Virtual Box, The virtualization made easy
November 04, 2016

Virtual Box, The virtualization made easy

Miguel Angel Merino Vega | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Oracle VM VirtualBox

We use virtualization software throughout our company. From developers, analysts, implementers and support staff. It is really useful to have virtualized infrastructure saving us purchase equipment, and above all that can simulate conditions of our customers where incidents occur.

Pros

  • Adaptive learning curve. Probably the best platform to learn the concept of virtualization.
  • Closely mimics the features of its major competitors free of charge. Its open source.
  • High compatibility between host platforms and multiple possibilities to virtualize

Cons

  • Support and documentation is not as wide as your competition, especially when running machines with unusual drivers.
  • If it is not used on a host with sufficient resources, can cause major lag problems.
  • Virtualization scenarios and equipment saves a lot of money in the acquisition and support of physical equipment. If we had to purchase equipment for each particular scenario we want to simulate, acquisition costs would be at least 3 times higher at the end of the year.
VM VirtualBox is the best free option on the market. While VMware Workstation can offer better performance than VM Virtualbox, it has a price. The alternative that VMware offers for free virtualization is VMware Player, but offers many fewer features, and falls far short compared to VM VirtualBox. The difference is that VirtualBox is a complete and mature product, while VMware Player is just a basic tool. Hyper-V turn stands in performance, but has a limited field of use.
If you are learning to virtualize or not you have a good budget, Virtual Box is the alternative for you. Also, if you want a platform to quickly virtualize a team given a specific requirement, Virtual Box can be helpful. If you have the budget and require a supreme performance, you could opt for more demanding alternatives,although this does not mean that Virtualbox can not offer very similar results.

Oracle VM VirtualBox Feature Ratings

Virtual machine automated provisioning
8
Management console
10
Live virtual machine backup
7
Live virtual machine migration
7
Hypervisor-level security
9

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