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"KVM is stable.""Good screen and keyboard sharing feature.""Very cost-effective.""If you prefer command-line, there are all kinds of command-line options.""This solution is open source and easy to configure.""I like that it's easy to manage. It's also more powerful when it comes to security than others. That point of view is the one consideration. The other consideration is that it's cost-effective.""The GUI interface makes the management of KVM easier than ever before.""It is easy to use, stable, and flexible. It is a pretty mature product, and it is faster than VirtualBox."

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"The pause feature is valuable. I can pause, which is something that not all hypervisors allow. The snapshot feature is also valuable.""The snapshot feature is very powerful; it protects us from disaster.""It's a pretty good product in terms of monitoring.""The solution has high performance and is easy to use.""The good thing is that it is multi-platform. Once you create a virtual machine in one particular environment, you can switch over to see if you can run it in other environments. For example, if you are on Windows and you create this virtual machine, you can actually go ahead and change the operating system. You can switch it over to Linux or Mac OS and see if you can run the VirtualBox on those particular machines. It even runs on some of the commercial operating systems that are not mainstream, such as Solaris and BSD. These kinds of operating systems are also supported by VirtualBox. The other thing that is good about VirtualBox is that it is open source. So, if you need to do any modifications for your own purposes, you can just download the source, modify it, and deploy it in your environment. It is pretty good and very versatile. You can create and manipulate virtual machines from the command line, which is also very important. It's something that some other products on the desktop side do not have. VMware Fusion and Parallels Desktop don't have a good command-line interface to create and manipulate virtual machines, whereas VirtualBox has it out of the box, which is pretty good.""Technical support is good.""The installation is easy.""This product is very user-friendly and easy to use."

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"Lacks high availability across clusters as well as support for Apache CloudStack.""Monitoring and resolution could be improved.""Business continuity features need to be added.""In our setup, we do not have any dashboards or orchestration, and it is hard to manage. We have 25 gig network cards, but the software driver we have only supported 10 gigs.""Its resource usage can be improved.""Technical support could be better. In the next release, I would like to see an improved user interface and dashboard. This type of improvement will make it easy or help our engineers understand the solution from a requirement point of view.""There are some issues with the graphics and some software that is very complex.""One thing that maybe could be improved is making it easier to scale. It needs to be more clear on how to scale the storage space for virtual machines."

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"The solution needs to improve the methods used for starting and stopping the machine.""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 Windows where Hyper-V is disabled, which is understandably very inconvenient.""Oracle VM VirtualBox is not flexible, It's not like VMware.""I find the solution to be incredibly unstable, constantly falling over and not working properly.""It has some issues when you have some weird device drivers. For instance, when you have a weird sound driver working on your machine, and the VirtualBox needs to output the sound of the virtual machine into the sound driver of the physical machine, the bare metal, it doesn't work too well. If you tweak lots of drivers and play around with the different kinds of drivers and machines, you will probably break something. I have not played with it too much and maybe it already supports it, but it would probably be good to have the ability to use a container from the virtual machine environment instead of spinning off a complete virtual machine. There are other tools for that. On Linux, you have a DXE, LXC framework, and you have Docker as well. Docker is good because it is multi-platform, and you can run Docker on pretty much anything, even different processors, but it would be good if we had a VirtualBox running on it while spinning off containers instead of full virtual machines. The other thing that will become important, and I'm pretty sure that they are thinking about it as well is that there's this new hardware platform that Apple is releasing, which is an ARM-based new chip. So, VirtualBox will probably have to work on ARM-based CPUs as well.""The memory and hardware usage could be a little bit lighter. Right now, it's quite heavy on the usage. The CPU usage should be lower.""The solution could be more user-friendly.""When I select the Ubuntu operating system from within the virtual machine, it sometimes hangs."

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  • "It is free for everyone."
  • "The price is fair compared to others. But in our local market, it's a problem to get budget approval from management. That's why they are trying to get those products so we can give them the price benefit. But if you consider the international market or other products, it's sometimes better than their price."
  • "We had some problems with the licensing."
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  • "It is pretty good for the price, which is free."
  • "This is an open-source product and it can be used free of charge."
  • "There are no licensing fees."
  • "The license I use is free."
  • "The solution is free."
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    KVM scales better, orchestration better, performs better and supports a wider range of hardware and, also, you can implement at ZERO cost and with a very powerful web interface for management, from… more »
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    Small support team, small cluster, low core count, use VMware products Large support team, large clusters with many cores, use KVM. KVM scales better, orchestration better, performs better and… more »
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    Far from being an expert, my opinion is that the positive sides of KVM are: Lower costs and open-source which gives the abilities to customize it according to the specific needs of each customer.
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    KVM is easy to use, stable and flexible. It is mature and very fast. It is an affordable open-source solution that is easy to set up and manage. It offers very good security. It has a virtual manager… more »
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    Overview
    KVM (for Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions (Intel VT or AMD-V). It consists of a loadable kernel module, kvm.ko, that provides the core virtualization infrastructure and a processor specific module, kvm-intel.ko or kvm-amd.ko.

    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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    MediaWiki, Wikimedia Foundation, Wikipedia, Wikivoyage, Wikidata, Wikiversity, Commons
    Airbus, Colorado State University, SCS Africa, Wolf Medical Systems.
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    Aerospace/Defense Firm25%
    Energy/Utilities Company25%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Computer Software Company13%
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    Comms Service Provider38%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Government6%
    Educational Organization4%
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    Financial Services Firm19%
    University12%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Aerospace/Defense Firm8%
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    Comms Service Provider39%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization5%
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    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise30%
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    Midsize Enterprise31%
    Large Enterprise29%
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    KVM is ranked 3rd in Server Virtualization Software with 8 reviews while Oracle VM VirtualBox is ranked 7th in Server Virtualization Software with 10 reviews. KVM is rated 7.4, while Oracle VM VirtualBox is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of KVM writes "Stable, easy to set up, and very easy to use". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Oracle VM VirtualBox writes "A free and versatile open-source solution that supports multiple platforms and is easy to set up". KVM is most compared with Hyper-V, Proxmox VE, VMware vSphere, Oracle VM and RHEV, whereas Oracle VM VirtualBox is most compared with Proxmox VE, Hyper-V, VMware vSphere, Oracle VM and Citrix Hypervisor. See our KVM vs. Oracle VM VirtualBox report.

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