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Oracle VM VirtualBox vs. VMware vSphere
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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.""Oracle VM VirtualBox is easy to use.""Oracle VM Virtualbox is easy to use and does not require much training.""It's a pretty good product in terms of monitoring.""The snapshot feature is very powerful; it protects us from disaster.""The installation is easy.""It is easy to use and does not require complex knowledge.""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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"The solution is user-friendly and easy to manage.""The scalability has been good.""Stable and secure management console for virtual environments, with a diligent technical support team.""It is very stable and scalable, and implementation is straightforward as well.""This solution is very stable. It's scalable and simple to set up.""It cuts down on hardware costs by being able to virtualize multiple hardware and multiple machines on a single piece of hardware.""We could easily move workloads from on-premises to the cloud and vice versa if we were running on-premises and cloud, which is one of the most important points in the new releases, in particular.""I have found the Storage vMotion feature to be the most valuable."

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"There are a few bugs that need to be updated.""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.""Having live migrations to move a running server to other hardware would be great.""Basically, the GUI and command-line interface need improvement.""The user interface needs to be improved.""The solution needs to improve the methods used for starting and stopping the machine.""Oracle VM VirtualBox is not flexible, It's not like VMware.""I find the solution to be incredibly unstable, constantly falling over and not working properly."

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"They have multiple components required for the setup. It would be better to integrate it into one solution, especially for small business companies.""The solution should be more secure.""The way that vSphere manages the alerts on the data machine is not easy to configure.""The price could be better. The licensing is definitely expensive and tech support is sometimes frustrating.""I can't speak to any missing features. It has everything I need.""The licensing costs for the solution are quite high.""The user interface could use some improvement.""The support for VMware vSphere can be fast or it can be slow. Recently it has been slow, they need to decrease the wait time and quality of their 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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  • "It is expensive in terms of cost, licensing, and professional services."
  • "It is expensive."
  • "In my opinion, the essential version is a good price."
  • "The price of this solution is mid-range."
  • "I think it's a fair price. We are using it on the production side, and everything is good from our experience. That's why I would say that the cost isn't too high. However, it would always be nice if it was cheaper."
  • "Pricing is a little bit on the higher side, compared to other products."
  • "Container support is the last great addition for VMware and it is worth the money you spend on it."
  • "The license growth of vSphere depends on the growth of the visual environment and the addition of more hosts."
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    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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    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

    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.

    Learn more about Oracle VM VirtualBox
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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.
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Comms Service Provider34%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Educational Organization5%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Energy/Utilities Company10%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    Company Size
    Small Business46%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise28%
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Buyer's Guide
    Oracle VM VirtualBox vs. VMware vSphere
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Oracle VM VirtualBox vs. VMware vSphere and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    608,010 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Oracle VM VirtualBox is ranked 5th in Server Virtualization Software with 14 reviews while VMware vSphere is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 134 reviews. Oracle VM VirtualBox is rated 7.8, 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 VMware Workstation, whereas VMware vSphere is most compared with Hyper-V, Proxmox VE, VMware Workstation, KVM and Oracle VM. See our Oracle VM VirtualBox vs. VMware vSphere report.

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