By Jsavit-Oracle on Feb 06, 2015
Today's spotlight is on Oracle VM VirtualBox, world’s most popular cross-platform virtualization software that enables you to run multiple operating systems on your Mac, PC, Linux, or Oracle Solaris machine. Millions of users are using VirtualBox to test, develop, and demonstrate a variety of software on any of their favorite operating systems on one machine.
VirtualBox shines for desktop virtualization, with features that enhance the end-user experience:
- Audio support with Intel High Definition Audio.
- Multi-monitor display.
- Graphics acceleration with OpenGL for Linux, Solaris, Windows; Direct3D for Windows.
- Built-in RDP server for remote graphical console display.
- Record and play back VM console sessions.
- Ease of use: VirtualBox has a simple, but powerful GUI that lets users define, start, stop, suspend, resume, snapshot, edit, clone, import and export virtual machines. A full CLI and API set permits automation, too.
- Shared folders - permits sharing directories/folders between a host system and its guests.
- USB devices passthrough.
It has features that take advantage of new hardware and can be used to demonstrate very demanding applications as well:
- Highly scalable guest machines, with up to 32 virtual CPUs and 1TB
- Virtualization with or without VT/x or AMD-V; PAE; EPT/nested page tables; VPID support.
- Permits over 100 virtual disk devices over multiple storage protocols (SAS, SATA, IDE) and contains a built-in iSCSI initiator.
- Up to 8 virtual network devices per guest.
- Page Fusion, allowing real memory sharing with hints for Windows guests.
- Teleportation - live migration of a VM between servers.
Both use categories can benefit from flexible VirtualBox network options: VMs can use bridged networking which makes them full network citizens, VM-only and host-only private networks, or Network Address Translation (NAT) with or without port forwarding. They can be used in a variety of scenarios ranging from simply putting VMs on the network, to creating private virtual network infrastructures that are insulated from the physical network - or can even operate without a physical network.
Some features are particularly attractive to developers: virtual machines can be snapshotted, cloned and exported as appliances using open virtual machine description data formats. A popular use case is to distribute demonstration and test environments using VirtualBox appliances, such as the Oracle VM Hands On Lab and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux. Virtual appliances can be imported transparently into VirtualBox, and even imported into Oracle VM Server for production. Oracle itself, and many other institutions, widely use VirtualBox for this purpose.
You can track new releases of VirtualBox on the News and Changelog pages at VirtualBox.org. New versions can be found for personal use at the Downloads page and at the Oracle VM VirtualBox page, and available with commercial support. An active community and forum can be seen at community page.
In summary, Oracle VM VirtualBox is a powerful, widely-used virtualization platform. Simply visit VirtualBox.org to download the software and enjoy using it. Watch this space for announcements about new releases.