Oracle VM VirtualBox Competitors and Alternatives

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JO
Server Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
Good high availability, easy to scale, and pretty stable overall

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for everything Microsoft-related for the most part. I would say our visualization platform is about 99.5% of all our workload from a Microsoft point of view

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution has high availability."
  • "The biggest pain point is probably the firmware management of the underlying hardware. It could be a lot better."

What other advice do I have?

We're just customers. We are a little behind the latest version, which I believe is 7.1. We're using 6.5 for the most part. We still have a little bit of a legacy in 5.5, however, that is just hardware related. It doesn't support the newer version. We trying to rectify that as soon as possible. I would recommend the solution to other companies. Overall, I would rate the solution nine out of ten.
System Engineer at NoBoring Lda
Real User
Top 20
Open Source Virtualization that works with Linux

What is our primary use case?

I am using this solution in my home lab because I don't know this solution well enough to put it into production. I have many clients, and by putting KVM into production it would require several changes, which would require more experience. In the meantime, I will continue to use VMware and ESXi. I use both on-premises and cloud-based deployment models. I typically use this solution on the cloud because I have many dedicated servers. However, I also use it on low-powered hardware machines, like old laptops, to create a firewall, access the router, or use as an access point.

Pros and Cons

  • "I like that this is an open-source solution. It is very powerful, and it's easy."
  • "The virtual manager and the graphical QEMU for KVM need some improvement."

What other advice do I have?

You can virtualize anything now, but in my experience, they are good for Linux and Unix systems. I have also used Windows. Even if you are using another platform hypervisor, as I do with VMware, you may get yourself in a situation where you want to install the KVM or at least the key tools. You can access RAM drives, or broken virtual hard drives, or migrate them to another type of hard drive. KVM is very complete, it is very powerful, but people are used to graphical QEMU and that is an issue. The solution performs well and has many tools. It offers everything that all other paid versions…
ST
Founder at a retailer with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 5
Easy to set up and deploy, but the virtual network manager could be improved

What is our primary use case?

We are just exploring the possibilities to see if it was a better alternative to VirtualBox, for running on a Windows host.

What needs improvement?

I think the setup for the Virtual Network Manager could be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have only just started using this solution. It's been one to two weeks. I am using the version with Windows 10 Pro.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's too early to tell at the moment. We are still new to using Hyper-V.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have not yet explored this area. At the moment, I am the only user.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not contacted technical support.

Which solution did I use

RW
Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Consultant
A solution that offers poor manageability, poor shared storage implementation, and needs better support

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for Citrix worker resources.

What is most valuable?

The price is the solution's most valuable feature.

What needs improvement?

The manageability of the solution needs improvement. It's an extremely bad product to handle.  The solution needs to offer better implementation of shared storage.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for ten years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is not stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable.  I don't like the cluster functionality, but it's scalable. You can put a new service inside, and it works. The only thing is the shared storage, which does not have a good…
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