Wednesday Jan 14, 2009

eWEEK praises VirtualBox 2.1


Following up the recent slideshow, eWEEK Labs' Cameron Sturdevant has posted the full review of Sun xVM VirtualBox 2.1. "Any IT professional who wants to get more familiar with virtualization technology that goes beyond a 30-day trial version provided by competitors should get a hold of Virtual Box," noted Cameron.

The review is quite positive about the new additions in VirtualBox 2.1, highlighting improved drive image file support as well as support for hardware virtualization from Intel and AMD.

Cameron also highlighted VirtualBox's support for VMware VMDK files and Microsoft VHD files, stating "the ability to share hard drives across virtualization platforms is an important step in bringing VirtualBox into more useful and direct competition with VMware's Workstation product."
Sun xVM VirtualBox
The reviewer liked Sun's commitment to future product development and developer focused feature enhancements -- 64-bit guest OS support and new 3D graphics support via OpenGL topped his list.

In closing, Cameron stated, "Sun Microsystems' xVM VirtualBox desktop virtualization software is an increasingly powerful, no-cost alternative to VMware Workstation and Parallels Desktop products and should be added to the consideration shortlist of software developers and IT managers."

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