SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server


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The SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is distribution of the Linux operating system originally developed in Germany.

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What is SUSE Linux Enterprise Server?

The SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is distribution of the Linux operating system originally developed in Germany.

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What is SUSE Linux Enterprise Server?

The SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is distribution of the Linux operating system originally developed in Germany.

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Naveen Kumar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We have several types of application from SAP which all relies on SLES to run properly. Also these application runs in all kind of environment be it in Azure, AWS, GCP, Alibaba, IBM Cloud, Bare Metal servers, etc. SUSE OS is providing specialized OS for SAP and also easy utilities to manage SAP application by applying SAP notes using Saptune utility.
  • Enhance documentation for more and more problems in their knowledge base
SUSE is well suited to handle different types of CPU architecture like Intel and IBM Power. It's support and dedication towards SAP application is also recommendable.
Score 10 out of 10
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We use SUSE as the primary platform for all services capable of being provided from Linux. This ranges from network services (DNS, DHCP, etc), an EHR (eClinicalWorks), a Curriculum Management System (Elentra), and everything in between. While deciding on a standard product for a stable, enterprise-supported, secure Linux platform that is cost-effective, SUSE stood out as the best option.
  • 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.
I would recommend using SUSE in any scenario where you need an enterprise Linux platform as long as the service/application being hosted can be supported on SUSE.
Score 10 out of 10
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We're running our SAP application servers and Hana databases exclusively on Suse products. Our application servers on SLES, our Hana databases on SLES for SAP. So far, I've been impressed by the ease of use of Suse products. The documentation from Suse and SAP covered almost every problem I ran into so far, and the few problems I wasn't able to solve were promptly handled by suse support.
  • 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
Suse is very well suited for running sap workloads. It has never failed us so far, the package selection and documentation make it very easy to set up our servers and run our workloads without any hiccups. As I personally see it, Suse is an enterprise Linux distribution, it is best suited for supported industry applications. It might be less suited for running open-source (unsupported) applications
Score 6 out of 10
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So, it all started with a customer requirement and eventually it has made into our own build and test systems. Currently just being used by a couple of people in the organization, since it has much more influence over in the European Union. It is a stable version of SUSE, which is based on RPM and hence all the rpm packages are supported on this OS, which just gives you access to thousands of RPM packages.
  • Stability.
  • Zypper (their installation wrapper) is a very well written tool.
  • Updates server sometimes are slow.
  • Limited official supported package repositories.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server(SLES) is definitely a comparable choice to RedHat considering the cost benefits that we have here. It is well suited for production enterprise systems. It has almost a 13-year lifecycle which makes it a reliable choice for the long term players in the market. Try things with SUSE opensource and then port to SLES, which basically gives you a testing ground to mess things up and not cause any harm.
They are pretty responsive and I would rate them better than support for RedHat.
Score 10 out of 10
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SLES is the most deployed Linux distribution in our company. It is very well supported by SAP and it is used with Oracle, DB2 and other database deployments. It is very consistent, upgrade-able, very well supported, and it runs well on both Power and x86 platforms. it provides a great platform in which to run SAP and other business applications.
  • 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.
Any type of SAP installation, especially in Power 9 scenarios. Even with the IBM acquisition, it is going to take some time for Redhat to catch up. It is currently the de-facto OS for SAP workloads on Power (we currently use it exclusively on this scenario).
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.
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.
Mike Lester Rosales | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Suse Linux Enterprise is being used as our main Operating System for our most critical business application which is our SAP ECC Suite running on SAP HANA. We decided to go with the Suse option for our brand new servers, being it the most popular among businesses, but also because of the great reviews I have read. Suse has been installed on a bare metal and virtual server and it runs very smoothly on both. Our transactional speeds have been off the charts and we can't be more satisfied with the performance that our new servers running on Suse Linux have brought to the organization.
  • 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.
Suse Linux Enterprise would be the perfect operating system for any critical business system application like SAP HANA. Linux is really awesome for server and beats the Windows servers in terms of the overall value, cost, and features. It would be perfect for any size business and should definitely be in the shortlist of operating system for just about any business critical system.
Score 7 out of 10
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Some of our Cisco servers (rebranded SuperMicro's) use SUSE Linux for a video surveillance system we've been running for the past 5 years. By using SUSE Linux, we are able to escape the clutches of Microsoft and have great performance and uptimes. Getting the systems set up with SUSE Linux was simple thanks to their installer which differs from other distributions in how finely it can be tuned and configured for your exact needs right off the bat.
  • 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.
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.
Amanda Decker | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We are using Suse Linux on several of our virtual machines. It is supporting the virtual layer that hosts our application and web servers. It's easy to install and configure. We were not a fan of Suse Linux a few years back, but now Suse Linux has reached a level where it is officially supported by lots of vendors. For example, Oracle Database was officially supported only on RHEL and Oracle Linux. It is also now supported on Suse Linux.

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.
Suse Linux is specifically designed for enterprise servers, mainframes, and workstations. You can also install it on desktop computers for personal use. It is well suited in an environment where you have large scale implementation of Linux. Applying security patches or installing packages across systems is very easy.
Carlos Daniel Casañas Bertolo ஃ | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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
SLES proved to be a very extendable product, supporting most, if not all of our infrastructure. The major reason I chose to use the product was the extensive enterprise peripheral support. Out-of-the-box SLES supported all of our HBAs and hardware specific components.
Any company looking to standardize on a Linux platform should seriously review this product. It has served me well for many years.