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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)

If you are an organization that isn't locked into the environment of other operating system makers, then RHEL should be your very next stop. Administration is getting advanced as time goes by which makes that comparable to the point and click that most admins are crutched by. Scripting has always been the go-to method of administering Linux systems and even Microsoft is starting to really get it in gear with their PowerShell features.
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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)

  • Support for multiple shell environments. It supports most of the popular shell environments and lets you create shell scripts for your backend tasks.
  • It comes with nice out of the box features for OS level performance monitoring and troubleshooting.
  • RHEL has a great support forum. If you ever need technical help, the forum is extremely useful.
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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 the command line installation runs well, the desktop GUI tends to be resource intensive at times
  • The GUI based install menu does not scale well at times resulting in some menu options spilling offscreen
  • By default a menu based network manager should be included, from my experience particularly with the minimal install, this was not the case resulting in me editing the configuration file directly. Additionally, network tools should also be installed by default.
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Usability

Oracle Solaris

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 9.0
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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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Support

Oracle Solaris

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8.5
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Good experiences and quick response should we need to use the support service.
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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)

Windows Server's are perfect competition for RHEL as many people use Windows Servers for deploying their applications. Windows provides good GUI but it lacks in many aspects in which RHEL is a win-win. As earlier mentioned, the performance of RHEL is unbeatable cannot be compared with the performance of any OS. Also, Windows is not that secure which also compromises the security of you applications which a major concern in today's world.
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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)

  • Expensive support costs but well worth it so ROI is high in terms of level of upkeep
  • No negative impact per se but for my personal testing labs I use CentOS instead of this to avoid high costs for penetration testing purposes.
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Pricing Details

Oracle Solaris

General

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

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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