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How to pick the best Linux server for business

Mar 17, 2012, 11:04 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"Red Hat has big business support down to a fine art, and it's easy to find certified technicians, administrators and engineers who know their way around RHEL. It's also supported on a wide variety of hardware. Whether you're running x86 servers on racks, blade servers, IBM POWER systems or mainframes, there's a RHEL for you. In short, Red Hat is the gold standard of business Linux.

"Is RHEL is too expensive for your taste? Well, you get what you pay for, but there are two other worthy business Linux distributions that deserve corporate attention. These are Oracle Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES).

"Oracle Linux is essentially a copycat version of RHEL. While I know a few people who prefer it to its parent distribution, most of the folks I know who've tried it find little to recommend it over RHEL. SLES, on the other hand, has a handy setup and administration tool, YaST, that I find very useful for setting up branch office-sized deployments."

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