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Likelihood to Recommend

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

I believe IBM Cloud is well suited for individuals who know their product but not so much for cloud strategy. IBM helps us accelerate and plan the cloud journey and allows us to scale. I wouldn't recommend the IBM Cloud if you know how to scale and distribute the servers world wide.
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Oracle VM VirtualBox

Oracle VM VirtualBox is a perfect solution for the developer who needs to run a few virtual machines for development and testing purposes. It can also work very well in cases where a large complex virtual environment and advanced storage is not required. In general, it requires a host OS, so it will not function quite like a true headless virtual server. Don't expect it to become your solution to replace a bunch of servers with a massive, redundant, automated virtual environment. That's not what it is for.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
6.5
Oracle VM VirtualBox
8.1
Virtual machine automated provisioning
VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
7.0
Oracle VM VirtualBox
8.2
Management console
VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
6.4
Oracle VM VirtualBox
8.8
Live virtual machine backup
VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
5.9
Oracle VM VirtualBox
7.7
Live virtual machine migration
VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
5.5
Oracle VM VirtualBox
8.6
Hypervisor-level security
VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
7.6
Oracle VM VirtualBox
7.1

Pros

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

  • Ease of use - we don't want to spend extra hours trying to figure out a problem
  • Easy Setup - onboarding was simple and quick
  • Great documentation - Most of the answers to our questions are very easily accessible without additional help
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Oracle VM VirtualBox

  • It is simple to install - there is no advanced knowledge required to begin building virtual computers
  • It is easy to use - adding new virtual machines is simple with wizard-based deployment
  • It enables easy portability - moving virtual machines from one host to another is straight-forward and simple
  • It is free
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Cons

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

  • I wish it were a bit easier to manage user access.
  • The initial configuration process could be a bit more streamlined.
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Oracle VM VirtualBox

  • I have had issues in the past when it has come to resizing VM disk storage. The issue is entirely detailed here: https://www.virtualbox.org/ticket/9103 -- the problem was caused because of having existing snapshots (which error message output was not detailing). I haven't had to deal with the issue due to my dynamic disk sizes not being small from the start anymore (this is mostly an issue for my Windows VMs where the base disk may need significant size for the OS). It looks like, for a resize, that a merge of all snapshots has to occur first -- one user on that list details a workaround to maintain snapshots by cloning the VM. (Note: 5.2 was just released a few weeks ago, and looks like it should prevent the problem happening in the future by properly informing users that it isn't possible with snapshots).
  • Certain scenarios, like resizing disks, required dropping into a terminal as there were no options to previously do so via the GUI. According to some recent posts, I've seen that v5.2 has added disk management stuff like that to the GUI (or will be adding it). I'm comfortable with dropping into the terminal, but in a teaching scenario or when evaluating the learnability of the tools, it complicates things.
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Usability

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud 8.2
Based on 3 answers
Everything is very clearly laid out. Being familiar with vSphere already, it was a quick transition over to the IBM environment. This allowed us to spend less time on the implementation phase and move quickly to actually utilizing the system on a day to day basis. Also, the performance is very good. No lagginess to the website like our previous on-prem environment.
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Oracle VM VirtualBox

Oracle VM VirtualBox 8.0
Based on 2 answers
I've had no complaints with its usability.
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Support

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud 7.9
Based on 3 answers
We have had very few instances where we needed to reach out for support, but each time we have the response has been quick. The techs have been knowledgeable and resolved issues in a timely manner
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Oracle VM VirtualBox

No score
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Alternatives Considered

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

We selected VMware over Azure due to the fact that it was already familiar and still offered the same cloud capabilities that Azure would have gained us. This allowed us to keep using the same interface and not have to relearn everything from start to finish with a new product.
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Oracle VM VirtualBox

Reasons why I prefer to use Oracle VM VirtualBox:
  • I've worked and taught in many environments where the OS used by others (or by me for employment reasons) is a mix of Windows and Mac OSX. Sometimes Linux is around if I can help it. Being familiar with VirtualBox means I won't be attempting to learn new virtualization software. Works for all.
  • Microsoft Hyper-V, which can be run by not only Windows server but also Windows desktops later than Windows 7, is Windows-only. I've been employed where all issued laptops were Mac's, so that wasn't going to work.
  • When it comes to Hyper-V in a production environment as a hypervisor, that's an entirely different ball game. VirtualBox shouldn't be used to run/manage production assets. Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware vSphere / ESXi, and OpenStack / KVM would all be better solutions in those cases.
  • VMware Workstation Pro costs money, and I don't have a VMware environment to work with.
  • VMware Workstation Player, in my experience, was too limited and was difficult to use when managing multiple VMs running at a time. I struggled with networking also. Admittedly, I have not used it in a while to know if things have changed. Also, not available for Mac OSX.
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Return on Investment

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

  • It has a positive impact on the cost required to maintain our vSphere environment by allowing us to get rid of our vsphere hardware and not worry about maintenance either.
  • There have been very few negatives, but one would definitely be the open-ended cost associated with cloud products in general.
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Oracle VM VirtualBox

  • I'd say practically always positive due to the turn around in testing. Being able to snapshot systems, run tests, load from previous snapshots, etc. quickly and locally is nice to have. As an educator, it was helpful to test and play in a sandbox before giving presentations and students could follow along
  • If working in older, large enterprises, there may not be much for testing environments -- or the test environment may not in any way reflect the production environment -- so local testing with VirtualBox helps
  • Difficulty in testing may also exist in companies where security is tight, mangled, or confusing -- leaving local VM testing as the quickest path to proof-of-concept.
  • If one is not an educator or freelancer, a workplace should implement a proper build pipeline with multiple environments (test/QA/prod) so that an employee doesn't have to work their testing locally in a configuration that differs from the environment ultimately used in production. Unfortunately, many companies are not in this position for a variety of reasons (often an eternal battle between technical debt, bureaucracy, and resources), which is where VirtualBox comes into play. In this scenario, one should avoid letting the "workaround" of VirtualBox seem like a solution to avoid addressing those issues.
  • For self-education, in learning new tools, software, etc., VirtualBox has allowed me to quickly be up and running with whatever it is I'm taking a look at. As a tool to assist in learning, it is excellent. Other tools like Docker have made evaluations and self-teaching quicker and easier.
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Pricing Details

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Oracle VM VirtualBox

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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