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Pros
"The scalability of the solution is very good.""The most valuable aspects of the solution were the support and performance of the product and the flexibility it gives you to work.""The solution's most valuable feature is its stability.""I think VirtualBox has good stability because I use it in an environment with several resolutions.""The solution is very stable.""The initial setup was straightforward.""This solution can be used on many different platforms including Windows and Linux.""The most valuable feature is the ability to copy bidirectionally between the desktop and the virtual machine."

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"I haven't faced any inconveniences working with this solution. It is very easy to use."

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Cons
"The solution should work to simplify the system. However, it should be flexible enough to allow for special cases.""The solution has to do a better job of promoting the product and its licensing capabilities.""Oracle needs to improve its hot virtual machine migration. It didn't work as intended. It should allow us to migrate between virtual machines, without stopping the database.""The technical support needs to improve.""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 solution needs to improve its flexibility. It's not as flexible as VMware.""The user interface needs to be improved.""It should have the functionality where if I move the mouse away from one screen, the context changes automatically."

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"The price should be reduced."

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"The product is free to use.""Everything is free within limitations. Once you go over a certain level of usage you have to license the product.""It is pretty good for the price, which is free.""This is an open-source product and it can be used free of charge."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The pause feature is valuable. I can pause, which is something that not all hypervisors allow. The snapshot feature is also valuable.
Top Answer: This is an open-source product and it can be used free of charge.
Top Answer: It would be good if we could use Hyper-V Windows subsystems with Linux and VirtualBox on the same instance. Currently, to be able to use VirtualBox, we have to restart the machine into an instance of… more »
Top Answer: I haven't faced any inconveniences working with this solution. It is very easy to use.
Top Answer: The price should be reduced. Visio stencils must be made available for technical documentation.
Top Answer: Our primary use case for VMware Workstation is testing. We also provide some online services on VMware ESXi.
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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 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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Airbus, Colorado State University, SCS Africa, Wolf Medical Systems.
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Financial Services Firm17%
Manufacturing Company13%
University13%
Aerospace/Defense Firm8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider41%
Computer Software Company20%
Educational Organization6%
Media Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider29%
Computer Software Company22%
Government6%
Manufacturing Company6%
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Small Business37%
Midsize Enterprise33%
Large Enterprise30%
REVIEWERS
Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise38%
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Oracle VM VirtualBox is ranked 5th in Server Virtualization Software with 15 reviews while VMware Workstation is ranked 4th in Virtual Desktop with 1 review. Oracle VM VirtualBox is rated 7.8, while VMware Workstation is rated 8.0. 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 "Very usable with great virtualization ". Oracle VM VirtualBox is most compared with KVM, Proxmox VE, Hyper-V, Citrix Hypervisor and IBM PowerVM, whereas VMware Workstation is most compared with VMware vSphere, Hyper-V, VMware Horizon View, KVM and VMware Workspace ONE.

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