I have been using the product for several years now. I have been very satisfied with it and the way it has integrated into many of the …
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- Enhance documentation for more and more problems in their knowledge base
- Provides a stable Linux platform.
- Follows Linux standards better than most.
- Provides Enterprise supported products.
- 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.
- the learning curve and setup time are very reasonable
- the support engineers are fast, friendly, polite and know what they're doing
- the quality of the documentation is very high
- sometimes it takes too long for new versions of packages to appear in SUSE's repositories
- some open-source solutions that are valuable don't end up in the official repo at all (but you can install them from the OpenSUSE repo)
- sometimes niche topics aren't covered in the documentation
- Zypper (their installation wrapper) is a very well written tool.
- Updates server sometimes are slow.
- Limited official supported package repositories.
- 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.
- Support is very good for well-known issues, but anything esoteric issues might require constant escalation to arrive at a resolution.
- Cost can an issue at higher levels of support.
- Yast (the gui management tool) is great for some tasks, but very cumbersome for many others.
It's suited any time where being able to upgrade the OS from one version to the next is critical. We've done upgrades without major issues from SLES 11 to SLES 12 in a very straightforward manner.
Most popular packages are present, and it has a consistent package base. The basic patch deployment tool is included as well. Cost can be an issue at higher levels of support, and you cannot mix support levels. SLES for SAP comes at a premium cost.
If the issue is an uncommon one, you will have a bit of a time trying to escalate to support.
Yast is cumbersome at times; great at some tasks, horrible for others.
- When it comes to ease of using / administration of Suse Linux, we found the learning curve to be very small, coming in from a Windows environment. We were able to handle our admin tasks quite well and without any interruption.
- Response times of our server has also improved moving from an older Windows setup to the Suse Linux environment. We have not experienced bottlenecks in terms of performance of our SAP HANA and we can quickly run long running statements 300x faster with the help of Suse Linux and SAP HANA.
- Finally, we observed that Suse Linux has more security features out of the box that what we had from our Windows setup. There's lots of great content available online for us to learn more about Suse Linux and how to implement it.
- Our team just noticed that there are some issues we have on sharing of folders files between our CentOS and Suse Linux. The files on the shared folder have their permissions by default not available even for opening/reading even if the configuration was to give access to certain users.
- I just wished Suse Linux had a control panel feature out of the box which enables my team to administer the entire server via the web browser, instead of installing a 3rd party add-on like Webmin.
- As with any Linux distro available, GUI is still not as par with Windows server counterparts so part of the learning curve is navigating through the entire system, especially with the administration tools.
- Updates (security/bug fix/features) are regularly delivered and can be counted on to mitigate active exploits.
- It's one of the only commercial Linux distributions that support BTRFS as a native filesystem.
- Hardware support is a step above other comparable distributions.
- Similar to RedHat with its Fedora distribution, SUSE Linux also offers the OpenSUSE distribution that features technologies that may appear in SUSE Linux in future releases.
- Not related to the distribution, but to the company, the website can be confusing when one wants to simply open a tech support case.
- I wish they offered a full-featured virtual machine infrastructure configuration that was as easy to install and set up like their main installer is.
- While the configuration modules are very comprehensive, it may not be clear what valid entries should be without having to hunt for documentation that coincides with the particular version of SUSE Linux you're running.
Our implementation of Suse Linux was smooth. We configured a template for our organizational needs and then used it to deploy on multiple machines. The Auto YaST package makes automated installation convenient.
- It can be installed on Enterprise Servers, Mainframes, Workstations as well as desktop computers.
- If you are using Oracle Database, Orarun Suse Package makes your Oracle Database deployment very easy.
- We also loved the pricing model offered by Suse Linux.
- I haven't really faced problems with Suse Linux. But one of our applications generates Excel and Word doc reports on the server. We had a little challenge making it work on Suse Linux, as Suse Linux doesn't support Windows utilities directly.
I have been using the product for several years now. I have been very satisfied with it and the way it has integrated into many of the solutions that we have placed in service. Suse Linux (SLES) is a mature, solid Linux offering. I recommend that companies, which have not reviewed its potential, take a second look.
The Oracle database and application server, and the Orarun SuSE package made deploying those products so easy. It even allowed us to move most of the Oracle software configuration effort away from us to DBAs and application support personnel.
I do not know if YaST or Orarun made the most impact in our organization. Both made life a lot easier. YaST just made administration a breeze.
- YaST just made administration a breeze.
- Upgrade process has progressed to be very easy and seamless.
- The SDK and HA software extensions are really good.
- A more friendly SELinux frontend
Any company looking to standardize on a Linux platform should seriously review this product. It has served me well for many years.