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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:
- No hardware virtualization required
- Guest Additions: shared folders, seamless windows, 3D virtualization
Pros of Hyper
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