.
  • Open-Source (no cost)!
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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
F5
  • Customer support can be strangely condescending, perhaps it's a language issue?
  • I find it a little weird how the release versions used for Nginx+ aren't the same as for open source version. It can be very confusing to determine the cross-compatibility of modules, etc., because of this.
  • It seems like some (most?) modules on their own site are ancient and no longer supported, so their documentation in this area needs work.
  • It's difficult to navigate between nginx.com commercial site and customer support. They need to be integrated together.
  • I'd love to see more work done on nginx+ monitoring without requiring logging every request. I understand that many statistics can only be derived from logs, but plenty should work without that. Logging is not an option in many environments.
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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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Likelihood to Renew
F5
Great value for the product
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SUSE
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Usability
F5
Front end proxy and reverse proxy of Nginx is always useful. I always prefer to Nginx in overall usability when you have application server and database or multiple application servers and single database i.e. clustered application. Nginx provides really good features and flexibility which helps the system administrator in case of troubleshooting and also from the administration perspective. Also, Nginx doesn't delay any request because of internal performance issues.
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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
F5
Community support is great, and they've also had a presence at conferences. Overall, there is no shortage of documentation and community support. We're currently using it to serve up some WordPress sites, and configuring NGINX for this purpose is well documented.
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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
F5
No answers on this topic
SUSE
Third party training was fast but mostly unnecessary as we were already Unix trained and Linux familiar
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Alternatives Considered
F5
We have used Traffic, Apache, Google Cloud Load Balancing and other managed cloud-based load balancers. When it comes to scale and customization nothing beats Nginx. We selected Nginx over the others because
  • we have a large number of services and we can manage a single Nginx instance for all of them
  • we have high impact services and Nginx never breaks a sweat under load
  • individual services have special considerations and Nginx lets us configure each one uniquely
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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
F5
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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
F5
  • Nginx has decreased the burden of web server administration and maintenance, and we are spending less time on server issues than when we were using Apache.
  • Nginx has allowed more people in our company to get involved with configuring things on the web server, so there's no longer a single point of failure ("the Apache guy").
  • Nginx has given us the ability to handle a larger number of requests without scaling up in hardware quite so quickly.
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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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ScreenShots

NGINX Screenshots

Screenshot of Overview of the NGINX Application PlatformScreenshot of NGINX Controller - MonitoringScreenshot of NGINX Controller - Configuration