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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:

  • Portability
  • 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.

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Pros of VirtualBox
Pros of VMware vSphere
  • 359
    Free
  • 231
    Easy
  • 169
    Default for vagrant
  • 110
    Fast
  • 73
    Starts quickly
  • 45
    Open-source
  • 42
    Running in background
  • 41
    Simple, yet comprehensive
  • 27
    Default for boot2docker
  • 21
    Extensive customization
  • 2
    Free to use
  • 1
    Cross-platform
  • 1
    Mouse integration
  • 1
    Easy tool
  • 8
    Strong host isolation
  • 6
    Industry leader
  • 4
    Easy to use
  • 4
    Great VM management (HA,FT,...)
  • 2
    Great Networking
  • 2
    Feature rich
  • 1
    Running in background
  • 1
    Can be setup on single physical server
  • 1
    Free

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Cons of VirtualBox
Cons of VMware vSphere
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    • 6
      Price

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    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.

    What is VMware vSphere?

    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.

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    What are some alternatives to VirtualBox and VMware vSphere?
    Docker
    The Docker Platform is the industry-leading container platform for continuous, high-velocity innovation, enabling organizations to seamlessly build and share any application — from legacy to what comes next — and securely run them anywhere
    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).
    Vagrant
    Vagrant provides the framework and configuration format to create and manage complete portable development environments. These development environments can live on your computer or in the cloud, and are portable between Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
    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.
    VMware Fusion
    It gives Mac users the power to run Windows on Mac along with hundreds of other operating systems side by side with Mac applications, without rebooting. It is simple enough for home users and powerful enough for IT professionals, developers and businesses.
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