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"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 snapshot feature is very powerful; it protects us from disaster.""It's a pretty good product in terms of monitoring.""The solution is very convenient and easy to use.""The installation is easy.""Technical support is good.""This product is very user-friendly and 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."

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"VMware vSphere is user friendly. It is scalable and stable.""The documentation is very good.""Stability and scalability are the most valuable features of this solution.""The solution is easy to use, user-friendly interface and has high availability features. When comparing it to other solutions it is more robust.""I have found the solution to be flexible, and the vCenter and vMotion useful.""The virtualization, the remote management user interface, and the web console are most valuable.""It is very versatile. All features are beneficial and very good, especially DRS and resource pooling.""I have found the Storage vMotion feature to be the most valuable."

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"Oracle VM VirtualBox is not flexible, It's not like VMware.""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.""The installation is difficult and could be improved.""The solution needs to improve the methods used for starting and stopping the machine.""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 solution could be more user-friendly.""I find the solution to be incredibly unstable, constantly falling over and not working properly.""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."

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"The biggest room for improvement would be just simplicity. It is very intuitive, but it needs somebody with a lot of IT background.""Pricing is starting to get a little high-end.""The licensing costs for the solution are quite high.""The solution should offer more integration capabilities.""The reporting could be improved.""Sometimes it's impossible to prevent problems from happening. With vSphere, you never know where the problem is going to come from, but you will always know that there is a problem. This is the problem.""The only way for it to be a complete product is if you integrate all the functionalities. Then you don't need any backup solution anymore and you can do it by yourself. Integration needs improvement. They should improve a lot of the functionality because normally it's half of a product. You're only protecting yourself against technical failures but not against any cyber threats or any other stuff.""We'd always like to see the price drop, but I realize that may not be realistic."

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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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  • "The license of VMware is a one-time payment and you can continue to enroll in support for troubleshooting and also administer the licenses."
  • "Do not buy based on price alone. Many of my customers chose the lowest cost option only to discover that the additional funds needed to access even a few more features would have been money well spent. Likewise, if you are going to spend more money on additional features, then have a plan to actually deploy and integrate those features into your infrastructure. Many customers never take full advantage of the many features that they are paying for and that can be avoided by being proactive in developing your overall vision for the infrastructure."
  • "You will find the cost is reasonably cheaper."
  • "It is expensive in terms of cost, licensing, and professional services."
  • "VMware is costly versus other competitors but is still one of the market leaders and expanding now with partners like AWS."
  • "It is expensive."
  • "In my opinion, the essential version is a good price."
  • "The price of this solution is mid-range."
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    Overview

    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

    VMware vSphere is the leading server virtualization platform with consistent management for virtual data centers.

    Deliver business value from day one with powerful server virtualization, breakthrough availability, safe automated management and intelligent operational insight that adapts to your environment. Automate workload placement and resource optimization based on preset customizable templates.

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    Sample Customers
    Airbus, Colorado State University, SCS Africa, Wolf Medical Systems.
    Abu Dhabi Ports Company, ACS, AIA New Zealand, Consona, Corporate Express, CS Energy, and Digiweb.
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    Comms Service Provider39%
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    Government7%
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    Midsize Enterprise31%
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    Large Enterprise46%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Oracle VM VirtualBox vs. VMware vSphere and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
    563,148 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Oracle VM VirtualBox is ranked 7th in Server Virtualization Software with 10 reviews while VMware vSphere is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 119 reviews. Oracle VM VirtualBox is rated 7.6, while VMware vSphere is rated 8.8. 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". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSphere writes "An easy way of providing near-zero downtime services". Oracle VM VirtualBox is most compared with KVM, Proxmox VE, Hyper-V, Oracle VM and Citrix Hypervisor, whereas VMware vSphere is most compared with Hyper-V, VMware Workstation, Proxmox VE, KVM and Citrix Hypervisor. See our Oracle VM VirtualBox vs. VMware vSphere report.

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