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VirtualBox vs VMware vSphere: What are the differences?
What is VirtualBox? Run nearly any operating system on a single machine and to freely switch between OS instances running simultaneously. VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.
What is VMware vSphere? Free bare-metal hypervisor that virtualizes servers so you can consolidate your applications on less hardware. vSphere is the world’s leading server virtualization platform. Run fewer servers and reduce capital and operating costs using VMware vSphere to build a cloud computing infrastructure.
VirtualBox and VMware vSphere belong to "Virtualization Platform" category of the tech stack.
Some of the features offered by VirtualBox are:
- No hardware virtualization required
- Guest Additions: shared folders, seamless windows, 3D virtualization
On the other hand, VMware vSphere provides the following key features:
- Powerful Server Virtualization
- Network Services
- Efficient Storage
"Free" is the top reason why over 357 developers like VirtualBox, while over 6 developers mention "Strong host isolation" as the leading cause for choosing VMware vSphere.
According to the StackShare community, VirtualBox has a broader approval, being mentioned in 724 company stacks & 975 developers stacks; compared to VMware vSphere, which is listed in 56 company stacks and 24 developer stacks.
Pros of VirtualBox
- Default for vagrant169
- Starts quickly73
- Running in background42
- Simple, yet comprehensive41
- Default for boot2docker27
- Extensive customization22
- Free to use3
- Mouse integration2
- Easy tool2
Pros of VMware vSphere
- Strong host isolation8
- Industry leader6
- Easy to use4
- Great VM management (HA,FT,...)4
- Feature rich2
- Great Networking2
- Can be setup on single physical server1
- Running in background1
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Cons of VMware vSphere