Oracle VM VirtualBox

Oracle VM VirtualBox

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Oracle VM VirtualBox

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VirtualBox the best for virtualization!

9
December 31, 2021
I personally use VirtualBox to test applications. With VirtualBox, I can test the application without even installing it on my actual …
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Flexibility and productivity made simple

10
April 13, 2021
Oracle VM VirtualBox is being used across the development department, mostly to run training environments. This helps us prepare …
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Fantastic and Free

10
April 12, 2021
We used Oracle VM VirtualBox as a quick and simple way to virtualize and consolidate multiple compute servers onto a single server. It is …
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VirtualBox is great for testing

9
March 14, 2021
As an Admin IT I use VirtualBox to test a lot of things. Whether it be for a windows machine or a linux machine, it gets used a lot. It …
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Virtualization at its Best

9
July 23, 2020
Oracle VM VirtualBox is being heavily used to recreate network designs on servers for both troubleshooting purposes as well as deployment …
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VirtualBox Goes to School

10
March 06, 2020
It might be used across the organization, but the only use I'm familiar with is in my department. We use VirtualBox so that students can …

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Live virtual machine backup (39)

8.0
80%

Management console (46)

7.3
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Virtual machine automated provisioning (38)

6.8
68%

Live virtual machine migration (34)

6.5
65%

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What is Oracle VM VirtualBox?

Oracle VM VIrtualBox is Oracle's cross-platform virtualization offering, acquired with Sun Microsystems in early 2010. The software was originally developed by Innotek GmbH.

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Server Virtualization

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Product Details

What is Oracle VM VirtualBox?

Oracle VM VirtualBox is Oracle's cross-platform virtualization offering, acquired with Sun Microsystems in early 2010. The software was originally developed by Innotek GmbH.

For more information visit http://www.oracle.com/us/technologies/virtualization/virtualbox/overview/index.html

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What is Oracle VM VirtualBox?

Oracle VM VIrtualBox is Oracle's cross-platform virtualization offering, acquired with Sun Microsystems in early 2010. The software was originally developed by Innotek GmbH.

What is Oracle VM VirtualBox's best feature?

Reviewers rate Live virtual machine backup highest, with a score of 8.

Who uses Oracle VM VirtualBox?

The most common users of Oracle VM VirtualBox are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees) and the Computer Software industry.

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Score 10 out of 10
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It's a very useful and simple to use tool. We use instead of Vmware Workstation or Vmware Player, and it's very reliable, multiplatform, and cheaper than Vmware. The community behind it is great and thanks to Oracle, the support is very responsive.
  • Virtualization
  • Migration of VM
  • Network configuration amongst VM
  • I would like a better conversion tool from Vmware.
In the beginning, we used Oracle VM VirtualBox for personal business on our laptop, then we started to try to share VM (running on a centralized workstation) and it worked very well. We can use snapshots for tests and developing machines and templates for fast provisioning.
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Score 9 out of 10
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I personally use VirtualBox to test applications. With VirtualBox, I can test the application without even installing it on my actual machine, and doing this protects my device from any damages. For example, if I accidentally select the wrong settings for the application I am testing, the changes only affect my Virtual Machine and this is a great advantage for me. I also use different operating systems for work and for personal purposes thus I use VirtualBox to install another operating system (like Linux) without removing the one I already use (Windows).
  • Allocating the memory you want for each machine.
  • Allows you to put as many virtual machines as your device allows you.
  • The changes you make to your virtual machine only affects your virtual machine, not your main device.
  • It would be great if the window can become adjustable to full screen because right now you need to install another software to just make the window fullscreen.
  • The responsiveness of the VMs is slow sometimes.
  • It sometimes takes very long for a machine to boot.
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.
No
Gabriel Krahn | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We used Oracle's solution to simulate environments and test future changes, updates, and patches on our software. We also used it for training sessions in order not to disturb production environments, while still simulating the real world with exact OS and SW versions.

VirtualBox made our testing way cheaper, easy, and less punitive because if anything went wrong we could simply revert to a past snapshot and document the results.
  • Virtualization
  • Testing of environments with any harm to production
  • Compatibility with older OS
  • User interface feels like I'm really using some 00's software
  • VM configurations are clumsy and hard to follow if you don't have much experience
Oracle's VirtualBox is a good tool if you don't want to invest in a whole testing infrastructure (server racks and so on) for a small to medium environment where you don't need to have everything up and running every time you need to test the smallest things. The fact that you can easily switch between VMs (one at a time or even with more than one on online state) is a big plus.
No
Tyler Twitchell | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Oracle VM VirtualBox is used to house VM's to test different applications on Virtual machines in order to validate functionality without the worry of compromising a real system and having to start over. We also use these VM's to obfuscate access to our production environments by first accessing a VM then connecting to a VPN from that virtual machine.
  • Running multiple VM's on a simple laptop or desktop
  • Making a backup of a VM to quickly roll back to a known good state
  • Easy deployment of various operating system types and configurations
  • Reporting is a little lacking
  • Network settings for VM's can be hard to find or understand for the casual user
Being able to build VM's to test different applications on Virtual machines in order to validate functionality without the worry of compromising a real system and having to start over is one of the greatest strengths of using an application like VirtualBox, and it does this well. The many options to create a VM of differing operating systems and functionality [make it] very simple and easy to do with this application.
No
Alejandro Daniel Copati | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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VirtualBox is the tool we use to generate virtual machines in development environments. Either as much as to run Windows or Linux from Mac OS, or Windows from Linux. We have the need to have computers with the possibility of running these operating systems since the programs that we use for the industry are not all multiplatform.
  • Easy set up
  • Supports multiple operating systems
  • Free software
  • Nice interface
  • A lot of control over the configuration of the virtual machine
  • Coherence mode (like in Parallels)
VirtualBox is an excellent option when it comes to virtualizing an operating system in an easy and safe way. Add controls on how much hardware of the host machine is going to be dedicated to the virtual one, configure which ports are accessible from each one, etc. However, like any virtual machine, if you need to use many of the hardware resources for the virtual machine, it is recommended to use a native installation of the virtual machine, since the performance of both (host and virtual) can be affected considerably.
No
Score 10 out of 10
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Oracle VM VirtualBox is being used across the development department, mostly to run training environments. This helps us prepare preconfigured VMs with all the tools our engineers need to complete their training at different levels throughout their careers. Providing these training environments was always a challenge before, and after trying cloud options to provide online instances of the training environment, we decided to create these VMs and give offline options on a as-needed basis for our employees and avoid costs from having a growing cloud server capacity.
  • Configuration is easy
  • Compatibility with Open Standards for VMs
  • Learning how to use it is very simple
  • Great features for communication with the host system makes it easy to share resources
  • Documentation about commonly used features should be more easily available
  • Having more examples of what's possible with the software would be great, maybe showcasing peculiar implementations from others and the problems they were able to solve
  • Maybe simplify common actions to be applied to multiple VMs at once
The most common scenarios for me where Oracle VM VirtualBox is well suited are when you want to create reusable resources and shared them on VMs for many users as a standalone solution and when you want to try things between different operating systems, you can opt for a VM to test things out without affecting the host system.
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I joined an Oracle user group in LinkedIn to be able to learn from others and be up to date with Oracle solutions and the implementation experiences that the community has. I have many times found out about learning resources and new oracle products through this group, and that motivates me to learn more and hopefully also share my knowledge in the future.
April 12, 2021

Fantastic and Free

Score 10 out of 10
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We used Oracle VM VirtualBox as a quick and simple way to virtualize and consolidate multiple compute servers onto a single server. It is an easier way to provide a proof of concept for virtualization than using a bare metal hypervisor with an admin machine. Once the concept successfully shows the benefits of virtualization and the advantages of consolidating to a lower server footprint, it is easier to sell virtualization. In addition, snapshots, software defined networking, and ability to access/share host resources make it easier to roll back/deploy changes to development, test, and QA environments. On top of all that, it is free to use.
  • Ability to easily share/access host resources; allows for development work on the host machine that can be easily transferred to the guest machines and vice versa.
  • Advanced bootup/bios options allow for a custom deployment scenario, test platform.
  • Full product and all options are free to use, unlimited.
  • Very small installation footprint and memory use.
  • Interface is clean, but could be more sleek.
  • Guest systems need to be shutdown in order to make edit any resources. This can be a bit disruptive. Not ideal for Production environments.
  • The add-on extensions can be a bit confusing and need to be updated separately. They should be bundled together with the main application to ease updates and keep current.
Ideal for use wherever a multi-OS guest environment is required, for system demos, or for development on different environments without having dedicated host systems for each environment. Best uses are for Dev/Test/QA.

Not necessarily the best option for production system as it is riding on another host. I prefer to have bare-metal hypervisor for reliability and less chance of corruption of host platform.
No
Satishbabu Gunukula, Oracle ACE | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Oracle VM VirtualBox is being used on an as-needed basis by one department only. It is being used when software is being developed on multi-platforms. Also it has capability of sharing file systems between the hosts, which allows the users to write the code and easily complile on multiple platforms.
  • Customization and dynamic sizing
  • Easy integration betweeen host and VM
  • It supports virtuliazation on major operating systems
  • Firstime setup will be challenging
  • Needs improvement with user interface
  • High resource utilization
Oracle VM VirtualBox is well suited for enterprise-level virtualization and really helps develop the software on multiplatforms.
Yes
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David McCann | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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VirtualBox is being used on an as-needed basis by engineers throughout the organization. The most common use-case is developers using Linux but needing some Windows features (such as Microsoft Teams, which isn't supported on Linux with govcloud). It can also be used in the case where software is being developed that's multi-platform. In this case, VirtualBox's capability of sharing file systems between the host and VM allows for easy compilation on multiple platforms, writing code on the host machine and having those changes instantly reflected in the virtual machine via file sharing.
  • Easy integration between host machine and VM window (mouse and keyboard capture, file sharing, etc.).
  • Support for many major operating systems.
  • Dynamic sizing of virtual hard drive space.
  • Easy integration of peripherals (USB, etc.).
  • Dynamic display resizing with window size changes.
  • The user interface feels a little dated.
  • For open-source operating systems, it would be nice if the ISO download process was automated, rather than requiring users download and provide the ISO themselves.
  • Installation of guest additions to the VM could be automated (or single-click opt-in).
It's great for personal use, effectively allowing a user to have "N operating systems on 1 box," but isn't appropriate for situations where the process of provisioning and configuring a new machine will happen repeatedly. For this, puppet, docker, or similar would be more appropriate. Another potential workflow would be where a user is only working with one operating system at a time, and changes between them are infrequent. For this, a boot manager such as grub would be more appropriate.
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Score 7 out of 10
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Oracle VM VirtualBox is being used by various clients for a combination of different uses. The main use is simple virtualization of Windows in a production environment. These virtual machine are typical single-use machines (e.g., running a specific database or server software), that don't require too many resources. In addition, Oracle VM VirtualBox is used as both a test bed for different pieces of software and operating systems and as an easy way to experiment with virtualization.
  • It supports virtualization of many, many different operating systems, including Windows and a plethora of Linux variants
  • It provides a large amount of customization to emulate different types of hardware
  • Its licensing terms are very generous
  • Its cost to entry is fantastic in that it is free
  • While free, it is very unpolished with numerous interface quirks and general lack of user friendliness
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox's virtualization technology is relatively slow compared to competitors (VMWare, Hyper-V, Parallels, etc.)
  • Abysmal GPU performance under virtual machines
Oracle VM VirtualBox is very well suited for low-profile virtual machines that are not doing much heavy lifting, and is ideally suited for virtualizing databases that can be run in a headless mode. On the other hand, Oracle VM VirtualBox is not good for running any kind of VM that requires extreme or even just good performance, and especially any VM that requires adequate GPU support.
No
Score 9 out of 10
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As an Admin IT I use VirtualBox to test a lot of things. Whether it be for a windows machine or a linux machine, it gets used a lot. It allows me to test several things in a virtual setting instead of our actual machines. This way if anything goes wrong it isn't messing with our systems.
  • Can test software in a virtual setting
  • Storage can be changed dynamically
  • USB ports and ethernet can be used
  • Can be difficult to set up for first timers
  • Can be slow at tiems
In the IT world there are several times were software or other things need to be tested and virtual box gives users a perfect setting to test them without harming or changing settings on other machines. It doesn't have good mac support since apple makes that difficult, but windows and linux work great.
No
Scott Sokolik | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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We use Oracle VM VirtualBox to run several virtual machines built with different operating systems. For example, we have legacy software that requires Windows XP to run. For this we have a Windows XP virtual machine that we run through Oracle VM VirtualBox.
  • Interface to system ports (USB, ethernet, com)
  • Ability to change storage dynamically
  • Ability to set up a saved storage space to share files between virtual machine and host system
  • Adding legacy ports such as LPT require a script that is run via a command prompt. It would be easier to have this enabled through main window interface.
Well suited for any virtual machine that does not require use of legacy LPT port.
No
Score 9 out of 10
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Oracle VM VirtualBox is being heavily used to recreate network designs on servers for both troubleshooting purposes as well as deployment scenarios. VMs are generally created to host applications or programs that act as the building blocks for network, which are then imported into GNS3 for laying out the foundation of the network topology. Using such a solution allows the company to save on resources and makes better use of the available resources on the Server stack.
  • Optimal utilization of system resources, which in turn does not slow down your computer considerably.
  • Immensely popular among developers and students since it is free.
  • A well laid out user interface displaying all the VMs and giving details on each of them when selected.
  • For first timers it can be challenging.
  • Lacks in documentation because of it being open-source.
  • Redundant configuration for new VMs could be reduced by providing a universal configuration tool.
VirtualBox is well suited in the following environments:
  • Organizations that are resource constrained.
  • Organizations that want to get full utilization of server capacity can use the platform. Since it is free to download and use.
  • Universities use the platform to educate students on the basics of virtualization as well as for assignments.
  • Organizations that have a low or strict budget use virtualization to reduce the costs.
No
Score 10 out of 10
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It might be used across the organization, but the only use I'm familiar with is in my department. We use VirtualBox so that students can work on platforms other than the ones that their computers natively support.
  • Easy to use virtualization.
  • Nice tool for teaching.
  • Easy updates.
  • Wide range of client operating systems.
  • Occasional slow performance (but not very often).
  • There's always room for a more friendly user experience.
VirtualBox is an indispensable tool for teaching Computer Science courses of all kinds at the college level. Most recently, I used VirtualBox to run a toy operating system in my OS course. Without VirtualBox (or a product like VirtualBox) students would have had to install the toy operating system directly "on the metal" on their computers. This would have been both inconvenient and a bit dangerous. In other courses, students get to learn to use operating systems that they would otherwise not have access to. In still other courses, VirtualBox provides a common image that all students, regardless of their laptop's platform, can use.
Yes
I'm a co-leader of the New York JavaSIG and the New Jersey ACGNJ Java User Group. Meeting with others to learn about technologies is essential. There's no better way to keep up with changes and new developments.
Score 10 out of 10
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It is being used more at the department level than across the whole organization. It is really up to individual departments to decide if they want to use VirtualBox for managing VM's. It addresses the business problem of having a VM management all-in-one-solution that can manage most platforms in use today (e.g. Windows, MacOS, Linux, etc.) Some solutions don't offer support for most all platforms, or some are more problematic when it comes to managing the wide array of platforms out there.
  • One thing it does really well is the actual interface (home screen) of the management console. It is well laid out as far as showing you the VM's you have installed and giving information on each of those VM's (such as General information, System Information, etc.).
  • Another good feature of VirtualBox is it generally doesn't use a whole lot of system resources for the most part, and generally won't slow down a computer too much while it is in use.
  • One thing that could be worked on is improving how the program affects system resources when running multiple VM's at the same time. For the most part, running just 1 VM doesn't tax system resources too much, but if you run multiple VM's, you may experience system slowdowns or other performance issues.
  • Another improvement can be made in how VirtualBox detects the host system to determine whether the host is 32-bit or 64-bit. My experience was that the application came back saying my system didn't have a 64-bit processor, but in fact it did, and it was running the 64-bit OS.
It is well suited for organizations that are looking for a low cost, or no cost, VM management solution. Some other commercial solutions can get quite expensive, but the best thing about VirtualBox is it's free. Also, it is well suited to environments that have a lot of different platforms (e.g. Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.) running, or where users are all using different platforms

It is less suited in environments that want to have access to many different channels of support, such as phone, web, email. As an end-user, with VirtualBox, you pretty much have online/KB articles to refer to for help/support with the product, and also a Community forum for getting help/feedback from other users of VirtualBox.
No
Nate Dillon | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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My department mostly uses Oracle VM VirtualBox for running virtual machines from the command line with Vagrant, and VirtualBox is free to use and available on several different platforms. We use virtual machines for all of our development because this enables us to more closely match the servers used in our production environment.
  • Works well with Vagrant.
  • Runs other operating systems as a virtual machine, like Windows or Linux.
  • Not the best user interface.
  • Not the best at running Windows in a VM.
Oracle VM VirtualBox works great if you just need a simple virtual machine provider for use with Vagrant. It also works well if you need to run another operating system in a VM and you don't care too much about nice host OS integrations. Other VM software can get kind of expensive, and VirtualBox is a pretty good option if you don't want to spend any money. If you are looking for the best experience running Windows in a VM, then I would recommend looking elsewhere.
No
Score 9 out of 10
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Virtual box is used by several teams across the organization. In my case, as I'm a cybersecurity specialist, I use it on a daily basis to create temporary VMs to test exploits and payloads. Some other teams also use temporary VMs for malware analysis.
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to customize the VMs
  • Low resource consumption
  • Better support for GPU intensive VMs
In my case, I only use VirtualBox for temporary VMs, and I can say they are perfect for that. I haven't used it to permanent VMs or big applications.
No
November 22, 2019

Love at first install

Score 9 out of 10
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Virtual box helped me in the evaluation of guest operating systems such as Kali Linux and Backbox Linux before I chose to stay with Kali Linux. I had to choose these between this software for penetration testing of a certain product that we were rolling out into the market.
  • 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
  • Oracle should find a way to put sound on these operating systems without having to download guest OS add-ons
  • When putting a flash, Oracle should pick that the flash has been inserted to the new OS and not have to go back and add it to the filters
Oracle Virtual Box is very well suited when one wants to use an operating system that they have but cannot install it on their computer, either for security or because they do not have space. One can create a virtual hard disk and continue to use it without problems as any other hard disk.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We used Oracle VM VirtualBox to support users across our whole organization. It was helpful to troubleshoot issues and assist users with technical issues and resolving any other problems before pushing it to development.
  • Cross-platform functionality
  • Utilize multiple VMs on a host-only network
  • Very user-friendly
  • When setting up an environment with different OSs for testing cross-OSs testing, this software was utilized.
  • When multiple guests were utilizing it, it was easy to set up.
  • everyone can run the same build scripts when an environment changes.
As the environment changes or needs updating, everyone is able to run the same script. It allows us to quickly develop and test in various standardized environments on our own PCs.
No
Score 9 out of 10
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Oracle VM VirtualBox has been chosen as a default virtualization solution in our organization. Depending on the department that is using it the business use cases are very different. However, our customer support center is where the VirtualBox is most often used, mainly for running images received from different users to confirm the issues reported on production environments.
  • Running OS images from multiple environments on a single system.
  • Broad storage support with advanced storage emulation features.
  • Ability to seamlessly run virtualized applications together with normal OS native applications.
  • Shared clipboard could be working better for live CD images.
  • Snapshots do not allow us to adjust network adapter settings.
Oracle VM VirtualBox works very well for the majority of use cases that I can think of. Simplicity and ease of use are among VirtualBox's main highlights. Licensing model suits our organization very well, however, Extension Pack can be problematic since it is closed-source licensed. The experimental support for Mac OS guest makes VirtualBox less appropriate for running it on non-Apple hardware.
No
Score 9 out of 10
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Our testing and core engineering teams are collaboratively using Oracle VM VirtualBox to test the performance and quality of our various standalone applications on different operating systems. When creating applications that run on a consumer's system locally, there is a great deal of uncertainty on whether the given application will work under all types of environments such as type of OS, OS architecture, amount of hardware resources, etc. We are using Oracle VM VirtualBox to eliminate these uncertainties.
  • Shared Clipboard between host and virtualized OS. Not only can you copy/paste text, but you can also drag-and-drop files between OS.
  • Great Support for USB Devices. Unlike many other alternatives out there, none of them rival VirtualBox in the amount of supported USB Devices.
  • Unlimited Number of Snapshots. From my own experience, VirtualBox is the only virtualization solution that supports an unlimited number of saved snapshots.
  • High CPU and Memory Utilization. Even when running on more than capable hardware, Oracle VM VirtualBox uses and excessive amount of resources, slowing the host OS down.
  • Poor 3D Graphics Support. The amount of settings and features related to enhancing graphics in general is fairly limited for VirtualBox.
  • PCIe Passthrough functionality is quite buggy. Many other alternatives have fully implemented this, but VirtualBox has yet to do so.
Oracle VM VirtualBox is the best solution out there when it comes to enterprise-level virtualization. It is well-suited for most scenarios, unless you require extreme performance or advanced DirectX or OpenGL graphics in your use-case. If you need to cluster your virtualization environments together, you probably want to use VMWare.
No
Gledson Rodrigues | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We use the software in our NOC, as a laboratory, to conduct tests and train staff in new network technologies. This helps us to predict future problems and improve our infrastructure.
  • Compatibility with various operating systems. I can create VMs with different systems.
  • In our case, we work a lot of equipment operating systems like routers and switches, without any problem.
  • The merge, we set up scenarios with different systems and we get connectivity, all talking to simulate different situations.
  • The robustness of the system allows us to work with great scenarios.
  • It is not about where to improve in the solution, it is robust and if the user does not have reasonable hardware, you will not be able to work much on it. So it's more about the user side, the VMs weight.
As I've mentioned, proper scenarios are NOCs, laboratories that need both virtualization and test environments, and that have a reasonable infrastructure.
Smaller environments, with more basic hardware, cannot take good advantage of what the solution has to offer.
Kenneth Hess | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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A lot of people across the organization use it for various reasons but mostly for testing and development. It's a quick and cost-free way to test scripts, programs, and new techniques without fear of damaging other systems. Virtual machines can be created or destroyed at will and no one is impacted except the virtual machine owner. It's a great way to test and work locally on something even before taking the test scenario or code to a multi-user system.
  • It runs a variety of operating systems and versions of operating systems.
  • It has no fees, subscriptions, or other costs associated with it.
  • One can quickly build, pause, or remove a virtual machine within minutes for testing.
  • It allows you to access the Internet and other network equipment without fear of direct attacks by using NAT.
  • I'd prefer an easier, background upgrade process without the nag dialog window.
  • I'd like to be able to set global settings so that I don't have to configure them each time I install a new VM.
VirtualBox is well suited for test and development. It is handy because you can build VMs in a variety of formats and port them to other systems running VirtualBox and use them with other virtualization technologies. It is not suited for production business use but only as a workstation test solution.
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October 04, 2019

Best Option for the Cost

Score 9 out of 10
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We currently use VirtualBox for both production and non-production environments. In production, it supports an application that is rarely used. In non-production, we use to extensively test applications and new software. Historically, I have found VirtualBox invaluable for any testing I can think of for I.T. matters. It has provided a safe environment that was affordable for extensive testing.
  • Cost
  • Ease of use
  • Ease of deployment
  • Innovation
  • Enterprise use in production environments
  • Support
  • Training
VirtualBox is hands down the best option for test/non-production I.T. environments. It is trivial to install. From there, it is the easiest of any virtualization product when it comes to creating VMs. VirtualBox has always been simple and straightforward. If you encounter a problem, it's very easy to delete the VM and start all over again with minimal time lost.
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October 03, 2019

VirtualBox is a gift!

Christopher Boyd | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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I use VirtualBox to spin up Linux VMs in my day job and recommend it to my students for building VMs on their various systems.

VirtualBox is what first allowed me to learn about VMs, and eventually Linux, without having to worry about having dedicated hardware or about quickly putting up and tearing down a whole computer's OS. I use VirtualBox today for build pipelines (software and game dev on Linux) as well as a testbed for software I'm getting ready to deploy on my company's servers, such as automation scripts or cron jobs. It also is great for working on local web dev tasks without having to be connecting to the internet and a real server.
  • Very simple and easy to understand. I'm able to pass this application on to my students and colleagues and they have no trouble getting their bearings and setting up VMs.
  • Quick to launch VMs and the UI (both the app and the overlay when working in a VM) are simple and make it easy to get things done while also staying out of my way.
  • It feels like a product that should cost a lot. It works well and is maintained. I've never had any problems with it.
  • The downside to the simple design is that some people are turned off by this and assume it's not a good application.
For anyone who needs to be able to quickly spin up VMs with little fanfare, VirtualBox is great. For people new to VMs, or wanting to try out a new OS, VirtualBox tries to adopt the most sensical default options when starting a VM. Unlike past versions where I'd have issues, as of writing the current version is excellent at getting my video card, audio, and internet setup so that it simply works with the VM and the OS I'm setting up.
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