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"Oracle VM VirtualBox is easy to use.""Technical support is good.""The solution is very convenient and easy to use.""It's a pretty good product in terms of monitoring.""The installation is easy.""It is easy to use and does not require complex knowledge.""This product is very user-friendly and easy to use.""The snapshot feature is very powerful; it protects us from disaster."

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"We are able to simultaneously run multiple operating systems in a single machine and have virtually no performance hit.""It will not harm any of the computer settings to run a specific program. For example, if a program needs a specific security policy, we don't have to use the shared configuration. We have an individual copy of Windows installed on the virtual machine, so anybody can access that. It helps us a lot.""The most valuable features of VMware Workstation are the speed of access and quality of upgrade. Those are the more important and pertinent aspects as far as we were concerned. Functionality and features were relevant for the customers. What a customer chose, we had to make sure that it operated.""I haven't faced any inconveniences working with this solution. It is very easy to use.""Technical support is very good.""Because the setup is so easy, this is a solution that can be used at a moment's notice.""Great at solving connection problems.""It is much more mature compared to Nutanix or SimpliVity when it's cross-platform based."

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"Having live migrations to move a running server to other hardware would be great.""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.""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 user interface needs to be improved.""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.""I find the solution to be incredibly unstable, constantly falling over and not working properly."

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"Lacks the ability to clone onto another system rather than starting from scratch.""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.""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.""I would want to see features included that make deployment easier.""The GUI interface could be improved.""The interface is a little wonky and needs to be improved.""The price should be reduced."

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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."
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    Questions from the Community
    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:It will not harm any of the computer settings to run a specific program. For example, if a program needs a specific security policy, we don't have to use the shared configuration. We have an… more »
    Top Answer:The interface is a little wonky and needs to be improved. Honestly, the biggest problem with VMware is not with their interface, as much as their support for the interface. In order for a virtual… more »
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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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    Sample Customers
    Airbus, Colorado State University, SCS Africa, Wolf Medical Systems.
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    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm19%
    University12%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Computer Software Company8%
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    Comms Service Provider34%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government8%
    Educational Organization5%
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    Government20%
    Manufacturing Company20%
    Sports Company10%
    Construction Company10%
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    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business46%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise28%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise57%
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    Small Business53%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise27%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Buyer's Guide
    Server Virtualization Software
    June 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about VMware, Proxmox, Microsoft and others in Server Virtualization Software. Updated: June 2022.
    609,272 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Oracle VM VirtualBox is ranked 5th in Server Virtualization Software with 14 reviews while VMware Workstation is ranked 4th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 9 reviews. Oracle VM VirtualBox is rated 7.8, while VMware Workstation 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 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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