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Score 8.2 out of 100
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Score 8.6 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

    7.7

    Google Compute Engine

    77%

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Google Compute Engine ranks higher in 9/9 features

    Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime

    8.3
    83%
    26 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Dynamic scaling

    8.4
    84%
    24 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Elastic load balancing

    8.6
    86%
    20 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Pre-configured templates

    6.8
    68%
    26 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Monitoring tools

    5.7
    57%
    27 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Pre-defined machine images

    6.0
    60%
    27 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Operating system support

    8.6
    86%
    27 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Security controls

    9.1
    91%
    27 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Automation

    7.6
    76%
    2 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Server Virtualization

    Google Compute Engine

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.1

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    71%
    Oracle VM VirtualBox ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Virtual machine automated provisioning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.8
    68%
    38 Ratings

    Management console

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3
    73%
    46 Ratings

    Live virtual machine backup

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    39 Ratings

    Live virtual machine migration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.5
    65%
    34 Ratings

    Hypervisor-level security

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.7
    67%
    30 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Google Compute Engine is rated higher in 2 areas: Usability, Support Rating
    • Oracle VM VirtualBox is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.7

    Google Compute Engine

    87%
    27 Ratings
    9.0

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    90%
    54 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.0

    Google Compute Engine

    90%
    1 Rating
    10.0

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    100%
    3 Ratings

    Usability

    9.1

    Google Compute Engine

    91%
    8 Ratings
    9.0

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    90%
    5 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.6

    Google Compute Engine

    86%
    19 Ratings
    7.0

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    70%
    2 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    Google Compute Engine

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    80%
    2 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Google Compute Engine

    We use Google Compute Engine in a hybrid and multi-cloud solution. We find that using it for direct ad-hoc use cases meets all of our demands. We have attempted some more complex networking and multi-regional use cases but were not able to achieve satisfactory results. Google Compute Engine is extremely appropriate for anyone requiring quick, scalable, reliable infrastructure.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    It is best suited when you want to have different operating systems on your laptop or desktop. You can easily switch between operating systems without the need to uninstall one. In another scenario, if you expect some application to damage your device, it would be best to run the application on the VM such that the damage can only be done to the virtual machine. It is less appropriate when time synchronization is very important. At times the VMs run their own times differently from the host time and this may cause some losses if what you doing is critical. Another important thing to take note of is the licensing of the application you want to run your VM. Some licenses do not allow the applications to be run on virtual servers so it is not appropriate to use the VM at this time.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pros

    Google Compute Engine

    • A simple web-based interface that is a breeze to train new engineers to use. Our experienced engineers never have trouble finding or doing anything on GCE.
    • Sustained use and Committed use discounts mean we get top-tier VMs for an incredibly competitive price.
    • Wonderful identity and access management that gives us peace-of-mind when granting access to machines to contractors and other 3rd parties.
    • Fast VMs, lastest in hardware, and enough RAM to power even the hungriest of our services.
    Tyler Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

    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
    David Currier | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cons

    Google Compute Engine

    • The L7 load balancer can be difficult to get set up. It's limited in its functionality, especially with the container engine.
    • It's hard to find certain objects on the web console. Often times the things I need to get to are buried in advanced menus.
    • Google's decision to only support MySQL on their relational DB service means that I have to manage Postgres instances in Compute on my own, managing everything from storage to backups.
    David Long, SPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

    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.
    Derek Ardolf | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Google Compute Engine

    General

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

    Starting Price

    $0.004,237 GB

    Google Compute Engine Editions & Modules

    Edition
    On-demand price - Predefined vCPUS$0.031611 / vCPU1
    Preemptible Price - Predefined vCPUs0.006655 / vCPU1
    One-year commitment price - Predefined vCPUS$0.019915 / vCPU1
    Three-year commitment price - Predefined vCPUS$0.014225 / CPU1
    On-demand price - Predefined Memory$0.004237 / GB1
    Preemptible Price - Predefined Memory0.000892 / GB1
    One-year commitment price - Predefined Memory$0.002669 / GB1
    Three-year commitment price - Predefined Memory$0.001907 / GB1
    1. Hour
    Additional Pricing Details
    Prices vary according to region (i.e US central, east, & west time zones). Google Compute Engine also offers a discounted rate for a 1 & 3 year commitment.

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    General

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

    Starting Price

    Oracle VM VirtualBox Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    Google Compute Engine

    Google Compute Engine 9.0
    Based on 1 answer
    Overall services are good to go. Received good feedback from users. Have regional server locations. It has free extra service included.
    Sazzad Hossain Sharkar | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 10.0
    Based on 3 answers
    I give this rating because virtual box is inexpensive but there is another product such as vm ware that can also be used
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Usability

    Google Compute Engine

    Google Compute Engine 9.1
    Based on 8 answers
    Having interacted with several cloud services, GCE stands out to me as more usable than most. The naming and locating of features is a little more intuitive than most I've interacted with, and hinting is also quite helpful. Getting staff up to speed has proven to be overall less painful than others.
    Brendon Brown | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 9.0
    Based on 5 answers
    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.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Support Rating

    Google Compute Engine

    Google Compute Engine 8.6
    Based on 19 answers
    • The documentation needs to be better for intermediate users - There are first steps that one can easily follow, but after that, the documentation is often spotty or not in a form where one can follow the steps and accomplish the task. Also, the documentation and the product often go out of sync, where the commands from the documentation do not work with the current version of the product.
    • Google support was great and their presence on site was very helpful in dealing with various issues.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 7.0
    Based on 2 answers
    Oracle have a very fast response rate and a strong user community. One can geet help from many sources if they choose to research for themselves.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Implementation Rating

    Google Compute Engine

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 8.0
    Based on 2 answers
    We really enjoy using virtual box. We do not require to buy expensive hardware but instead we can minimize costs and maximize profits.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Alternatives Considered

    Google Compute Engine

    I've used the AWS stack, the Azure stack, OCI, and IBM cloud. I have found GCP and AWS the easiest to deploy, configure, manage, and so on. Google has offered me at least 5 free in person classes to train me in new features on the platform. Likewise AWS has offered me probably 10 to 15 guided online tutorials, with a person to field any questions. All of this free training will no doubt affect my experience in a serious way, so keep that in mind as a reader. Outside of ease of use and configuration, I haven't experienced performance problems across any of the cloud services that I have used.
    Frank Palladino | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    VirutalBox is very similar to using Vmware with the slight difference in appearance and what might be considered a less polished look. However, what it lacks in polish and looks it makes up for in functionality, easy of use and the wide range of operating systems and features it supports without the need of buying the full professional edition
    Tyler Twitchell | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Return on Investment

    Google Compute Engine

    • Positive impact on the OpEx with reduction in CapEx resulting from reducing the time to move a workload from on-prem to the cloud
    • Incased RoI by reducing need for on-prem compute
    • Improved agility by providing the option to take on new AI workloads for test and dev without the need for upfront investment in
    Aditya Mohan | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    • For personal use, there is no monetary investment, I am running 5 CentOS servers flawlessly in my home lab.
    • Saves a ton of money in an enterprise environment by not having to purchase physical test servers. (Cost of Enterprise product is way lower vs Cost of standing up physical servers and/or cloud servers)
    • Makes virtualization very easy and friendly for everyone for test instances.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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