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Open source platform for mission-critical computing

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Open source platform for mission-critical computing


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What do you like best?

Most secured frequent Errata updated and reliable operating system. Without any second thought we can give our suggestion to chose Red Hat. All the major applications in our environment is running with Red Hat and it is more secured. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The cost of the support is little high but the service is awesome.If we compare their level of support and cost, we can ignore the cost. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

We can definitely go with red Hat without any second thought. Their support is extremely knowledgeable and will get fast security updates with Red Hat. All the major applications in our environment is running under Red Hat , Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Server performance and uptime. We can use minimum resources and will get great server performance.All the major applications are running under Red Hat enterprise linux. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Systems Engineer
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The flexibility, security and simplicity of the linux operating system. Its flexible in how you have innumerable ways you can manage and manipulate it. You have access to a lower level of the OS code than you do with say windows. Its more intuitive at a deeper level than with windows. It has greater security just due to the fact that fewer coders write malicious software for linux. General home users use windows. Oh, and I forgot, IT'S FREE! You can pay for support but you have the choice. Uptime is better with Linux than Windows, updates require fewer reboots than with Windows. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There are a lot of applications that are written or optimized for windows from a end user-desktop perspective. So depending on usage, and requirements you may be better off using Windows/mac. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Determine what your use case is and how well supported the product(s) that you want to run are supported and their performance on a linux platform. If you want a very stable, secure and generally easy OS to maintain that has a very strong user base then RHEL is the way to go. I recommend it over all other linux flavors for most use cases. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Its our standard development and production platform. We run RHEL on all of our servers and have written all of our code to run on Linux. We are an enterprise software company so being able to choose which platforms we want to buy support for and which we do not is a great cost savings. We also have system engineers who are very proficient with linux and the cross-over between development and linux engineers is much closer than between developers and windows admins who are more gui oriented and less command line/script oriented. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

1. The Upstream is the reference and gold standard for Enterprise Linux worldwide

2. Prompt technical support

3. State-of-the-art install and deploy services and frameworks

4. Openstack and various Cloud OS supports

5. Prompt action to CVE's and excellent support for security patches Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

1. Expensive to license

2. Expensive to maintain especially for large clusters

3. Very conservative approach to kernel and driver package upgrades and updates

4. Lags behind on many bleeding edge features due to older kernels Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Go for RedHat with eyes closed! It's the true gold standard for Enterprise and Carrier grade Linux for large scale deployment and solutions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

1. Using RedHat as the reference Enterprise Linux distribution for clustering, deployment, system-roll-out

2. RedHat technical support ensures we are on top of the branch as far as security patches are concerned Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Freelance Programmer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

The main goal of this platform is security and stability. Another benefit is the long life of the distributive. After you set up your environment, you can forget about upgrades and migrations for at least 5 or even 10 years.

The system is well documented, you can find system admin easily because this system is defacto standard here in the US. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Included repositories are not covered all use cases. To install some missing packages you forced to use a 3rd party repository, I hate it because it makes potential vulnerability.

Admin training and admin certification are pricey, I would say. Employers asked about RHEL certificates, which makes a headache for the admins.

I believe admin certification should be much cheaper, loyal certified admins will propagate RHEL to all businesses they are served. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

So, RHEL very economically efficient choice. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a IT-support company we recommend RHEL to our clients for a wide range of tasks, mostly for standard business/office services such as an own email system, file share server, LDAP, Desktop OS.

RHEL support is a huge benefit to us because all customer issues can be directed to RH support service. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

It is Linux/Unix, so with regards to configuration, if you can imagine it and are a skilled Linux/Unix adminstrator, you can probably get creative make it happen. Or, if you're not a seasoned command-line user, the GUI is excellent for a junior-level administrator. Plus it is rock solid stable and efficient with computing resources.

Finally, Red Hat's support site and customer support are second to none. You get quick personalized attention when opening a case, and it's very easy to escalate a case in the web support portal (there's a button to click and escalate). Also, something I really like about their support portal is that as you type in your problem description, you get a Google-like search result list displayed showing possible relevant links to knowledgebase articles/solutions for your issue. In fact, I have solved some issues by this method and have ended up not needing to open a support case, after all. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Official documentation for a specific area is sometimes hard to find on Red Hat's web site and elsewhere. As stated above, one good way to find documentation is to "pretend" you are opening a support case, enter your problem description, and see what search results appear automatically. Unfortunately for me, a regular knowledgebase search on the site doesn't seem to be as productive with relevant results. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is our go-to Linux/Unix operating system. It has very wide adoption and is an enterprise-class OS these days. We run our hospital's Electronic Medical Record and other mission-critical applications on it. Since it runs on x86, it works great in a virtualized environment (VMWare ESX in our case). It is easy to create golden images and deploy over-and-over. Also, using Red Hat Satellite, it is easy to keep your environment updated with patches/software while keeping your servers invisible to the internet. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

rpm based distributive.

Open source

Distributive developed for the commercial clients.

RHEL server version support x86-64 architecture.

RHEL subscription is available for free on development purposes

Has academic and student additions for desktop and workstation machines. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

1 year RHEL subscription is not cheep.

You can get latest security pathing update only if you have the subscription enabled.

If you don't have active subscription you also can not upgrade to lates distributive version.

If you don't have active subscription you can not use RHEL forum and portal.

All based and linked on a subscription. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you want to discover and try red hat world.

RHEL8 is a good item to start your journey Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

server farm for database and mailflow solution..

Using for virtual machine on vmware hypervisor. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

Everything in RHEL is the best, its awesome Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Its difficult to point anything bad on RHEL Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are looking out for any Linux based OS, please feel free and go out for Redhat. It has so many things to offer at such a small asking. I mean the OS is free but the support is under licensing. And the Redhat support works like a charm. I have been continuously raising support cases with Redhat and the resolution offered by them seems decent and much better than other companies with the same products. Also, like said earlier, the Ansible automation platform offered by Redhat is worth mentioning along with the Openshift tool for app deployments at a very ease of access Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Everything, being an Linux Administrator RHEL is my bread and butter I must say. There are many advantages of RHEL but the most of which will be the simple CLI commands and also the relation with each releases they make. Also another big thing about RHEL will be its Support and the new toold tools that they are launching in the market. Openshift from redHat is an excellent tool when it comes to application deployments and also the fact that Redhat has Ansible bundled in it really aids the life of SysAdmins like me and i am sure a lot others who are in the same filed as mine! As always RedHat always lives upto your expectations and never really disappoints! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

RHEL is our primary operating systems that we implement in data centor for our organization. We generally use it for our database server and data server.

We reffer our customer to install Linux operating system host their application securely and safe protection. The server performance is getting well and no any abnormal high CPU and RAM utilization.When users prefer RHEL, it is typically the first or only Linux distribution that is compatible.

Linux distribution is supported by Red Hat for enterprise customers. RHEL is a solid server for some essential network services, such as NFS, DNS, SMTP, Apache, Tomcat, etc., in addition to running third-party applications Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Little bit har to upgrade the major versions.

Some hardaware compatibility with the server.

Cost is high for some licence.

Upgration quite tricky and we have to well prepare before dooing the activity Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

We are extremely waiting for RHEL8 . Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Main improvements is server response and it's performance that i have never got in other operating system.

The bar gaining in terms of security and given the security in each and every section of the operating system. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Cybersecurity Specialist
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Runs our high use servers flawlessly. Easy to repair. Stable OS. Releases security patches quickly.

Compatible with many third party applications. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Graphical Representation has to be more user friendly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are looking for Simple, Secure and Best Performance OS then Go for RHEL without a single thought. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Installation of various software and database servers. Used so many times for different POC. It's stable and secure, allow us to perform operations smoothly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Red Hat offers great support and their education and certificate options are second to none. The company has a rich history and thus far it appears as though IBM is going to allow them to continue without meddling. It appears that their entry into containerization is well thought out. I also liked the length of time they support their releases -- this is important if you don't need to kep on the bleeding edge of distributions and value stability over feature set. In this way you don't sacrifice security. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

We found that we were having to compile too much software that we could get pre-packaged using a debian/Ubuntu distribution. Support, while very good, did cost more than from Canonical. Automated patching was not easy or straightforward for us without significant work and customization. There are some specialized packages, especially dealing with image and pdf conversions, which are much easier to install and keep up to date on debain based operating systems. We found that this ease of updating was more important to us in many cases than the other benefits Red Hat provides. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Consider looking at containerization if it fits your use case. Look at specific packages you require and determine their availability on multiple platforms if you are not able to containerize. Support costs should be considered as well, of course. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have platforms which require a unix-like operating system to run. Red Hat provided that for us. We have not yet made the pivot to containerized workloads, however. Uptimes for our Red hat servers were much better on the whole than for those servers we ran on Windows. Where possible we opted to go with Linux based operating systems rather than Windows, for both cost and stability reasons. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

Red Hat Enterprise Linux gives a really great experience if one wants to work at the administrator level, controlling the operating system very closely. Many other operating systems provide great user experience but not many let you control them at the level that this operating system lets, at the administrator level, allows you configure so much.

One of the best thing is the support from the Red hat Community that you get, it compensates for so many other factors, one for example price.

If one wants to learn about the various OS features while being able to control so much of the OS, this is a great recommendation.

Kudos for Red Hat Community! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

One thing that can be considered a dislike could be the price. Apart from the price, there are some softwares that it does not support. Linux is a kernel whereas Red Hat is a distribution of that Kernel, so the size is comparatively large and thus compatibility is an issue in some cases. But there are other factors which nullify all of this. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have always had interest in Operating Systems and Linux kernels have always been better experiences for me than Windows OS or Mac OS having used both of them also.

Red Hat distribution provides much better security and salient networking features if I'm experimenting something, like network tunnels for example.

Being a programmer, it helps so much in understanding how the OS implements features and how operations are performed. Working with the help of Red Hat commands is a cherry on top, undoubtedly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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System Support Engineer
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

List of Services and functionalities protocols servers availability for approximately all third party platforms Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

RedHat Linux dislike are none but if you consider client and server OS, it is not user friendly comparatively other platforms like Microsoft Windows Platform. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

To deploy Oracle Application, SAP or other enterprise applications we should go for RedHat Enterprise Linux for best performance and availability of services. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is recommended if you plan to deploy servers in secure and fast results and for best performances of services across network and server platforms. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Cloud cum DevOps Engineer
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

redhat comes with great range of security sollutions and application hosting availability and most of ythe industry tools are supported by redhat. rhel 7 is updated with systemd and many other advanced OS level changes to improve the perfomance. in recent times redhat also started working on containerized solutions and environmemnts. it was rhel5 when oi started learning it first and it have grown alot and really came over the limitations it had in the past. overall redhat enterprise linux is one of the best linux distribution in industry.

overall a great OS solution Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

rhel is not a free and open source operation system. you always have to pay for the licence. when you are running rhel on cloud platforms it is a really great sollution but you will end up paying more then the required ammount. we would like rhel to reduce the licence fee in pendamic. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

when it comes to hosting tradiotional monolethic applications or running vdi sollution rhel is always the first choice in industry. i specificly love the passwordless authentication and security features provided by rhel. also the beenfits of usinga linux distribution on top of ther competetors in market is really huge in terms of customizing the sollution we are using and the type of devlopments in teh industry are available. we have solved many critical issues with Redhat enterprise linux sollutions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

Very robust and secured operating system. Can be used with GUI enabled. Paid users can get the most out of it. The SELinux security system is the best server-grade security system that I have found so far. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The repository is not very rich. The community also is not responsive and not rich. If any critical issue occurs, RedHat support is required. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

All the mail servers and the web servers are hosted in this operating system. This OS also supports virtualization. We use the ansible master server which is also developed by the creators of redhat. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

It is a multiplatform product, it has adequate support, it supports several critical level applications, it is a good option for the deployment of any application.

It is supported on various virtual and hardware platforms. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The cost of the product, and the complexity of implementing control tools, it is necessary to have advanced knowledge to carry out a correct deployment of some fairly complex application. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Consider other alternatives to the Linux distribution, since there are others on the market that provide better service at the level of support and product. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Server deployment and control for the distribution of security patches. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Opensource,Fast , Good Security,Easy,compaitable with almost all applications. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

In my opinion their is no dislike of Redhat. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

As an Server / system Admin if you have interest on CLI then differently Redhat is solving your problem. If you are a GUI Lover then it is challenging to you work in redhat. But it completely depends upon your interest. For me i would strongly suggest to everyone move to redhat . Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Use following to help my company i.e. Apache, BashScripting,Docker,Selinux,ACL,IPTables,Samba,NFS. Also helpful when use Docker in linux OS. Redhat is consuming less system resource resulting better application performance. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Sr. Engineer
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Red Hat Data Services

Red Hat Virtualization

Red Hat Directory Server

Red Hat Certificate System

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform

Any other software available as an RPM Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I see it pretty often, people discussing Linux servers and people start hating on RPM-based Linux distributions like RHEL or CentOS. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

More GUI Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I Have solved DNS issues. Our companies email are facing problems Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Command are easy and very customized with a wide range of options. We can get what we want easily.

Based on the output it can be redirected to any file.

Secure and manageable.

Easy access and free.

Open source software Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Help options and error codes. Also the view can be improved in gui. And rhel 7 security and se linux can be more user friendly Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Yes I surely recommend red hat enterprise Linux of version 7 or 6.5 to others Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Deploying servers and automation solutions across the regions on the rhel os remotely. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Genesys Counsultant
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

Simple drag and drop, no installation is required Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Some commands are very difficult and needs expert level knowledge Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Yes Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Everything is done on rhel Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Cpu memory usages very good, don't have package issue, also very good working with your application Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It's little bit experience, leseance and package download subscription little bit expensive Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My web application working perfectly with red hat Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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IT Specialist
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The great support you receive from IBM/Redhat. Also this OS is the best to work with in the enterprise Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The downside it would be the support cost, even if it's great support is a little bit expensive Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Get a well trained admin to support the OS Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm hosting most of my servers in Redhat and the performance is great. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Project IT Deployment Lead
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)