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Werner-Schonborn
Real User
Product Specialist at Schoemans Offcie Systems (Pty) Ltd
Oct 20 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for me is the ease-of-use. With the GUI, it is easy to set up things and configure new things intuitively. It is a very good interface. VirtualBox is not as feature-rich as VMware, but the GUI from VirtualBox more… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has contributed to the flexibility that we have running our network.

What needs improvement?

We are currently on version 5.1.38 but we are definitely going to upgrade to version 6. Some of what I would like to see in the future may already be in that release. For me, it would be great to have a function where I can teleport from… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The product is absolutely free to use.

What other advice do I have?

The VirtualBox solution is an absolute gem of a product. I definitely recommend this product to other people because it's super stable and easy to install and use. The only thing you need to ensure on your server is that you have sufficient… more»
EdwardNjari
Real User
IT Manager at a non-tech company with 51-200 employees
Oct 28 2019

What is most valuable?

The thing is I like is the simplicity in Linux when I'm using the Oracle VirtualBox. In terms of networking, it doesn't need any special configuration, especially when working with Linux. The other thing I like about it is being able to share folders. It makes life very easy to transfer things from… more»

What needs improvement?

The product needs better support for multiple network cards. That is the major area that sometimes it can be a bit of a mess to configure multiple network cards to communicate well with each other. That's the major thing for me. Another thing I've run into is that it would be nice on Oracle if you… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Right now I am mainly using the free versions of the solutions. I'm not ready to spend a lot because I don't have too many machines. I do not qualify to be charged yet. So I've never worried too much about the pricing because most of my pricing is academic for the machines at school. But even being… more»

What other advice do I have?

On a scale of one to ten where ten is the best, I would rate this product as a nine. I recommend it, especially for people who are beginners because most things they will want to use will virtually be plug-and-play. It's click-and-use. I would recommend it to those people who are beginners. Because… more»
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Ignacio Salom
Consultant
Senior Principal Consultant with 1-10 employees
Dec 14 2018

What is most valuable?

It is great for creating test environments.

How has it helped my organization?

The features that VirtualBox offers me are the same as VMware or Hyper-V. They create a snapshot of virtual machines so you can create test environments. You can go back to the original machine and you don't have to reinstall and do all of… more»

What needs improvement?

The user interface I find to be lacking. If you compare it with VMware or Hyper-V, you have lots of room for improvement. I think that VirtualBox should be more user-friendly.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing does not apply for us, we do not have to pay for the service.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I do use Hyper-V and VMware. But, if you are using VMware for your desktop, and you want a management consult, you have to pay for it and it's pricey. And, Hyper-V's management is not really that great. But, Oracle VirtualBox is a perfect… more»
Real User
Head Of Information Technology at a media company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Oct 16 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the ability to copy bidirectionally between the desktop and the virtual machine. The representation is very good. I have a problem with Hyper-V where you don't see the edges, especially the bottom and the top. With VirtualBox, I'm able to see that. VirtualBox gives you… more»

What needs improvement?

I have to keep pressing the home key so that the mouse changes context, which is something that I don't like. It should have the functionality where if I move the mouse away from one screen, the context changes automatically. This solution cannot run when Hyper-V is running, and it would be nice if… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I prefer this solution to Hyper-V.

What other advice do I have?

This is a great product and I use it a lot. This is a good R&D solution, but I don't think it would be good in production. We look for different things in R&D, such as doing a proof of concept. In a production environment, having a whole ecosystem to support the solution, including for orchestration… more»
Real User
IT Manager at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 30 2020

What is most valuable?

The solution is very convenient and easy to use. I tend to use it for personal use, and I also use it for testing the Fortnox platform and it works very well. The starting and stopping of the machine are much faster than other solutions… more»

What needs improvement?

The solution needs support for the USB 3. The solution needs to improve the methods used for starting and stopping the machine. The product needs to make dramatic changes to the guest machines. For example, they need to improve changing the… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing is lower for VirtualBox. It's much cheaper than VMware, for example, which has very high pricing in comparison.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I've previously worked with VMware and Workstation. In those cases, the starting and stopping of the machine took far too long. Oracle is much faster.

What other advice do I have?

We're just Oracle customers. We don't have any business relationship with the solution. We're using the latest version of the solution. While I can recommend the solution for personal use, in a professional context, I've never actually… more»
Real User
Network and Infrastructure Manager at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 13 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable aspects of the solution were the support and performance of the product and the flexibility it gives you to work.

What needs improvement?

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

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment model. Whether I would recommend the solution depends on the preference of the person who is going to handle the environment. If they're more comfortable with a product they have worked on, then they may go for VMware or Hyper-V. But if they are open to having a more license controlled environment, then definitely they will want to go with Oracle. I'd rate the… more»
Real User
Chief Technical Lead at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
Oct 13 2019

What is most valuable?

The solution's most valuable feature is its stability.

What needs improvement?

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.

What other advice do I have?

We are using the on-premises deployment model. I would recommend the solution for licensing purposes if you are using an Oracle database. Otherwise, I would recommend clients to consider different platforms. The Oracle VM has the advantage of being free, so you only pay for support. It's very cheap, but I don't think it's very good as VMware. I'd rate the solution six out of ten.
StefanoPastore
Consultant
Systems Engineering at Atlantica Digital
Oct 14 2019

What do you think of Oracle VM VirtualBox?

What is our primary use case?

I use Oracle VM VirtualBox mainly for testing guest environments and to test beta machines before they go in production environment. I also simulate configuration before the production environment to test some optionality.

What is most valuable?

I have found that cost metric manager is an interesting implementation of the network environment and it enables me to reproduce production environments.

What needs improvement?

The technical support needs to improve.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for seven or eight years now on private cloud.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I think VirtualBox has good stability because I use it in an environment with several resolutions. VirtualBox is able to…
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What is Oracle VM VirtualBox?

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

Oracle VM VirtualBox customers

Airbus, Colorado State University, SCS Africa, Wolf Medical Systems.

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