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Kubernetes vs VirtualBox: What are the differences?

What is Kubernetes? Manage a cluster of Linux containers as a single system to accelerate Dev and simplify Ops. Kubernetes is an open source orchestration system for Docker containers. It handles scheduling onto nodes in a compute cluster and actively manages workloads to ensure that their state matches the users declared intentions.

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.

Kubernetes and VirtualBox are primarily classified as "Container" and "Virtualization Platform" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by Kubernetes are:

  • Lightweight, simple and accessible
  • Built for a multi-cloud world, public, private or hybrid
  • Highly modular, designed so that all of its components are easily swappable

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

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

"Leading docker container management solution", "Simple and powerful" and "Open source" are the key factors why developers consider Kubernetes; whereas "Free", "Easy" and "Default for vagrant" are the primary reasons why VirtualBox is favored.

Kubernetes is an open source tool with 54.2K GitHub stars and 18.8K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Kubernetes's open source repository on GitHub.

Slack, Shopify, and Starbucks are some of the popular companies that use Kubernetes, whereas VirtualBox is used by Lyft, Starbucks, and New Yorker. Kubernetes has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1018 company stacks & 1060 developers stacks; compared to VirtualBox, which is listed in 721 company stacks and 944 developer stacks.

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What is Kubernetes?

Kubernetes is an open source orchestration system for Docker containers. It handles scheduling onto nodes in a compute cluster and actively manages workloads to ensure that their state matches the users declared intentions.

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 Kubernetes and VirtualBox?
    Docker Swarm
    Swarm serves the standard Docker API, so any tool which already communicates with a Docker daemon can use Swarm to transparently scale to multiple hosts: Dokku, Compose, Krane, Deis, DockerUI, Shipyard, Drone, Jenkins... and, of course, the Docker client itself.
    Nomad
    Nomad is a cluster manager, designed for both long lived services and short lived batch processing workloads. Developers use a declarative job specification to submit work, and Nomad ensures constraints are satisfied and resource utilization is optimized by efficient task packing. Nomad supports all major operating systems and virtualized, containerized, or standalone applications.
    OpenStack
    OpenStack is a cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter, all managed through a dashboard that gives administrators control while empowering their users to provision resources through a web interface.
    Rancher
    Rancher is an open source container management platform that includes full distributions of Kubernetes, Apache Mesos and Docker Swarm, and makes it simple to operate container clusters on any cloud or infrastructure platform.
    Docker Compose
    With Compose, you define a multi-container application in a single file, then spin your application up in a single command which does everything that needs to be done to get it running.
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    Reviews of Kubernetes and VirtualBox
    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']
    
    Review ofKubernetesKubernetes

    It's a little bit complex to onboard, but once you grasp all the different concepts the platform is really powerful, and infrastructure stops being an issue.

    Service discovery, auto-recovery, scaling and orchestration are just a few of the features you get.

    How developers use Kubernetes and VirtualBox
    Avatar of Matt Welke
    Matt Welke uses KubernetesKubernetes

    Just tinkering with it for personal use at this stage based on positive experience using it at work. Plan to use it for high traffic distributed systems if not using a managed hosting service like Heroku, AWS Lambda, or Google Cloud Functions. Reasons for using instead of these alternatives would be cheaper cost at higher scale.

    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 realcloudratics
    realcloudratics uses KubernetesKubernetes

    Good existential question. Kubernetes is painful in the extreme - especially when combined with Ansible. The layers of indirection are truly mind altering. But hey - containers are kewl!

    Avatar of Japan Digital Design
    Japan Digital Design uses KubernetesKubernetes

    Our developer experience system is on Kubernetes (Google Kubernetes Engine at the moment). We would like to expand our Kubernetes clusters over other Kubernetes engine.

    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 ShareThis
    ShareThis uses KubernetesKubernetes

    Kubernetes is used for managing microclusters within our AWS infrastructure. This allows us to deploy new infrastructure in seconds.

    Avatar of papaver
    papaver uses KubernetesKubernetes

    minor experience with kubernetes. helped a client setup a kubernetes infrastructure. love the elegance of the system.

    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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