Compare Oracle VM VirtualBox vs. VMware vSphere

Oracle VM VirtualBox is ranked 5th in Server Virtualization Software with 13 reviews while VMware vSphere is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 80 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 and Proxmox VE, whereas VMware vSphere is most compared with KVM, Proxmox VE and Nutanix Acropolis. See our Oracle VM VirtualBox vs. VMware vSphere report.
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Pros
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.The most valuable aspects of the solution were the support and performance of the product and the flexibility it gives you to work.

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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.Production people can quickly reboot the server with ESXi Quick Boot.The most valuable feature is vSAN, as it reduces the cost of SAN storage and maintenance.We are able to patch our hosts during production hours with the ability to keep services running.We are able to create virtual machines and move them from one host to another, controlling the resources.The most valuable feature is its ability to revert to previous snapshots during testing of various guest and application deployments.It helps to automate the data replication and DR (disaster recovery).Using vSphere we have virtualized over one thousand servers and this gave us management, cost and datacenter space advantages.

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Cons
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.The solution has to do a better job of promoting the product and its licensing capabilities.

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I would like to see VMware vSphere provide a centralized patch service on the VMware level, regardless of your operating systems.I would like more Amazon stuff inside of VMware.Reporting on vCenter needs to be improved.Get the HTML5 client to 100% parity to replace the Flash client.Generally, the user interface needs to be improved for non-technical people.Two improvements that I would like to see are higher resolution console modes for guests and easier switching between consoles.I feel that the scalability of the solution should be improved.Although vSphere is a nearly perfect product, it does need a little improvement. Datacenter and Cluster structure should be mixed so that the management of clusters would be easier.

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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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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.VMware is costly versus other competitors but is still one of the market leaders and expanding now with partners like AWS.The licensing fees are on a yearly basis.VMware does provide organizations with discounts. The customer service license fee we got discounts on from the supplier in order for us to get the best out of the license fees. That's our experience. We possibly paid less than our partner company. The partner is only local and not global like our firm.The pricing is a bit complex.

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Overview

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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Sample Customers
Airbus, Colorado State University, SCS Africa, Wolf Medical Systems.Abu Dhabi Ports Company, ACS, AIA New Zealand, Consona, Corporate Express, CS Energy, and Digiweb.
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm21%
Manufacturing Company11%
Aerospace/Defense Firm11%
Software R&D Company11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company30%
Comms Service Provider13%
Media Company11%
K 12 Educational Company Or School7%
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Financial Services Firm12%
Energy/Utilities Company10%
Retailer9%
Manufacturing Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company27%
Comms Service Provider12%
Media Company9%
Manufacturing Company8%
Company Size
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Small Business34%
Midsize Enterprise37%
Large Enterprise29%
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Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise47%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise54%
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