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Executive Summary
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: May 2022).
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Pros
"The initial setup was straightforward. It was easy to install.""There are two very good things about this product including licensing and stability.""The initial setup of Hyper-V is far easier than VMware.""I like that it's easy to use.""The solution is very powerful, easy to use, user-friendly, and integrates well with Windows. If you are looking for a hundred percent Microsoft environment it would be a good idea to go with Hyper-V. They work wonderfully together.""It is stable.""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 initial setup was very easy."

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"It's a pretty good product in terms of monitoring.""The solution is very convenient and easy to use.""The good thing is that it is multi-platform. Once you create a virtual machine in one particular environment, you can switch over to see if you can run it in other environments. For example, if you are on Windows and you create this virtual machine, you can actually go ahead and change the operating system. You can switch it over to Linux or Mac OS and see if you can run the VirtualBox on those particular machines. It even runs on some of the commercial operating systems that are not mainstream, such as Solaris and BSD. These kinds of operating systems are also supported by VirtualBox. The other thing that is good about VirtualBox is that it is open source. So, if you need to do any modifications for your own purposes, you can just download the source, modify it, and deploy it in your environment. It is pretty good and very versatile. You can create and manipulate virtual machines from the command line, which is also very important. It's something that some other products on the desktop side do not have. VMware Fusion and Parallels Desktop don't have a good command-line interface to create and manipulate virtual machines, whereas VirtualBox has it out of the box, which is pretty good.""The solution has high performance and 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.""Oracle VM VirtualBox is easy to use.""It's very simple to use.""Oracle VM Virtualbox is easy to use and does not require much training."

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Cons
"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 technical support is good but it could improve by being faster.""Hyper-V could benefit with improvements to their management interface.""The solution could improve by having virtual restore.""If a person has never implemented the solution before, they might find the process difficult.""It would be nice if they provided a free management console that we could use to manage all of the hosts for no additional fee.""There is a problem with high-availability if the load is too high.""Failure capabilities are insufficient for disaster recovery."

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"The solution could be more user-friendly.""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.""The user interface needs to be improved.""There are a few bugs that need to be updated.""The installation is difficult and could be improved.""The AI and the UI could be improved. The user interface is a little outdated and the AI is not very attractive.""Having live migrations to move a running server to other hardware would be great."

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  • "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."
  • "There is a perpetual license to use the solution and there are additional fees for 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."
  • "No licensing is required as it is open-source."
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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 stable and the cost is reasonable.
    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:We're still dealing with POCs. In the future, if it works okay, we'll try it in a larger environment.
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    Overview

    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 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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    Financial Services Firm18%
    Outsourcing Company11%
    Manufacturing Company9%
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    Comms Service Provider35%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government8%
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    University12%
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    Hyper-V is ranked 3rd in Server Virtualization Software with 43 reviews while Oracle VM VirtualBox is ranked 5th in Server Virtualization Software with 14 reviews. Hyper-V is rated 7.4, while Oracle VM VirtualBox is rated 7.8. 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 Proxmox VE, VMware vSphere, KVM, VMware Workstation and Citrix Hypervisor, whereas Oracle VM VirtualBox is most compared with KVM, Proxmox VE, VMware vSphere, Oracle VM and VMware Workstation. See our Hyper-V vs. Oracle VM VirtualBox report.

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