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Likelihood to Recommend

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.
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)

In our current configuration, Red Hat works well as legacy-centric OS: not running virtualization, but offering bare-metal testing of services and software. For example, being able to run a legacy version of Red Hat can give you access to tool-chains (compilers, assemblers, etc) that are not available today (because as tech moved on, they became broken), and having that ability works well. Also- our server is a single-core, dual processor unit, with 8GB/1GB stick RAM, and 500 GB HD (all low-end specs, now), and Red Hat (v19) booted with no problems, and even booted back up on its HD as a rescue environment.
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Pros

Oracle Solaris

  • Live update for patching in conjunction with the package management functions. This ability to rollback is very convenient.
  • dTrace
  • Built in compliance testing.
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)

  • Stability
  • Admin workflows
  • Will boot on hardware that other systems may not boot on (especially on legacy systems)
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Cons

Oracle Solaris

  • It seems that Solaris is becoming an afterthought at Oracle.
  • Oracle should be more vocal in their commitment to Solaris
  • Support Costs
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)

  • While some of the other Linux distributions like OpenSuse have greatly improved user experience and GUI, I think RHEL mostly prefers terminal over GUI.
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Usability

Oracle Solaris

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)

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RHEL has most of the features that are required by an ERP solution. If you need any additional packages, RHEL has a great repository and a very easy package installation/upgrade process.
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Alternatives Considered

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.
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)

For our particular environment, Red Hat worked extremely well due to its orientation towards a server/professional environment. Distros such as Ubuntu (yes, even server)-which are based on Debian- tend to have issues with open/non-open software, and this can create issues with stability, accessibility and dependencies. In addition, Red Hat is making moves (as a corporation) towards meeting the needs of the current server market, making the company and it's offering an attractive offer for server/test environments.
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Return on Investment

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.
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)

  • RHEL has been very resource efficient solution for our infrastructure.
  • The OS patching process is quite smooth, especially if you use utilities like Katello to patch RHEL in bulk. This has been quite helpful since we have only 2 system administrators who are taking care of quarterly patching of more than 200 servers running RHEL.
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Pricing Details

Oracle Solaris

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)

General

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