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"The installation was straightforward.""I like that it's easy to use.""The support with Microsoft is great.""It has provided a good cost-saving from the management perspective.""The solution is highly stable.""The solution allows us to take advantage of our physical environment.""The initial setup was straightforward. It was easy to install.""It is stable."

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"Technical support is good.""It's a pretty good product in terms of monitoring.""The snapshot feature is very powerful; it protects us from disaster.""Oracle VM VirtualBox is easy to use.""The pause feature is valuable. I can pause, which is something that not all hypervisors allow. The snapshot feature is also valuable.""This product is very user-friendly and easy to use.""The solution is very convenient and easy to use.""The installation is easy."

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"We have our scientific network, and it's run off the university sever, and we need two servers to optimize our scientific work, such as the mathematics work. Then you have to work with Python and Java, and Microsoft isn't the best option for this kind of work""Disaster recovery capabilities are the primary choice for improvement.""The technical support is good but it could improve by being faster.""There needs to be more functionality overall in the Hyper-V manager.""In an upcoming release, they can improve by having better cloud integration. We are all moving towards the clouds and the integration is only through the Azure Stack, there should be tools built in to move the VMs natively to the cloud and infrastructure. Additionally, they could provide some form of multi-cloud integration.""One of the network problems I face is I cannot introduce other security layers on top of Hyper-V as you can in VMware. When it comes to the network the VMware is more flexible than Hyper-V.""I would like Microsoft to put more effort into the Admin Center interface and make it much easier. It is customizable, but you have to be a PowerShell expert to customize these things. That is a limitation.""The solution could improve by having virtual restore."

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"The AI and the UI could be improved. The user interface is a little outdated and the AI is not very attractive.""The memory and hardware usage could be a little bit lighter. Right now, it's quite heavy on the usage. The CPU usage should be lower.""The solution could be more user-friendly.""The installation is difficult and could be improved.""It has some issues when you have some weird device drivers. For instance, when you have a weird sound driver working on your machine, and the VirtualBox needs to output the sound of the virtual machine into the sound driver of the physical machine, the bare metal, it doesn't work too well. If you tweak lots of drivers and play around with the different kinds of drivers and machines, you will probably break something. I have not played with it too much and maybe it already supports it, but it would probably be good to have the ability to use a container from the virtual machine environment instead of spinning off a complete virtual machine. There are other tools for that. On Linux, you have a DXE, LXC framework, and you have Docker as well. Docker is good because it is multi-platform, and you can run Docker on pretty much anything, even different processors, but it would be good if we had a VirtualBox running on it while spinning off containers instead of full virtual machines. The other thing that will become important, and I'm pretty sure that they are thinking about it as well is that there's this new hardware platform that Apple is releasing, which is an ARM-based new chip. So, VirtualBox will probably have to work on ARM-based CPUs as well.""Oracle VM VirtualBox is not flexible, It's not like VMware.""It would be good if we could use Hyper-V Windows subsystems with Linux and VirtualBox on the same instance. Currently, to be able to use VirtualBox, we have to restart the machine into an instance of Windows where Hyper-V is disabled, which is understandably very inconvenient.""When I select the Ubuntu operating system from within the virtual machine, it sometimes hangs."

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  • "We previously used VMware, but we switched because Hyper-V is cheaper and delivers the same stability for less money."
  • "The licensing is good for a data center environment."
  • "Microsoft Hyper-V is not expensive and is easy to set up."
  • "This is a fairly expensive product because it balances the needs of security."
  • "If you have the standard edition of Windows server then with each copy of the operating system, you have two virtual machines for free."
  • "Because we're an NGO or a charity, we get discount rates from Microsoft. The costs are not astronomical for us. To give you an example, Office 2019 would only cost 30 or 45 for us. We tend to use the on-premises version rather than the cloud version. The reason is that the subscription service works out more expensive after a few years than the on-premise version. We're not worried about having the bleeding edge stuff. We just want it to be functional."
  • "Hyper-V is cost-effective and is a one-time purchase. Microsoft has multiple licensing options available, such as a subscription model and an outside purchase model that customers can choose as per their requirements."
  • "There is a license required for this solution. I would recommend purchasing the support."
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  • "It is pretty good for the price, which is free."
  • "This is an open-source product and it can be used free of charge."
  • "There are no licensing fees."
  • "The license I use is free."
  • "The solution is free."
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    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 »
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    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 »
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    The solution is highly stable.
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    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 »
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    Overview

    Hyper-V is a native hypervisor for x86-64 systems, enabling platform virtualization. It is a Microsoft product that comes in two forms. One form is Hyper-V as a standalone product, known as Hyper-V Server (Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 is the latest version). The other form is as a role to be installed in Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, or the x64 version of Window 8 Pro. No matter what form it takes, Hyper-V gives you the services and tools required to create a virtualized server environment.

    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 server.

    Some of the business benefits of installing Hyper-V include:

    • Create a private cloud environment or expand an existing one.
    • Optimize hardware utilization and minimize resource consumption by consolidating servers in the form of virtual machines on one physical host.
    • Improvement of business continuity.
    • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure creation or expansion.
    • Greater efficiency for test and development activities.

    Oracle VM Virtualbox is a cross-platform virtualizer for x86 servers and desktops, and is also for embedded usage. With this product, you can run multiple operating systems on a single machine, all at the same time, making it a powerful tool to test, develop, demonstrate and deploy solutions.

    Oracle VM Virtualbox is a professional solution that is also freely available as Open Source Software. It is for both enterprise and home use. This x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization software is high performing and rich in features. 

    Oracle VM Virtualbox currently runs on Windows, Linux, Solaris and Macintosh. It also supports many guest operating systems, such as Windows, DOX/Windows 3. Linux, OS/2, OpenBSD, Solaris and OpenSolaris.

    For more information on Oracle VM VirtualBox, visit Oracle.com

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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
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    Financial Services Firm19%
    Outsourcing Company12%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
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    Comms Service Provider39%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization4%
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    Financial Services Firm19%
    University12%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Aerospace/Defense Firm8%
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    Comms Service Provider39%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization5%
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    Small Business44%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise29%
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    Midsize Enterprise31%
    Large Enterprise29%
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    Hyper-V is ranked 4th in Server Virtualization Software with 38 reviews while Oracle VM VirtualBox is ranked 7th in Server Virtualization Software with 10 reviews. Hyper-V is rated 7.4, while Oracle VM VirtualBox is rated 7.6. 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 "A free and versatile open-source solution that supports multiple platforms and is easy to set up". Hyper-V is most compared with KVM, Proxmox VE, VMware vSphere, Citrix Hypervisor and Nutanix Acropolis AOS, whereas Oracle VM VirtualBox is most compared with KVM, Proxmox VE, VMware vSphere, Oracle VM and Citrix Hypervisor. See our Hyper-V vs. Oracle VM VirtualBox report.

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