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CEO and CTO
Nov 26 2017

What is most valuable?

The flexibility and the closed platform, so it allows you to run in multiple platforms, Windows, Linux, Macintosh.

How has it helped my organization?

Having the flexibility to have VirtualBox run on a local machine, or over on the cloud.

What needs improvement?

One of the things that we need, because with LeVAULT we control the authentication layer, and we support multiple factors for authentication - anywhere from four to 27 factors - and we allow you to be able to raise your key's devices, as… more»

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

We had other costumers that had used other solutions, such as VMware and Microsoft hypervisor, but I've pushed them all over to VirtualBox because of its flexibility and potential.

What other advice do I have?

The most important factor when selecting a vendor is probably the ability to have partnerships, to be able to work. Because any technology that we have, it works with Oracle's platforms. So it's important for us to be able to work with… more»
Vendor
Clinical Applications Specialist at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Nov 06 2017

What do you think of Oracle VM VirtualBox?

How has it helped my organization?

Desktop-based virtualization is a huge help in speeding product development.

What is most valuable?

VirtualBox provides an isolated, consistent environment I can use to experiment with software configurations or create developer sandboxes without affecting the consistency of my own work environment.

What needs improvement?

It's not as robust as server platforms, nor does it need to be.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It works perfectly for the task. We've had no issues with instability. It's a solid open-source product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have had no issues scaling it for our needs.
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Consultant
Manager of Infrastructure at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Jul 30 2017

What do you think of Oracle VM VirtualBox?

What is most valuable?

Ease of use The configuration and installation is pretty straightforward.

How has it helped my organization?

Enables us to provision virtual machines faster than before.

What needs improvement?

No ideas come to mind.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used VirtualBox for around five years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

The installation was straightforward.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No stability issues were experienced.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No scalability issues were experienced.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: Support from Oracle in general is good. I would give customer service a rating of four out of five.…
Vendor
Sr. Systems Engineer at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 25 2017

What is most valuable?

One valuable feature would be for it to work right the first time but it doesn't necessarily do that. The shop that I'm in and the shops that I've been in, I've never been in a shop that was standardized on Virtual Box.

How has it helped my organization?

Everything, because we are the customer for database ... all our applications not only JDE, ERP or some third party applicants APK's also have the backend for Oracle. Because of the flexibility as well as performance wise and as well as data volume, we have huge volume stored. So, other database cannot provide that kind of flexibility.

What needs improvement?

I think part of the reason is, is a lot of people do not trust Virtual Box because they think it's buggy. It seems to be a theme here. I got into it and it was buggy enough that I didn't want to continue using it.
Vendor
QA Sales Engineer at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
Dec 13 2016

What is most valuable?

I can manage the VirtualBox images. It's a VirtualBox. We work with both VMware and VirtualBox. Linux-wise, I go with the VirtualBox. I don't go with the VMware, because of the simplicity. Especially when you're using Oracle Linux, you are matching the products together. The manageability of the virtual images is much better. That's what I like.

What needs improvement?

If I could maybe have cloud images, that would be awesome. It's going to be hard to manage cloud with a cloud, or image with an image, but hey, if it can be done, we can do that, too. Why not? You have mobility, so you can use something. You can have a server with all of the VirtualBoxes there and the images there. For example, if you are managing an application, you can use it from a touch of a… more»

What other advice do I have?

What are your needs? What is the most important for you? Then, we can show you what you can manage. The benefits: It's Oracle, so there you go. You have a VirtualBox. It's well-known. It's stable. I use it. If it works for me, it might as well work for you. Simple.
Vendor
Technical Sales Consultant at FOEX GmbH
Jul 28 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for me is the ability to use it as a client or a server to test our APEX environment and the plugins that we create. It also runs very quickly and doesn’t use up much battery power on a MacBook.

How has it helped my organization?

Since I usually work from my home office, it increases efficiency because I don’t have to connect to the company’s database to run tests. I can do everything locally.

What needs improvement?

The initial configuration was a little tricky. Setup could be simpler.

What other advice do I have?

Take care configuring the network. It’s tricky to get everything running, but there are certain benefits to look forward to after you do.
Vendor
Lead Product Dev at a tech company
May 18 2016

What is most valuable?

If I were to draw up my datacenter in my notebook, VirtualBox would be my choice to be included. If, for example, I need to run Docker, I can do it inside VirtualBox. In my opinion, it's the best solution for a small office or one-person virtualization.

What needs improvement?

It has a few kinks here and there, and Oracle should definitely improve on those, but if you know how to use it and are careful with your use of it, then it works perfectly. For example, I have some objections regarding how it uses virtual memory. If you oversubscribe the virtual memory, it just kills your notebook.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I tried VMware, but they kept asking for more money for upgrades again and again. I also had a Windows license, but not a Linux or Mac license, so I just decided to go with VirtualBox.
Vendor
Technical Marketing Manager at Cloudian Inc
May 11 2016

What is most valuable?

It gives me the simplicity to quickly create virtual machines and to deploy my applications, and it's free. These are the most valuable features for me.

How has it helped my organization?

I can quickly create a portable working environment with all the applications running in my VirtualBox VMs.

What needs improvement?

An example of an area of improvement that I can see from my use of it would be the VirtualBox network setting. From my experience with it, I can’t easily add network or enable network ports without… more»

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

I am using the free version of Oracle VirtualBox.

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

I have used VMware, Hyper-V, RHEV, OpenStack, and, now, VirtualBox. I have used all these hypervisors in my environments for demos and test purposes.

What other advice do I have?

Give it a try, it is free. What we have in this screenshot is 3 VMs powered on: * A Linux DNS server * A Windows JumpBox * Two Cloudian Servers (with one powered off)
Vendor
IT Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees
May 05 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for us is the fact that it's free. It's also easy to install and configure, and we're able to share USB devices between host VMs. In this case, 'sharing' means that only one instance can use the USB device at a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I can install and test VMs on my own computer before installing live versions on the company VMware host.

What needs improvement?

Stability should be improved because sometimes the VirtualBox stops. I believe this maybe a compatibility issue, but I'm not sure.

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

I use the free version.

What other advice do I have?

You should try it as it's free.
Vendor
e-Learning Systems Developer Analyst at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 05 2016

What is most valuable?

Automatic mirroring/backup using snapshots on the runtime can minimize the number of fail-recovery procedures and down time overall. Running Virtualboxes with individual stacks clarifies use cases and minimizes risk while users test different partial solution elements. Virtualboxes can also run in different physical machines so that the relative demand of processing power can be met while… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's helped us utilize spare capacity on servers and test new platforms and frameworks. It has also improved the staging of our apps before implementations.

What needs improvement?

Managing virtual machine stacks on an individual and stacked basis needs work. It also lacks the ability to perform auto-recovery switchover. Moreover, they should define Virtualbox stacks as groups of virtual machines working together as solutions. It would also help if they could define auto-backup/mirroring and failover configurations.
Real User
ERP System Analyst at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Apr 28 2016

What is most valuable?

* It's easy to implement. * It supports USB 3.0. * It provides for cloning of images from real machines or VMs.

How has it helped my organization?

Having a virtual operating system has many advantages. Using such an approach simplifies the installation procedure, system maintenance, and system backup. It allows you to be hardware independent.

What needs improvement?

It needs better support for 3D. This would allow us to virtualize operating systems used by designers or architects. The base virtual disk (VDI file), which contains the state before taking the snapshot, should be aware if it has some… more»

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

For virtualizing desktop solutions, we did not use a previous solution. For server environments, we did. I have used Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware ESXi.

What other advice do I have?

Be sure to have enough hardware resources to run the virtual machines smoothly.
Vendor
PeopleSoft Administrator at a K-12 educational company or school with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 28 2016

What is most valuable?

The biggest feature that we like and which is most valuable for us is the fact that Virtualbox is easy to set up, it's ready to go, and we can install Oracle PeopleSoft images on a Linux OS in a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Our ability to keep up with Oracle PeopleSoft images being installed on the Oracle VM has sped up our turnaround time and allowed us to save time for applying updates to a delivered environment to… more»

What needs improvement?

There were some minor issues with the initial setup, such as if we forgot to reinitialize the MAC addresses of the network cards. Also, setting up the network adaptors was a bit tricky.

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

In our situation, the product came as part of our ERP license, therefore we cannot comment on that as its not a separate cost.

What other advice do I have?

I would say that in terms of implementing this product, it is definitely a powerful tool and what we are using it for is probably less than what it can be used for to maximize the return. Being able… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate any other solutions as the Oracle VM was part of our ERP deployment with the new release. It was a requirement and, as such, we implemented it accordingly.
Vendor
Project Manager at a tech company with 501-1,000 employees
Apr 28 2016

What is most valuable?

From our use of it, the most valuable feature we've found is that it can quickly deploy new virtual machines.

How has it helped my organization?

We need to test our new features in virtual machines before deployment. With VM Virtualbox, we can try our software in virtual machines so that we can find errors, fix them, and then re-test, and we… more»

What needs improvement?

If the system that you want to use for virtualization has no 64-bit support, you need to give it instructions on how to enable it through the Intel virtualization technology in BIOS.

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

It's free.

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

We used different products from different vendors, but we chose VirtualBox because it's easy to use and is very stable.

What other advice do I have?

I can't do everything I need for virtualization, for example like with vMotion or another solution. You will easily be able to use the software.
Consultant
IT Consultant at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Apr 24 2016

What is most valuable?

VirtualBox can import and export virtual machines in a usable format. It’s also very easy to change settings to fine tune the VM. Also, I can send a VM to a friend to test… more»

How has it helped my organization?

In my personal lab, it helps me explore new Linux distributions or updates before actually installing them.

What needs improvement?

I’d like to see Oracle make it easy to drag and drop files between a VM and the host PC. That would help a lot in saving time transferring files.

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

As a home user, it’s free.

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

I used VirtualPC before, but VirtualBox is much better. It offers more configuration options in its settings, and we wanted an alternative to Microsoft products.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend that you use VirtualBox and experiment with different settings.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Vendor
Assistant Design Manager with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 24 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for us is deployment of VMware (VMDK) as well as non-VMware (VDI) VMs because most of the test VMs run on ESXi. In our case, we can just switch back and forth by exporting the VM as a VMDK file, which can then be… more»

How has it helped my organization?

A major improvement we've seen is in the testing of the applications before production deployment. Previously, we used to search for physical machines, install OS, and then install application. Now it runs as a VM where I have a OS exported… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see VirtualBox as an OS in itself. It boots first and then we get an option to load whichever OS we want on top of it. However, I am unsure if this already exists in some capacity.

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

We we also use the VMware workstation, VMware Player.

What other advice do I have?

Go ahead and try all you can with this product, provided your hardware has enough juice as you can play around a lot with the product.
Vendor
Consultant at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Apr 24 2016

What is most valuable?

There are several features we've found valuable, the most valuable of which are -- * the simplicity of the solution; * the fact that it's multi-platform; and * it has easy-to-install applications.

How has it helped my organization?

It works, and there is active development of the product by Oracle so that it handles OVM templates.

What needs improvement?

An area of improvement would be the added ability to create the Oracle RAC clusters we now need to edit a properties file in order to make a VM disk sharable. It would be nice to be able to do that from the GUI.

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

As it's free, the price-per-performance ratio is a big plus.
Vendor
Web Developer at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 31 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the ability to spring up test environments quickly and in a reliable manner.

How has it helped my organization?

Oracle VirtualBox has enabled me to build testing and development environments which we could not have otherwise built.

What needs improvement?

From the host side, the Oracle VirtualBox could use more automation.

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

Oracle VirtualBox is free.

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

I chose Oracle VirtualBox because it is easily available, free, and open source. It is also the industry standard for web development virtualization software.

What other advice do I have?

If you are running multiple virtual machines at the same time, please make sure you have enough resources to do this.
Consultant
Service Area Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 31 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for us was the speed of setup. From zero to mere minutes, I can have something working.

How has it helped my organization?

It's nice that we can use it on Linux as we use it on Windows.

What needs improvement?

I'd like to see phpVirtualBox integration or something like that. VM Virtualbox lacks this feature and it would be nice to have web remote access on it.

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

There is the enterprise version, which I did not test because I did not need it. I remember that it was an interesting way to bulk sell about 50 or 100 licenses at one time. Of course, the price was way over what I had in mind to do with… more»

What other advice do I have?

It's excellent for the speed of setup, to install/deploy/test things, but for serious work I prefer to work on Proxmox. I just loved it.
Vendor
Senior Application Specialist at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 28 2016

What is most valuable?

It allows me to run VMs on my laptop. I am able to develop and test my infrastructure automation scripts locally before running in production. Also, I do Java programming, so I can set up VM for my… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We used to be making changes on servers, especially for infrastructure changes. It is difficult to maintain and roll back. Sometimes there are multiple possible solutions and we want to try all of… more»

What needs improvement?

Networking options need improvement. Once I had an idea to move my development work into Ubuntu, however it is not possible to run VM within VM. The solution is to play around with the networking so… more»

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

I am not using the paid version so I can't comment.

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

We previously used VMware. Virtualbox is easier to install when I already have a host OS. I don't need another client to connect to it.

What other advice do I have?

Just go ahead and try it out. Again, combine it with Chef, Vagrant and Git, which will make your life much easier in the long run.
Vendor
IT Director at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Mar 28 2016

What do you think of Oracle VM VirtualBox?

Valuable Features

Being able to run and then roll back operating system change tests for multiple systems on one piece of hardware is the most valuable feature for us.

Improvements to My Organization

With this solution, we need to have less hardware and we're able to to perform faster testing.

Room for Improvement

I've had networking issues when I travel with my laptop. Switching VMs from NAT to bridge is a nuisance.

Use of Solution

I've used it for five years.

Deployment Issues

We have had no issues with the deployment.

Stability Issues

We had no issues with the stability.

Scalability Issues

We've not scaled it at all. I just run three different versions of Linux and three on Windows at different times.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:…
Vendor
IT Analyst with 51-200 employees
Mar 28 2016

What is most valuable?

The ease-of-use and versatility are among the good qualities of this solution. I also value its native ability to use other VM machines files like QEMU and VMware.

How has it helped my organization?

We can test and evaluate software and systems in a controlled environment before the roll-out to production.

What needs improvement?

It would be great to have a hypervisor version of VirtualBox running on servers.

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

We tried VMWare VMPlayer in the beginning, but VirtualBox outperformed it and so it became our choice.

What other advice do I have?

In my opinion, this product is the best available option for testing virtual appliances and operating systems. I use it also as a means of running multiple virtual machines without changing my business desktop environment. We recommend… more»
Consultant
Consultant at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Feb 13 2014

What do you think of Oracle VM VirtualBox?

What is most valuable?

Snapshot

How has it helped my organization?

Building a sandbox to evaluate the new feature and scrape after tested

What needs improvement?

Overhead of Memory and CPU resource

For how long have I used the solution?

More than 6 years (since VirtualBox 1.6)

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Not particularly

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

New release may experience stability issues with a new guest OS such as Windows 8

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Due to memory overhead, I would not suggest creating more than 6 VM instances per one physical platform

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: Moderate (3/5)Technical Support: Moderate (3/5)

Which solution

Consultant
Infrastructure Expert at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 11 2012

What is most valuable?

OracleVM is an excellent alternative to Virtual PC and other client-side virtualization tools.It's mostly open source, and supplies the ability to run virtualized OS's from a lightweight and incredibly user friendly environment.It provides comparable features to other solutions that target the same market, and goes above and beyond in some aspects.Like I said in one of my other reviews, one of the… more»

What needs improvement?

Even with the "add-ons" tools that come with OracleVM, some features that are available in other solutions, are simply not there.One mentioned in another review, is the dragging and dropping of files between host and VM. Another major issue, is that you technically cannot use this software to host a remotely accessible virtual machine without using alternative access software such as VNC or RDP… more»

What other advice do I have?

This pushed me away, as it used to be wholly open source.
Vendor
Manager of Operations at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 04 2012

What is most valuable?

Oracle VM Virtual Box is an open source virtualisation software which is recommended wherever budget is a issue. The software is worth using. You can virtually run different OS on a physical platform. You can run Linux on a windows system virtually or otherwise. There is an easy set up procedure for interface virtual machines with the software. You can create different VLANs and interface groups… more»

What needs improvement?

In Oracle VM a simple drag and drop of files and folders between the host machine and the virtual machine is not available. Compared to other commercial virtualisation software, VMware has the facility by inclusion of its Additions feature. The matter gets worse between two different OS like Windows on the host and Linux on the Virtual machine. Some difficulties can be faced while installing… more»

What other advice do I have?

Pricing is a major advantage in the case of Oracle VM. The software freely available, and can therefore be used easily and tried first before acquiring the commercial software. OS that is to be installed in the guest system, can be easily installed by uploading .ISO image. This is easier and faster.
Vendor
Developer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Jun 29 2012

What is most valuable?

1. It is a free software 2. Performance is at a very good level 3. If there is a problem it can be fixed easily because it has a good community website.

What needs improvement?

If the user faces a problem he has to read a large amount of docs to fix them.

What other advice do I have?

Oracle VM Virtual box is a very good tool for me. The main reason is that it is a free product. Also, if I face a problem, I can fix it because the community website provides very good support. You do not need to have a high level of skills to work with it. As a student and a programmer, I have to use it with different operating systems. I have to check my codes in several operating systems. For… more»
Vendor
Manager of Data Center at a insurance company with 51-200 employees
Jun 26 2012

What is most valuable?

1. OracleVm Virtual box is free. 2. It is relatively fast, with an enjoyable performance. 3. It also allows you to connect to a virtual machine through the Remote Desktop Protocol.

What needs improvement?

I found it difficult to print from the host printer.Oracle VM Virtualbox is my first choice when it comes to desktop visualization. It doesn’t require any additional skill to deploy. With a simple wizard, I was able to install Windows 8 better edition on my laptop running windows 7. I also have Ubuntu running on the OracleVM.

What other advice do I have?

OracleVM has been helpful to me, as I now test my scripts on different operating systems in a single machine before deploying them. This makes my work much easier, without incurring additional costs. Supporting my remote clients with diverse OS is much easier. All I need to do is open a similar operating system to theirs, in my system, as I guide them through some task. Before now, I had to look… more»

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

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