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Oracle VM VirtualBox Room for Improvement

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

We are using the free version of Virtualbox, so we have not tested the commercial solution.

That said, having live migrations to move a running server to other hardware would be great.

The ability to emulate other types of CPU and hardware, such as PowerPC in both Little Endian and Big Endian, ARM CPU, s390x CPU architectures, and possibly older CPUs such as Motorola would be helpful. This would make the development of new software releases faster and easier.

In general, it is a good and stable product to use. We love it!  

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Said Mokhtari - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at TGR

To make changes, you need to use the command lines. You need to use them to change the volume or extend or re-sync the volume. We've tried to do so using the web manager and it's not working well. Basically, the GUI and command-line interface need improvement. We'd like the command line to manage the VDI disk.

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Satishbabu Gunukula, Oracle ACE - PeerSpot reviewer
User

The user interface needs to be improved. The command line interface is okay, however, the Web Manager is not working well and there are many enhancements requried. The web user interface would help users who do not have much experience with the product. 

Managment and maintenance software needs to improve, including improving the methods for stopping and starting the machine.

Improvements are needed for areas such as changing the disks or resources used.  They need to have live mgiration betweeen other platforms like VMware, Microsoft, and Nutanix.

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AT
IT Staff; Programmer at a university with 51-200 employees

I would like there to be a web version of the solution, wherein I can access it over my network. It would be ideal if it was more web-based.

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

While in the past I used the solution on Linux, which I no longer do, and FreeBSD, which is my daytime runner, I am not very happy with its use on the latter. For the past year or so, it slowed down upon its use. 

I am not a great fan of Oracle's products. I have not been happy with these since version 6. 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. There are times when I need to reboot the system to resolve the problem. I have 64 gig RAM in my machine, and an i7 processor, so there is no issue as far as memory is concerned.

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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.

Currently, when pilot testing VMs, sometimes we have to test them on the cloud — this is complicated. In the next release, it would be nice if there was a convenient way to migrate the VM images from the local server to the cloud server.  

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Jetsada Malaisirirat - PeerSpot reviewer
System Engineer at clusterkit

There are a few bugs that need to be updated.

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PA
Manager at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees

They have to improve the user interface and the installation.

Oracle VM VirtualBox is not flexible. It's not like VMware.

They could also improve the market position. Customers are more familiar with the VMware brand and prefer to use it.

Because they don't push the market a lot, the customers are not aware of Oracle VM VirtualBox, and its capabilities. 

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NS
Storage Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

The solution could be more user-friendly.

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