Oracle VM VirtualBox Review

Awesome Virtualization Software developed by Sun Microsystems


Valuable Features:

OracleVM is an excellent alternative to Virtual PC and other client-side virtualization tools.It's mostly open source, and supplies the ability to run virtualized OS's from a lightweight and incredibly user friendly environment.It provides comparable features to other solutions that target the same market, and goes above and beyond in some aspects.Like I said in one of my other reviews, one of the biggest "sellers" for this software, is that it's free. You really cant beat free from a price perspective.

Room for Improvement:

Even with the "add-ons" tools that come with OracleVM, some features that are available in other solutions, are simply not there.One mentioned in another review, is the dragging and dropping of files between host and VM. Another major issue, is that you technically cannot use this software to host a remotely accessible virtual machine without using alternative access software such as VNC or RDP, depending on your virtualized OS.Back when I started using OracleVM, Sun Microsystems was a separate company and it was called Virtualbox. I stopped using it for one reason and one reason only, because Oracle closed off portions of the code, creating an OSE (open source edition) and a CSE (closed source edition) of the software.

Other Advice:

This pushed me away, as it used to be wholly open source.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
2 Comments
Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employeesConsultant

Nice review,

Yes Oracle VM is one of the best tool which supports server visualizations. It supports windows, Linux and its various distributions like ubuntu and solaris from oracle itself. Oracle VM is quite easy to use and provides intuitive interface which is also self explanatory for the users with little technical knowledge.

13 July 13
Project Manager at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employeesConsultantTOP REVIEWER

Nice Post !! Please advise what additional features can we get in CSE (closed source edition) which are not available in OSE (open source edition) ?

08 September 13
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