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Likelihood to Recommend

Oracle VM Server

It's simple, clean and easy to deploy. The updates are only making the product much better. Kudos to Oracle Dev team! It has great flexibility but could use some work in the snapshot capabilities (but hey, remember - it's free). The management console is intuitive and does a good job at managing resources, keeping an eye on your templates and so on.
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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

Oracle VM Server
6.1
Oracle VM VirtualBox
7.9
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Oracle VM Server
6.4
Oracle VM VirtualBox
8.1
Management console
Oracle VM Server
7.3
Oracle VM VirtualBox
8.6
Live virtual machine backup
Oracle VM Server
5.5
Oracle VM VirtualBox
7.6
Live virtual machine migration
Oracle VM Server
6.4
Oracle VM VirtualBox
8.0
Hypervisor-level security
Oracle VM Server
5.0
Oracle VM VirtualBox
7.3

Pros

Oracle VM Server

  • Allows us to use fewer licenses due to core and cpu limitiations with Oracle licenses.
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Oracle VM VirtualBox

  • Can spin up multiple VMs on a host-only network that speak to each other and allow for interesting test environments spun up at will.
  • Cross-platform functionality allows me to run it on my Linux Desktop and know that tutorials I make with it could be approached by someone on a Windows or Mac OSX system. Hyper-V is limited to Windows, and VMware Workstation requires a license (VMware Player is free, but is not open-source and is more limited in comparison to VirtualBox).
  • If you are testing tools like Vagrant and Test-Kitchen, VirtualBox often seems to have the highest amount of support and documentation when it comes to compatibility (though, many people do use Hyper-V or VMware Workstation without issues).
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Cons

Oracle VM Server

  • Not as flexible as VMware.
  • Could have slightly better templates for provisioning database nodes.
  • In terms of performance it lags a bit behind Red Hat's KVM solution.
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Oracle VM VirtualBox

  • The memory footprint is high, and requires above 8 GB of memory to run an Ubuntu VM smoothly (considering developing inside ubuntu OS inside a MacBook Pro).
  • Some known issues with OVF/OVA images import/export. We had the issue of some sections in OVF being ignored (especially Startup and Install sections).
  • Some intermittent issues when mounting external hard drives and trying to access them from within the running VM.
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Likelihood to Renew

Oracle VM Server

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Oracle VM VirtualBox

Oracle VM VirtualBox 7.5
Based on 2 answers
I give this rating because virtual box is inexpensive but there is another product such as vm ware that can also be used
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Usability

Oracle VM Server

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Oracle VM VirtualBox

Oracle VM VirtualBox 8.0
Based on 3 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.
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Alternatives Considered

Oracle VM Server

Both are better than Oracle VM, but Oracle application licenses on them were too high.
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Oracle VM VirtualBox

There are a lot of Pro's to using VmWare in an enterprise environment like a management console, deployment via templates and so on. But in terms of ROI, extreme ease of use, availability and customization VirtualBox wins the race for personal use but faces extreme competition in enterprises. Again, personally I would recommend VirtualBox to anyone out there looking for a good, friendly and free host virtualization application.
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Return on Investment

Oracle VM Server

  • Extremely satisfied with the product, it's still developing everyday and we are happy with its progress so far.
  • It does its job in a very easy to use and reliable fashion.
  • Looking forward to the new updates and what help it can bring to our current issues.
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Oracle VM VirtualBox

  • One positive impact it has had is cost savings, as there is no cost for running the software. There are many other commercial offerings that can get costly, and even some that the licensing has to renew every year/couple of years, but not so with VirtualBox. This can be run without any of those restrictions.
  • Another positive impact it has had is with regards to working well in a production environment, where there are a number of different OS platforms. It has managed these quite well.
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Pricing Details

Oracle VM Server

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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