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Executive Summary
Updated on May 25, 2022

We performed a comparison between Oracle VM and Oracle VM VirtualBox based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: The majority of Oracle VM reviewers say the initial setup is straightforward, but a handful of users say the setup is complex. Oracle VM VirtualBox users all agree that the initial setup is straightforward.
  • Features: Users of both products are happy with their stability, scalability, and ease of use. Oracle VM users like its flexibility and say that it is a mature product but that it has a bit of a learning curve. Oracle VM VirtualBox users praise its snapshot and reporting features and say it performs well. Some Oracle VM VirtualBox mention that its UI needs enhancements and that it consumes a high amount of resources.
  • Pricing: Both Oracle VM and Oracle VM VirtualBox are open-source and free of charge.

  • ROI: Reviewers of both products report seeing an ROI.
  • Service and Support: Users of both solutions report being satisfied with the level of support they receive.

Comparison Results: Oracle VM has a slight edge in the comparison. It is a mature, stable, and flexible solution. One area where Oracle VM VirtualBox did come out on top, however, was in the ease of deployment category.

To learn more, read our detailed Oracle VM vs. Oracle VM VirtualBox report (Updated: July 2022).
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Pros
"It's a very flexible solution because you have all the commands that you can do yourself.""Oracle is probably the best database technology out there. I've never found anything as complete in terms of feature and functionality and sophistication.""The solution is easy to use. You can spin one up when you need to and then shut it down.""The cloning is a great feature and live migration is very easy.""Good visualization hypervisor.""Its ease of management and simplicity are most valuable. It is free, and you can provision an unlimited number of VMs at no cost for clients. They also provide perfect support.""Virtualization platform that's easy to set up, and has good scalability and stability.""It's quite stable."

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

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Cons
"The user interface of the version that we have requires improvement. They have already improved the user interface in the latest version, but we are yet to migrate to that. The new UI is much better. I would like it to be simple. It is serving all of our needs, and I don't think it is necessary to keep adding. We are able to provision a VM in ten minutes, and provisioning it in five minutes will not have any added benefit.""I've found that using Oracle VM is like stepping back in time. It's not kept up with technology. The only reason anyone uses it is that they're afraid of Oracle's licensing. Oracle has a tremendously bad licensing approach.""The performance could be better because I need to purchase a lot of CPUs to perform in the workbench.""There have been some security issues in the past.""There are currently issues with centralized storage.""The usage could be easier, and more user-friendly.""Something that could be improved are the snapshots that go in the ZFS Storage. If you want to enjoy Oracle VM, you will definitely want it to go together with ZFS Storage to maximize on the snapshot facility.""Integration with cloud products would be beneficial."

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"When I select the Ubuntu operating system from within the virtual machine, it sometimes hangs.""I find the solution to be incredibly unstable, constantly falling over and not working properly.""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 AI and the UI could be improved. The user interface is a little outdated and the AI is not very attractive.""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 installation is difficult and could be improved.""Basically, the GUI and command-line interface need improvement.""The solution could be more user-friendly."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "With having a global contract, we get some discounts."
  • "All other vendors are selling their licenses to use the VM, but Oracle isn't doing that, which is its biggest advantage. It is free. All you have to do is get the hardware. You can create an unlimited number of VMs for free. With VMware, you have to purchase licenses for the number of VMs that you want to create. You only pay for their premium support, and even that is optional. I am now learning this product, and we can even do without the support."
  • "Oracle is free of charge, although you have to have a subscription for the support."
  • "The price compares well with other solutions."
  • "The licensing for Oracle VM solution is very nice because you license the box."
  • "The price of the license is expensive."
  • "Oracle VM pricing is expensive."
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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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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:I would prefer if KVM was easier to scale and not so limited. Overall the product has been helpful. It is easy to use, and was quite straight-forward to set up. Since I have been using KVM, I have not… more »
    Top Answer:Oracle VM seems to me to be kind of outdated. Nevertheless, it is fairly straightforward to use and maintain. The solution can just be set and you can forget about it, and the scalability is… more »
    Top Answer:Virtualization platform that's easy to set up, and has good scalability and stability.
    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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    Overview

    Oracle VM for x86

    Oracle VM for x86 is a Xen based server virtualization platform for public and private cloud and traditional on premise deployment. Oracle VM offers full lifecycle and application deployment from disk to cloud.

    Designed and optimized for security, efficiency and performance Oracle VM supports major hardware vendors x86 and storage platforms and can run workloads on Linux, Windows and Oracle Solaris. Uniquely for our virtualization platform it offers live patching via Ksplice enhancing security and minimizing service disruption. Oracle VM supports hard partitioning which can significantly reduce software applications licensing costs.

    Oracle VM for SPARC

    Oracle VM for SPARC is a firmware based virtualization platform for Oracle and Fujitsu SPARC based servers running Solaris. Oracle VM supports hard partitioning which can significantly reduce software applications licensing costs.

    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

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    Oracle VM is ranked 6th in Server Virtualization Software with 13 reviews while Oracle VM VirtualBox is ranked 5th in Server Virtualization Software with 13 reviews. Oracle VM is rated 8.6, while Oracle VM VirtualBox is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Oracle VM writes "Good documentation and a simple setup but has a terrible licensing structure". On the other hand, 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". Oracle VM is most compared with KVM, VMware vSphere, Proxmox VE, Hyper-V and RHEV, whereas Oracle VM VirtualBox is most compared with KVM, Proxmox VE, Hyper-V, VMware vSphere and VMware Workstation. See our Oracle VM vs. Oracle VM VirtualBox report.

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