ZDNet Austraila praises VirtualBox in review round-up


ZDNet Australia's Chris Duckett examined a handful of Type 2 hypervisors aimed at the workstation and found VirtualBox to be "a no-frills approach that keeps managing VMs dead simple." Also tested were VMware Workstation, Parallels Workstation, KVM and Wine.

Chris tested each of the products on an HP workstation with dual-Xeon W5580 processors running at 3.2GHz, 2GB RAM and a 1TB HDD. Also highlighted was an Nvidia Quadro FX 5800 with 4GB RAM graphics adapter. The guest OS employed was Windows XP SP2 and a quantitative test suite comprised of Cinebench was used to define performance. VirtualBox installed well; "the pre-packaged version available from the VirtualBox site worked liked a charm. Simply download the appropriate file, click to install it and you will have VirtualBox up and running in no time," noted the reviewer.
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Overall, VirtualBox stood tall with VMware, performing solidly and being highlighted for the platform's simplicity. Chris stated, "the clear tear-away from the pack in terms of performance was VirtualBox. When VirtualBox works it is very good and only has issues on the rarest of occasions. The new 3D acceleration built into the product gives it a leg-up on the competition and the fact that it is free only sweetens the deal."

In closing the reviewer noted, "we would recommend VirtualBox. It's fast, easy to use and has that sweet price point: free."

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