SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z vs. competitors

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z is the market-leading Linux operating system for IBM System z for some good reasons.

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Security Approach: Integration with RACF, ACF2, TopSecret, AD, AppArmor Security Framework, SELinux SLES has a simpler, more pragmatic approach SELinux
Management Simplicity: YaST / WebYaST, Starter System Integrated management tools are unique to SLES No
Package Management Zypp provides for fast and easy package management YUM
High Availability Included Complete HA stack included at no additional cost High Availability Add-on for Red Hat Enterprise Linux not available for System z
MS Interop / .NET Support Microsoft recommends SLES, Mono supports .NET on System z No
SAP SAP recommends SLES, Special support SKU Certified
Common Code Base Consistency across all architectures Not traceable
Market Share Clear market-share leader for Linux on System z, according to market analysis
~80%
SAP recommends SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
~20%