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Hyper vs VirtualBox: What are the differences?

Developers describe Hyper as "On-Demand Container, Per-Second Billing". Hyper.sh is a secure container hosting service. What makes it different from AWS (Amazon Web Services) is that you don't start servers, but start docker images directly from Docker Hub or other registries. On the other hand, VirtualBox is detailed as "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.

Hyper can be classified as a tool in the "Containers as a Service" category, while VirtualBox is grouped under "Virtualization Platform".

Some of the features offered by Hyper are:

  • Hyper is able to launch instances in sub-second. Also, Hyper requires the minimal resource footprint: ~12MB mem
  • Hyper is immune from the "shared kernel" problem in container
  • Hyper is hypervisor agnostic

On the other hand, VirtualBox provides the following key features:

  • Portability
  • No hardware virtualization required
  • Guest Additions: shared folders, seamless windows, 3D virtualization
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What is Hyper?

Hyper.sh is a secure container hosting service. What makes it different from AWS (Amazon Web Services) is that you don't start servers, but start docker images directly from Docker Hub or other registries.

What is VirtualBox?

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.
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        What are some alternatives to Hyper and VirtualBox?
        KVM
        KVM (for Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions (Intel VT or AMD-V).
        Amazon EC2 Container Service
        Amazon EC2 Container Service lets you launch and stop container-enabled applications with simple API calls, allows you to query the state of your cluster from a centralized service, and gives you access to many familiar Amazon EC2 features like security groups, EBS volumes and IAM roles.
        Google Kubernetes Engine
        Container Engine takes care of provisioning and maintaining the underlying virtual machine cluster, scaling your application, and operational logistics like logging, monitoring, and health management.
        Amazon EKS
        Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS) is a managed service that makes it easy for you to run Kubernetes on AWS without needing to install and operate your own Kubernetes clusters.
        AWS Fargate
        AWS Fargate is a technology for Amazon ECS and EKS* that allows you to run containers without having to manage servers or clusters. With AWS Fargate, you no longer have to provision, configure, and scale clusters of virtual machines to run containers.
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        Avatar of SauloNunes
        Business Analyst with skills in FullStack Development Desktop Web and Mobile at LeanWork
        Review ofVirtualBoxVirtualBox

        Sometimes you will need to customize your virtualbox and you can easily add virtualbox commands inside your vagrantfile

        Example of USB connection Share Between Host and VM

        #Use $VBoxManage list usbhost To list Usb Ports and Get Your Device VENDORID and PRODUCTID
        
        v.customize ["modifyvm", :id, "--usb", "on"]
        
        v.customize ['usbfilter', 'add', '0', '--target', :id, '--name', 'ESP', '--vendorid', '0x22b8', '--productid', '0x2e76']
        
        How developers use Hyper and VirtualBox
        Avatar of Ana Phi Sancho
        Ana Phi Sancho uses VirtualBoxVirtualBox

        Network and security programs. install and run multiple operating systems. Good to understand computer networks - internet and multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication (combine a variety of software and services)

        Avatar of Dynamictivity
        Dynamictivity uses VirtualBoxVirtualBox

        We use Virtualbox in combination with Vagrant during development to ensure a consistent test/development environment. This helps to reduce the number of defects when our software goes to production.

        Avatar of Cyrus Stoller
        Cyrus Stoller uses VirtualBoxVirtualBox

        For running a VM locally with Vagrant. It can be a little irritable, but it's open source and free, so I'm not complaining. I would probably use VMWare, but I don't want to pay for it right now.

        Avatar of davidk01
        davidk01 uses VirtualBoxVirtualBox

        Virtualbox is managed by Vagrant and it sets up a local development environment so that anyone can test their changes before pushing the changes upstream.

        Avatar of Tim De Lange
        Tim De Lange uses VirtualBoxVirtualBox

        Development test boxes. I dont like virtualbox that much - but for a while it was the only free vmware alternative.

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