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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

EC2 is well suited for anyone that is looking to move their servers to the cloud, save money in the process, and future-proof their servers. EC2 even allows for existing VMs from an on-premise or hosted environment to be exported and imported into EC2. Also, AWS makes licensing the operating system super easy.
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Oracle VM VirtualBox

  • When playing around with automation and configuration management tools like Vagrant and Test-Kitchen, my experience with VirtualBox has been great.
  • For testing out newer/different versions of operating systems locally, VirtualBox has become my virtualization tool of choice. I don't just use it for evaluation, either, as I run a licensed version of Windows 10 in VirtualBox for the times I'm testing something out in the Windows realm (my primary desktop OS is Ubuntu).
  • For learning a local virtualization solution that is cross-platform, allowing one to be comfortable in virtualizing locally across whichever OS happens to be in use.
  • In my experience, many open-source and automation toolsets related to DevOps-minded workflows are made, demoed with, and have tutorials for execution with VirtualBox.
  • Working lean? Oracle VM VirtualBox is open-source and free to use.
  • If evaluating VirtualBox in a business that is dependent on the VirtualBox Extension Pack, one would need to evaluate whether they are in need of an Enterprise license. I've never been in that situation. For more details on that: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Licensing_FAQ and https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/VirtualBox_PUEL
  • I would not consider this a hypervisor for use in production, but only for local host/lab usage.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.2
Oracle VM VirtualBox
7.8
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.7
Oracle VM VirtualBox
8.3
Management console
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.2
Oracle VM VirtualBox
8.4
Live virtual machine backup
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
7.9
Oracle VM VirtualBox
7.7
Live virtual machine migration
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
7.9
Oracle VM VirtualBox
8.0
Hypervisor-level security
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.4
Oracle VM VirtualBox
6.7

Pros

  • EC2 makes right-sizing your servers a breeze. You can quickly spin up a server in the cloud and if it turns out the vCPU, RAM, or storage space is wrong, within minutes you can change all of that.
  • EC2 makes backups and restores a breeze. We actually had a client that allowed a hacker to remote into their production server. We were able to shutdown the EC2 instance, spin up a backup from an AMI, and then attach the existing elastic IP. This was all done within a 15 minute window.
  • EC2 makes quickly deploying multiple servers a very easy. Within minutes, you can deploy a whole fleet of cloud servers.
  • EC2 is easy to script. We are able to save our clients a lot of money by scripting their EC2 instance to shutdown/startup at predetermined times so they are only paying for the server when they are using it.
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  • I did not have to install the operating systems to evaluate them
  • I could run two or more instances of these operating systems concurrently
  • Oracle made it simple to start and stop the virtual machines and also save the state so as to continue where I left off
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Cons

  • The whole process of configuration and spinning up instances requires thorough technical knowledge. The learning curve for it seems a bit daunting.
  • The training documentation and support is a bit lacking. We tried using Lambda expressions for program flow execution and did not find great resources on that topic.
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  • The performance of Oracle Virtualbox is a bit slower than competitors and the interface is unstable.
  • The advanced functions, like setting up a network drive between guest and host are a bit tricky and takes some time to set up.
  • Sometimes transferring files (large files) between the client and host is a bit problematic.
  • Help documents are bit confusing and more screenshots related to installation, configuration should be included.
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Usability

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)10.0
Based on 1 answer
Best in its class.Easy to implement.Big community for support.
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Oracle VM VirtualBox8.0
Based on 1 answer
Easy and quick to use. Runs at sufficient speed even with 5/6 VMs running, and can handle a bridged network with ease. Easy to disassociate from the host to ensure the environment built within VB is quarantined should anything happen, meaning no risk to physical hardware.Quick to pick up. Quick to add new machines. Cloning feature very quick and comprehensive. I've never had a VM crash or freeze.
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Support

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)3.0
Based on 1 answer
I have faced that level of support.Our many query were unanswered for few days and costed us a lot.
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Alternatives Considered

Performs well and competitive price. Clear Documentation would be another factor. I have found sometimes documentations are confusing and misleading.
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The setup and configuration of Virtualbox was easy and simpler compared to VMWare & Hyper-V. Also, since Virtualbox is open source it was helpful and we got some support related to issues we encountered during configuration. Can also run Virtualbox on a local machine and over the cloud. The performance was smooth and good compared to other VM tools. By using VM, the installation, maintenance, and backup was a simpler task and would be hardware independent.
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Return on Investment

  • Can easily spin up/down servers when needed
  • So many resource choices.
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  • Positive impact: The cost of multiple servers got reduced by installing Virtualbox.
  • Though it's open source, it has many customization options, which are available mostly in paid tools and this helped in configuring Virtualbox VM easily.
  • The ability to suspend and restart sessions saved the most time, as it makes faster to test specific features of a site or application.
  • It supports multiple UI languages and reconfigurable keyboard shortcuts.
  • Negative impact: If the test environment is large, the performance of VM was bit slow.
  • Sometimes the drag-and-drop support does not function as expected from host to the guest, or vice versa.
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Pricing Details

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

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

Oracle VM VirtualBox

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