Oracle VM VirtualBox Review

I've used VMWarePlayer and VirutalPC but decided on VM Virtualbox for support of Snapshot and Linux


What is most valuable?

Snapshot

How has it helped my organization?

Building a sandbox to evaluate the new feature and scrape after tested

What needs improvement?

Overhead of Memory and CPU resource

For how long have I used the solution?

More than 6 years (since VirtualBox 1.6)

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Not particularly

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

New release may experience stability issues with a new guest OS such as Windows 8

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Due to memory overhead, I would not suggest creating more than 6 VM instances per one physical platform

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: Moderate (3/5)Technical Support: Moderate (3/5)

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

VMWarePlayer - no support of Snapshot VirutalPC - unstable and no support for Linux

How was the initial setup?

Pretty easy

What about the implementation team?

In-house team

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Minimal - because the setup was straightforward and operation is easy

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

VMWarePlayer VirtualPC

What other advice do I have?

Community support is the best source for implementation assistance
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarit_user4401 (Developer at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees)
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As you said, the main pro of VM VirtualBox is that it supports a wide range of operating systems, like Windows, Mac OS X, Solaris and Linux. Also this tools is free, easy to use and fast. The main cons are that VirtualBox does not have drag-and-drop between host and guest desktops, and the shared folders are complicated to set up.

author avatarit_user266652 (docente at a university)
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uso VirtualBox para experiencias en la cátedra de Sistemas Operativos