Compare Oracle VM VirtualBox vs. VMware Workstation

Oracle VM VirtualBox is ranked 5th in Server Virtualization Software with 13 reviews while VMware Workstation is ranked 4th in Virtual Desktop with 1 review. Oracle VM VirtualBox is rated 8.0, while VMware Workstation is rated 10.0. 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 Workstation writes "Desktop virtualization for testing that is easy to use and offers helpful snapshot functionality". Oracle VM VirtualBox is most compared with KVM, Hyper-V, Proxmox VE, Citrix Hypervisor and VMware vSphere, whereas VMware Workstation is most compared with Hyper-V, VMware vSphere, VMware Horizon View, KVM and Proxmox VE.
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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 most valuable feature is the snapshot. It allows you to return to where you were, even a week later.

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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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At times, it suddenly requires more RAM to boot up than it did the day before.

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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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I am not aware of what the annual fees are, it's handled by another department. However, if I had to guess then I would say $200.00.

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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.

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VMware Workstation transforms the way technical professionals develop, test, demonstrate and deploy software by running multiple x86-based operating systems simultaneously on the same PC. Built on 15 years of virtualization excellence and winner of more than 50 industry awards, VMware Workstation takes desktop virtualization to the next level by giving users an unmatched operating system support, rich user experience and incredible performance.
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Sample Customers
Airbus, Colorado State University, SCS Africa, Wolf Medical Systems.Akademiska Hus
Top Industries
Financial Services Firm21%
Aerospace/Defense Firm11%
Manufacturing Company11%
Software R&D Company11%
Software R&D Company35%
Comms Service Provider16%
Media Company8%
K 12 Educational Company Or School8%
Software R&D Company30%
Comms Service Provider11%
Manufacturing Company8%
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