VirtualBox for Desktop VMs
November 18, 2016

VirtualBox for Desktop VMs

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Oracle VM VirtualBox

VirtualBox is being used by developers in our company to simulate environments different from their own for testing and day to day work.
  • VirtualBox is very good at running both Windows and Linux environments.
  • VirtualBox makes it very easy and straightforward to configure a system to mimic specific hardware scenarios.
  • Simulating a Mac environment is somewhat challenging.
  • VirtualBox uses a fair amount of memory so local hardware requirements are higher than normally required.
  • The positive impact VirtualBox has had for our business is to allow developers to use whatever tools they prefer regardless of their local environment.
  • Another positive impact is providing a way for a tester to QA our products in a range of environment before deployment.
I'm not aware of any products that truly rival VirtualBox for producing desktop environments, but for producing a headless testing environment, such as a Linux server, products like Docker and Vagrant seem to be more applicable.
If a colleague had a need to run a VM with a GUI I would recommend VirtualBox very highly, but for headless VM there are better options.

Oracle VM VirtualBox Feature Ratings

Virtual machine automated provisioning
Not Rated
Management console
Live virtual machine backup
Live virtual machine migration
Hypervisor-level security
Not Rated