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We performed a comparison between IBM PowerVM and Oracle VM VirtualBox based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Server Virtualization Software solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed IBM PowerVM vs. Oracle VM VirtualBox Report (Updated: January 2023).
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Pros
"The most valuable features in this solution are you do not get degradation in the performance like you could get in other solutions. There is a physical adapter that is better than a virtual one and you can assign adapters to a VM.""A valuable feature of PowerVM is a feature that is used for higher availability plus stream for posting, which is very useful. There's a flash copy feature which we are using. PowerVM itself, I know, helps us to control and manage our Oracle licensing compliance, since it is our hardware partitioning. This is very important. If you use VMware, there will be a licensing issue. This PowerVM is a hardware partitioner, which is very important for license compliance. We are happy with this solution.""It is a complete solution.""IBM PowerVM has the highest clock speed.""PowerVM's most valuable features include swift optimisation and real-time migration.""You can increase resources with it automatically.""It is a stable solution with reliable performance.""The most valuable feature of IBM PowerVM is the performance of the database workload."

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"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.""Technical support is good.""The solution has high performance and is easy to use.""Oracle VM VirtualBox is easy to use.""It's very simple to use.""The pause feature is valuable. I can pause, which is something that not all hypervisors allow. The snapshot feature is also valuable.""It is easy to use and does not require complex knowledge.""The installation is easy."

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Cons
"The licensing could be better.""The cost of this solution is high.""I don't know whether this has been trialed already, but IBM should give us an alert when we reach seven or eight failovers so that we can automatically switch it to manual mode. That would be great because if we cross the 10-day licensing limit, we have to pay a hefty license cost to Oracle. If IBM could view that feature, it would be helpful in license compliance.""A GUI version of VIOS would be a great plus for people moving from Intel-based hypervisors.""PowerVM's platform build and performance could be improved.""This solution is lacking the ability to have servers act as a cluster, such as in VMware. IBM has come out with a feature similar to VMware's vCenter but it is not as mature. They need to add LPM shared-nothing feature, such as in vMotion.""The solution should be advanced to fit with the container constantly.""The hardware licensing model could be improved because the licensing model is a bit different from the standard hardware procured."

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"The user interface needs to be improved.""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 AI and the UI could be improved. The user interface is a little outdated and the AI is not very attractive.""The installation is difficult and could be improved.""The solution could be more user-friendly.""Having live migrations to move a running server to other hardware would be great.""I find the solution to be incredibly unstable, constantly falling over and not working properly."

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  • "The license cost is bundled with IBM Power Systems as it is limited to RISC-based IBM systems only."
  • "IBM PowerVM costs more than other products but the customer does not need to pay additional money for the licenses. In VMware, you need to license everything. With IBM PowerVM it is unlimited and all-inclusive in the price you pay."
  • "The price of the solution could improve, it is expensive."
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  • "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:IBM Power hardware is designed to maximize I/O while still providing flexibility when it comes to virtualization. When running IBM Power hardware, vs another vendors hardware, the same hardware… more »
    Top Answer:Our primary use case for this solution is for coding systems and applications. IBM PowerVM has a separate market segment for systems and servers. It has Intel systems and Power Systems. Intel-based or… more »
    Top Answer:I would recommend this solution to others because of its stability. I rate IBM PowerVM a seven out of ten.
    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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    PowerVM
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    Overview
    Power is server virtualization without limits. Businesses are turning to PowerVM server virtualization to consolidate multiple workloads onto fewer systems, increasing server utilization and reducing cost. PowerVM provides a secure and scalable server virtualization environment for AIX, IBM i and Linux applications built upon the advanced RAS features and leading performance of the Power Systems platform.

    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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    Sample Customers
    Sto, Soitec, SNO, Bundesrechenzentrum GmbH, Al Mansour Holding, Baptist Health of Northeast Florida, Huhtamaki, ELK Group, IT-Informatik, Arkansas Tech University, Pneuhage
    Airbus, Colorado State University, SCS Africa, Wolf Medical Systems.
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm27%
    Consumer Goods Company18%
    Government18%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    University11%
    Government7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Government9%
    Educational Organization8%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise52%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise68%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business45%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise27%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM PowerVM vs. Oracle VM VirtualBox
    January 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM PowerVM vs. Oracle VM VirtualBox and other solutions. Updated: January 2023.
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    IBM PowerVM is ranked 8th in Server Virtualization Software with 10 reviews while Oracle VM VirtualBox is ranked 5th in Server Virtualization Software with 10 reviews. IBM PowerVM is rated 8.6, while Oracle VM VirtualBox is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of IBM PowerVM writes "Faster performance per core without increasing Oracle license compliance and better scalability ". 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". IBM PowerVM is most compared with VMware vSphere, Hyper-V, KVM, Proxmox VE and Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI), whereas Oracle VM VirtualBox is most compared with Proxmox VE, KVM, Hyper-V, Oracle VM and OpenVZ. See our IBM PowerVM vs. Oracle VM VirtualBox report.

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