Hyper-V vs Oracle VM VirtualBox comparison

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Updated on May 12, 2022

We performed a comparison between Hyper V and Oracle VM Virtual Box based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Users of both of these solutions tell us they are straightforward and easy to install.
  • Features: Hyper-V is a Microsoft product so it works seamlessly with all Microsoft products, and integrates very well with other solutions. The Hyper-V is a great end-to-end solution that has an amazing failover feature. Some of our users tell us Hyper-V can have some stability issues; your stack can become bloated very easily. If you are looking to scale up or down you will need to purchase the data center license, which can be costly.

    Oracle VM Virtual Box users like that the solution is multi-platform. Once you create a virtual machine in one environment, you can easily switch over to see how it will run in other situations. Other valued features are the pause and snapshot features. Users feel the memory and hardware are too heavy; CPU usage should be lower
  • Pricing: Hyper-V users are satisfied with the pricing and licensing structure. Oracle VM Virtual Box is open source, so there is no cost.
  • Service and Support: Users of both solutions are satisfied with the service and response they have received.

Comparison Results:

Our users like Hyper-V best. Many of our users are deeply committed to the Microsoft ecosystem, so it is an excellent seamless fit. Additionally, users find the failover feature very important and, as Hyper-V is not a heavy solution, it does not overuse resources. Hyper-V makes it easy to move any virtual machine across push servers without complication. Finally, Hyper-V is very easy to manage and offers great performance.

To learn more, read our detailed Hyper-V vs. Oracle VM VirtualBox Report (Updated: September 2023).
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"The ease of use of Hyper-V is the most valuable feature.""The solution is very user-friendly.""The solution has good scalability.""The virtual SAN feature is helpful.""The initial setup is simple. There's not much to do. We input one command or just one or two clicks on the UI. Initial setup in the Windows environment for any software is not that difficult.""The most valuable feature of Hyper-V is that it's very intuitive.""The restore function of the virtual server is valuable to me.""I like that Hyper-V comes for free with Windows Server. You don't need to buy the license, and you only have to pay for the management aspect in System Center."

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"Oracle VM Virtualbox is easy to use and does not require much training.""The solution has high performance and is easy to use.""The product gives us the flexibility to try different machines.""I like that it is free and runs on Linux/Ubuntu - I wouldn't use any other solution. I am able to perform small developing tests.""I like that Oracle VM is safe and stable. It is also very easy to administer. For example, opening a VM or adding a host adapter is extremely easy.""The installation is easy.""The most valuable feature of the solution is that there is no cost because it is open source.""The versatility, simplicity, and stability of the product are it's most valuable features."

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"We would like to have a cloning function added to this product.""We'd like a template feature to help deploy VMs quickly.""If I want to create a cluster of around five to 10 physical servers Hyper-V does not get integrated with any kind of virtual sense, such as vSense.""Failure capabilities are insufficient for disaster recovery.""The solution is lacking in numerous features and lacks flexibility.""I have found it difficult to manage more than one virtual machine.""Some of the interfaces need improvements, like the virtual switch or virtual VLAN interfaces.""VLAN is not very easy to configure."

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"The solution could be more user-friendly.""Basically, the GUI and command-line interface need improvement.""I find the solution to be incredibly unstable, constantly falling over and not working properly.""The user interface needs to be improved.""The installation is difficult and could be improved.""There are a few bugs that need to be updated.""The solution is not flexible.""Oracle’s support team should improve its response time."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I think I'm okay with the cost. There are no monthly or yearly costs or additional costs."
  • "I recommend Hyper-V to customers with budget constraints."
  • "The licensing costs depend on the environment you have. If you have an environment of less than 10 or 30 VMs, It's nice to have a Hyper-V, but if you have more than 100 or 200, I would recommend using VCenter, VMware virtualization, especially for an on-premise solution."
  • "Hyper-V is more cost-effective for the size of our business One of the Hyper-V's biggest advantages over VMware is the cost. We are a small business, so Hyper-V allowed us to virtualize everything we need without breaking the bank."
  • "Licensing needs to be a lot easier to manage with Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware is easier."
  • "Hyper-V is free when you buy Windows Server. You only have to pay for engaging in the management aspect in System Center."
  • "There is a license to use this solution and it is an annual purchase."
  • "Hyper-V is free-of-charge."
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  • "The license I use is free."
  • "The solution is free."
  • "No licensing is required as it is open-source."
  • "Price wise, Oracle VM VirtualBox is a six on a scale from one to ten."
  • "It is an open-source solution."
  • "Oracle should consider reducing the cost of the product."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:KVM is better. But let's just look at the software instead of judging. Hyper-V was a free solution from Microsoft to virtualize Server or Client OS as it is a feature on Windows Server since 2008… more »
    Top Answer:One of the best things about Proxmox VE is that it is open-source and very inexpensive. You get all of the same features as with the more well-known products. Proxmox VE is very easy to deploy - it… more »
    Top Answer:The solution is highly scalable.
    Top Answer:KVM is easy to use, stable and flexible. It is mature and very fast. It is an affordable open-source solution that is easy to set up and manage. It offers very good security. It has a virtual manager… more »
    Top Answer:The versatility, simplicity, and stability of the product are it's most valuable features.
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    Hyper-V is a hardware virtualization tool that allows users to create virtual computer environments with multiple operating systems on a single physical server. Each virtual machine has computer parts, such as memory, processor, storage, and networking, and acts like a standard computer - running its own operating system and software programs. Each component of the virtual machine can be configured to meet your specific requirements.

    Hyper-V creates a cost-effective, stable, and productive server virtualization environment by running multiple operating systems, such as Windows, Linux, and more, in parallel on one machine or server. Each virtual machine runs in its own isolated space, which means you can run many virtual machines simultaneously but independently of each other. This helps prevent problems such as a crash affecting the other workloads and enables different users to separately access various systems.

    Benefits of Hyper-V

    • Simplify application testing: With Hyper-V you can easily add and remove operating systems from your virtual machines, enabling you to run and test your applications on each of them all from one single computer.

    • Minimize resource usage and scalability: Virtual machines are easier to manage than physical hardware and less expensive. You can also maximize your server use by allocating its resources more efficiently than you can with physical hardware alone.

    Hyper-V key features:.

    • Replication and migration: Hyper-V can replicate virtual machines for backups onto different sites. Hyper-V also provides a migration tool for moving a virtual machine from one Hyper-V host to another without causing any downtime.

    • Remote connection: Hyper-V’s remote connectivity tool allows administrators to remotely access a virtual machine.

    • Security: Hyper-V keeps virtual machines secure from malware attacks, unauthorized access, and data breaching attempts.

     Reviews from Real Users

    Hyper-V stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Several major ones are its flexibility, its replication capabilities, and the fact that its virtual machines utilize a small amount of resources..

    Liam L., the owner of a tech services company, writes, “It is actually very low on resources. It doesn't use many resources. It is also very easy to tailor. You can change things like the amount of memory and storage on the fly. It is very stable and reliable. I like its replication feature, which is very good. It is also very easy to move the virtual machines across push servers without any difficulty. Its performance is also very good. Now with this pandemic, a lot of workers are working from home. A lot of workers have been using laptops as their desktop computers, and they would remote into a virtual PC. There is no difficulty, and they can't tell the difference between this and the real one. It is much easier to manage.”

    Kevin E. an IT director at Homeland Technology Group, LLC, notes, “We've probably seen a 50 percent speed increase on our SQL server. Hyper-V has also significantly reduced our downtimes with faster boot-up and reboot. If we have to reboot a server, there is maybe two or three minutes of downtime. When we were on a bare-metal server, it could be five to ten minutes due to the total boot time.”

    Oracle VM VirtualBox is a robust AMD64/Intel64 and x86 next-generation virtualization solution that functions well for home use and is also powerful enough to handle the needs of a busy enterprise organization. This professional solution is open source and provides super-fast high performance in addition to many outstanding value-added features. VirtualBox functions effectively on Windows, macOS, Solaris, Linux, and more. Users can benefit from VirtualBox's dedication to continually developing the product and providing continual progressive updates and releases. The solution is supported by a trusted dedicated professional community and is backed by Oracle, which guarantees that the product is able to consistently meet and exceed quality controls and protocols at all times.

    Oracle VM VirtualBox Features

    Oracle VM Virtual Box provides many value-added features.  Some of these features include:

    • Consolidation: Oracle VM VirtualBox makes it easy for users to seamlessly run numerous virtual machines on a small number of hosts and will also facilitate comprehensive balancing of the loads between VMs. This helps to minimize and consolidate the hardware needed throughout the organization.
    • Diagnostics: VirtualBox provides excellent testing and disaster recovery. Users can use the virtual hard disk like a container. This container can be copied, frozen, backed up, or transported between hosts. Using the virtual machines (VMs), users can easily test multi-node network services for any networking, software configuration, or operating system issues.
    • Snapshots: Using snapshots, users are able to save or freeze a specific state of a VM and choose to revert back to the protected state if/when they desire. Users are able to make changes or experiment within the computing space. Should a problem arise, users can revert back to the selected snapshot; this makes the need for frequent backups and restores unnecessary.
    • Flexibility: The solution makes it easy to run different operating systems (OSes) at the same time. Users can run software designed for one OS on another OS. For example, users can easily run Windows on a MAC and not have to perform a reboot. As users can configure the kinds of virtual hardware to be presented with each OS, there is greater flexibility on which OS can be selected, and users can even choose older OSes or ones that are not currently supported by the original OS.
    • Cost-effective: Virtualization with Oracle VM VirtualBox enables users to considerably minimize overall costs by reducing the amount of hardware needed and the associated expenses of running the physical machines throughout an organization. This tremendous cost savings results in ROI being achieved in a very short period of time.

    Reviews from Real Users

    “Oracle VM VirtualBox is easy to use and does not require much training. It uses fewer resources. Teams using new operating system releases can quickly test and implement. This would make the development of new software releases faster and easier. It also helps users to write the program, test, and support it on multiple platforms. It has a good community as it is open-source.” - Satishbabu G., Oracle ACE

    “It is easy to use and does not require complex knowledge. It uses less resources, which is a requirement as it is used to onboard hardware with very little resources available.” - A PeerSpot user who is an IT Architect - AI at CGI

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    Large customer base from all industries, all over the world. Two major Hyper-V customers are Telefonica and EmpireCLS.
    Airbus, Colorado State University, SCS Africa, Wolf Medical Systems.
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Outsourcing Company9%
    Energy/Utilities Company9%
    Educational Organization29%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Educational Organization8%
    Company Size
    Small Business48%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise27%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise37%
    Large Enterprise43%
    Small Business48%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise25%
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Buyer's Guide
    Hyper-V vs. Oracle VM VirtualBox
    September 2023
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    Hyper-V is ranked 3rd in Server Virtualization Software with 38 reviews while Oracle VM VirtualBox is ranked 5th in Server Virtualization Software with 13 reviews. Hyper-V is rated 7.6, while Oracle VM VirtualBox is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Hyper-V writes "It's a low-cost solution that enabled us to shrink everything down into a single server ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Oracle VM VirtualBox writes "Easy to set up with good data protection and a free version of the product". Hyper-V is most compared with VMware vSphere, VMware Workstation, Proxmox VE, KVM and Citrix Hypervisor, whereas Oracle VM VirtualBox is most compared with Proxmox VE, KVM, Oracle VM, VMware Workstation and VMware vSphere. See our Hyper-V vs. Oracle VM VirtualBox report.

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