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"The solution has high performance and is easy to use.""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 and does not require much training.""It's very simple to use.""Technical support is good.""It's a pretty good product in terms of monitoring.""It is easy to use and does not require complex knowledge.""The snapshot feature is very powerful; it protects us from disaster."

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"VMware Workstation is great for migrating and patching operating systems.""We are able to simultaneously run multiple operating systems in a single machine and have virtually no performance hit.""The most valuable features of VMware Workstation are the DirectX support, you can run Microsoft Hyper-V in virtual environments which is good for me to test different installations. Additionally, you can set up different VLANs, and overall it is a complete solution.""Technical support is very good.""Great at solving connection problems.""The most valuable features of the VMware Workstation solutions are the ESXi and vCenter.""Because the setup is so easy, this is a solution that can be used at a moment's notice.""I haven't faced any inconveniences working with this solution. It is very easy to use."

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"The solution could be more user-friendly.""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.""The user interface needs to be improved.""The AI and the UI could be improved. The user interface is a little outdated and the AI is not very attractive.""When I select the Ubuntu operating system from within the virtual machine, it sometimes hangs.""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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"My experience with Workstation is limited, so I don't know all the functionalities of this tool. Maybe Workstation could add some more compatibility with other vendors.""Installing VMware Workstation isn't so easy. It's highly complex compared to Windows. I rate it four out of 10 for ease of installation. Setting up a remote desktop only takes a minute or so, but the Workstation itself takes some time.""The GUI interface could be improved.""Lacks the ability to clone onto another system rather than starting from scratch.""I would want to see features included that make deployment easier.""The big issue that we've always had with VMware, was the disparity between what was presented for a Windows-based client and a Linux-based client. The Windows client was always two or three releases ahead of the Linux client. We always wanted VMware to change and improve the feature sets between the client connector on Linux and on Windows.""Performance could be improved, it's somewhat clunky.""The interface is a little wonky and needs to be improved."

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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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  • "Licensing costs are paid on a yearly basis."
  • "The licensing costs are cheap. I pay approximately $100 per year."
  • "The cost differs depending on the customer's requirement."
  • "VMware Workstation has a high price than competitors in the market."
  • "With a VDI solution, there is always extra cost running a VDI solution but it's not for cost purposes anymore. In the beginning, it was to save money on hardware but at the moment it's other aspects that are more important why you should use a VDI solution."
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    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.
    Top Answer:VM Workstation’s setup is so easy, you can use it almost instantly, it works well with Windows and Linux. We like VM Workstation primarily to test environments to determine how well a solution will… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable features of the VMware Workstation solutions are the ESXi and vCenter.
    Top Answer:The price of VMware solutions could improve.
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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 Workstation transforms the way technical professionals develop, test, demonstrate and deploy software by running multiple x86-based operating systems simultaneously on the same PC. Built on 15 years of virtualization excellence and winner of more than 50 industry awards, VMware Workstation takes desktop virtualization to the next level by giving users an unmatched operating system support, rich user experience and incredible performance.
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    Buyer's Guide
    Server Virtualization Software
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about VMware, Proxmox, Microsoft and others in Server Virtualization Software. Updated: July 2022.
    620,987 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Oracle VM VirtualBox is ranked 5th in Server Virtualization Software with 13 reviews while VMware Workstation is ranked 3rd in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 11 reviews. Oracle VM VirtualBox is rated 7.8, while VMware Workstation is rated 8.6. 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 Workstation writes "Easy to use, powerful virtualization capabilities, and good performance". Oracle VM VirtualBox is most compared with KVM, Proxmox VE, Hyper-V, VMware vSphere and Citrix Hypervisor, whereas VMware Workstation is most compared with VMware vSphere, Hyper-V, KVM, Proxmox VE and VMware Fusion.

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