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Oracle VM VirtualBox Pros

OL
Director of Engineering at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees
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.
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TD
IT Architect - AI at CGI
It is easy to use and does not require complex knowledge.
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Said Mokhtari - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at TGR
It's very simple to use.
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Oracle VM VirtualBox
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Satishbabu Gunukula, Oracle ACE - PeerSpot reviewer
User
Oracle VM Virtualbox is easy to use and does not require much training.
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Said Mokhtari - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at TGR
The solution is very convenient and easy to use.
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AT
IT Staff; Programmer at a university with 51-200 employees
It's a pretty good product in terms of monitoring.
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ST
Founder at a retailer with 1-10 employees
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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LS
Manager at Private Individual
The installation is easy.
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MM
Pr. Scientist at PIEAS
This product is very user-friendly and easy to use.
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Vincent Cheng - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Director at LogiCorner Info Tech.
The snapshot feature is very powerful; it protects us from disaster.
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Oracle VM VirtualBox Cons

OL
Director of Engineering at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees
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.
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TD
IT Architect - AI at CGI
Having live migrations to move a running server to other hardware would be great.
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Said Mokhtari - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at TGR
Basically, the GUI and command-line interface need improvement.
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Oracle VM VirtualBox
June 2022
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Satishbabu Gunukula, Oracle ACE - PeerSpot reviewer
User
The user interface needs to be improved.
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Said Mokhtari - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at TGR
The solution needs to improve the methods used for starting and stopping the machine.
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AT
IT Staff; Programmer at a university with 51-200 employees
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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ST
Founder at a retailer with 1-10 employees
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.
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LS
Manager at Private Individual
I find the solution to be incredibly unstable, constantly falling over and not working properly.
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MM
Pr. Scientist at PIEAS
When I select the Ubuntu operating system from within the virtual machine, it sometimes hangs.
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Vincent Cheng - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Director at LogiCorner Info Tech.
The AI and the UI could be improved. The user interface is a little outdated and the AI is not very attractive.
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Buyer's Guide
Oracle VM VirtualBox
June 2022
Learn what your peers think about Oracle VM VirtualBox. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: June 2022.
610,518 professionals have used our research since 2012.