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Oracle VM VirtualBox

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Likelihood to Recommend

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.
David Currier | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

ESXi is the right host OS if you want all the features a host OS would normally need to provide AND if you ware willing to pay for the license. It's not cheap. You will also want to pay for VMWare support unless you have an on-staff VMWare admin who really knows their way around ESXi and vSphere / vCenter functions. If you want a free hypervisor? Then you need to try Hyper-V first to see if it can do everything you think it should be able to do. Hyper-V comes with Windows (both the server and PC flavors) as a role. It can do some basic functions of a host. But it doesn't have all the full capabilities and management features that ESXi hosts do when managed with vSphere / vCenter.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Oracle VM VirtualBox
7.9
VMware ESXi
8.9
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Oracle VM VirtualBox
8.1
VMware ESXi
8.8
Management console
Oracle VM VirtualBox
8.6
VMware ESXi
8.5
Live virtual machine backup
Oracle VM VirtualBox
7.7
VMware ESXi
8.7
Live virtual machine migration
Oracle VM VirtualBox
8.1
VMware ESXi
9.4
Hypervisor-level security
Oracle VM VirtualBox
7.2
VMware ESXi
8.9

Pros

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).
Derek Ardolf | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

  • Just works. VMware ESXi is a proven solution with a lot of additional components that provide more value.
  • VMware ESXi is a great platform for new users to learn. Having both GUI and CLI components to manage the host server and subsequent virtual machines allow for click-based admins to get work done, while also providing the avenues for streamlining with automation within CLI based connections.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

  • Licensing cost can be a challenge for starting to use and maintaining ESXi. There are ways to mitigate this using less CPU sockets with more cores but you have to be aware of this or it gets very expensive to purchase and maintain.
  • In the early years of use, the product was more rock solid in progressions through new versions. Lately, we have had a few issues crop up with trying to maintain the most current versions. We have subsequently stayed a bit behind to let them work out issues.
  • Support for the product has also seemingly suffered as it has grown very large. We don't have many problems in quantity, but when we do occasionally have one crop up, first tier hasn't seemed super effective and the process has been a bit drawn out without any real resolution at times.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi 3.8
Based on 2 answers
Me, not likely as my current company doesn't use it nor do I use it at home. However, I don't see my previous company ever switching away from it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Oracle VM VirtualBox

Oracle VM VirtualBox 8.0
Based on 4 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

VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi 10.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Support

Oracle VM VirtualBox

Oracle VM VirtualBox 7.0
Based on 1 answer
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

VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi 8.6
Based on 53 answers
Just about every time I have used VMWare support they have been very knowledgeable and were able to fix my issue right away. I've only had a couple of times where I had to get my problem escalated to another higher level engineer. At the end of the day, they were always able to fix any problem I had.
Kurt Pritchett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation

Oracle VM VirtualBox

Oracle VM VirtualBox 8.0
Based on 1 answer
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

VMware ESXi

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

We have adopted Nutanix Acropolis as a replacement for our NetApp and a long term replacement for VMWare. VMWare will be interoperable with Nutanix in the near future as a datastore to allow us to slowly migrate to Acropolis or continue to utilize VMWare. VMWare is definitely more full featured than Acropolis however there are some things that are not necessary in VMWare(such as VSan) that are completely built in to Nutanix by design. The Nutanix web interface however is much more responsive.
Colby Shores | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

  • While using VMware ESXI for our virtual infrastructure hosts, we have had a little downtime, and the VMware ESXI system has caused none of the downtimes.
  • The VMware ESXi hosts have also been able to recover well when there have been unexpected power failures to the kit. This has been very valuable as in the past, we have lost servers when this has happened.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Oracle VM VirtualBox

General

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

VMware ESXi

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Oracle VM VirtualBox
8.9
VMware ESXi
9.3

Likelihood to Renew

Oracle VM VirtualBox
7.5
VMware ESXi
3.8

Usability

Oracle VM VirtualBox
8.0
VMware ESXi
10.0

Support

Oracle VM VirtualBox
7.0
VMware ESXi
8.6

Implementation

Oracle VM VirtualBox
8.0
VMware ESXi

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