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The solution is very convenient and easy to use.This is a good and easy solution for running virtual environments.This product is extremely easy to install, use, has a great GUI and is incredibly stable.The initial setup was straightforward.The most valuable feature is the ability to copy bidirectionally between the desktop and the virtual machine.This solution can be used on many different platforms including Windows and Linux.The solution is very stable.I think VirtualBox has good stability because I use it in an environment with several resolutions.

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We are able to patch our hosts during production hours with the ability to keep services running.Its DR facility is good. Within a moment, data can be retrieve from another physical location over the Internet. The speed to recover data is good.The ability of a running VM to be quickly relocated to another hypervisor or launched at another site via replicated storage greatly reduces downtime.The most valuable feature is the VDP Backup solution.The vMotion in particular I think is the most valuable because this feature provides migrations of virtual machines in case you want to run do maintenance.It has allowed us to be more resilient to infrastructure and hardware failure, reduced hardware costs, and decreased recovery time from failures.The free ESXi hypervisor was a great way to get started, as it allowed us to introduce virtual machines so that users could start to experience the advantages.Production people can quickly reboot the server with ESXi Quick Boot.

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The solution needs to improve the methods used for starting and stopping the machine.This should have better support for multiple network cards and some parts of the GUI should be improved.It could improve slightly with enhanced reporting capabilities that show the current status of the network.The solution needs to improve its flexibility. It's not as flexible as VMware.It should have the functionality where if I move the mouse away from one screen, the context changes automatically.The user interface needs to be improved.The solution should have more enterprise features, like migration, high availability storage, disaster recovery, and the ability to deploy to enterprise-scale usage. They should not just offer desktop usage.The technical support needs to improve.

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Get the HTML5 client to 100% parity to replace the Flash client.OS templates should be readily available, so there is no need to get an OS separately. Only the activation part should be different, which is not presently available due to the need to get the OS from a different location, then create VMs.The ability to run ARM based VMs on an x86 platform for testing purposes. With the growing use of SBCs running on ARM architectures for IoT devices, it would be very useful if developers could build and deploy VMs running operating systems like Raspbian used on Raspberry Pi devices on their existing x86 ESXi environments. Even if this is not possible through some form of emulation, the ability to add ARM hypervisors to vSphere environments would be very useful. This will enable more rapid development cycles for customers just getting started with IoT but already existing vSphere users.I would like to see better fault and performance reporting in the GUI.I would like to see VMware vSphere provide a centralized patch service on the VMware level, regardless of your operating systems.Reducing the cost of vSphere would be an improvement.It would be great if the free version included a management tool that was a scaled-down vCenter Manager.I would like more Amazon stuff inside of VMware.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Everything is free within limitations. Once you go over a certain level of usage you have to license the product.The product is free to use.Pricing does not apply for us, we do not have to pay for the service.It is a very cost-effective solution.

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VMware is costly versus other competitors but is still one of the market leaders and expanding now with partners like AWS.You will find the cost is reasonably cheaper.Do not buy based on price alone. Many of my customers chose the lowest cost option only to discover that the additional funds needed to access even a few more features would have been money well spent. Likewise, if you are going to spend more money on additional features, then have a plan to actually deploy and integrate those features into your infrastructure. Many customers never take full advantage of the many features that they are paying for and that can be avoided by being proactive in developing your overall vision for the infrastructure.The license of VMware is a one-time payment and you can continue to enroll in support for troubleshooting and also administer the licenses.The price is high, but you get back a lot.Our ROI is good.There is an average performance boost, especially if you use VM encryption inside the VMware with another product, like McAfee. You will see great improvement in these cases.The licensing fees are on a yearly basis.

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Oracle VM Virtualbox is a cross-platform virtualizer for x86 servers and desktops, and is also for embedded usage. With this product, you can run multiple operating systems on a single machine, all at the same time, making it a powerful tool to test, develop, demonstrate and deploy solutions.

Oracle VM Virtualbox is a professional solution that is also freely available as Open Source Software. It is for both enterprise and home use. This x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization software is high performing and rich in features. 

Oracle VM Virtualbox currently runs on Windows, Linux, Solaris and Macintosh. It also supports many guest operating systems, such as Windows, DOX/Windows 3. Linux, OS/2, OpenBSD, Solaris and OpenSolaris.

For more information on Oracle VM VirtualBox, visit Oracle.com

VMware vSphere is the leading server virtualization platform with consistent management for virtual data centers.

Deliver business value from day one with powerful server virtualization, breakthrough availability, safe automated management and intelligent operational insight that adapts to your environment. Automate workload placement and resource optimization based on preset customizable templates.

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Find out what your peers are saying about Oracle VM VirtualBox vs. VMware vSphere and other solutions. Updated: July 2020.
431,790 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Oracle VM VirtualBox is ranked 5th in Server Virtualization Software with 14 reviews while VMware vSphere is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 79 reviews. Oracle VM VirtualBox is rated 8.0, while VMware vSphere is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Oracle VM VirtualBox writes "Fast, very easy to use, and is rock-solid stable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSphere writes "Makes Resources Available & Services More Reliable". Oracle VM VirtualBox is most compared with KVM, Hyper-V, Proxmox VE, VMware Workstation and Oracle VM, whereas VMware vSphere is most compared with KVM, Proxmox VE, Nutanix Acropolis, Oracle VM and OpenVZ. See our Oracle VM VirtualBox vs. VMware vSphere report.

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