Tired of RedHat? Try SLES!
January 16, 2020

Tired of RedHat? Try SLES!

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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.
  • Immense stability.
SLES is comparable to RedHat, where both of them have massive customer loyalty in their own niche markets.
However, RedHat is much widely used, even though both of them are RPM-based. RedHat has the backing of the USA tech companies which just make them a giant compared to SLES. However, sometimes the application development is much easier in SLES compared to RedHat. Also if you are in the market for a very long term solution based on my experience I would say it is better to go for SLES.
They are pretty responsive and I would rate them better than support for RedHat.

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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.