Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1, the latest release of the world’s most popular free and open source, cross-platform virtualization software. This release enhances the tight integration with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, enabling organizations and developers to more easily and flexibly create applications on premise and deploy to the cloud with a few clicks.
Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1 introduces the option to "Import from Oracle Cloud Infrastructure" which allows an Instance or Virtual Machine (VM) environment to run locally on your x86 desktop system.
A key tool for developers and users creating cloud and local applications without the overhead of using a full server environment, Oracle VM VirtualBox runs on standard x86 desktop and laptop computers. It allows users to set up multi-platform virtual machine environments for software development, testing, and general purpose operating system (OS) virtualization, with optional runtime encryption. Software engineers can develop for cloud native environments from within Oracle VM VirtualBox VMs directly on their Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and Oracle Solaris machines, making it easier to create multi-tier applications with just a standard laptop.
Oracle VM VirtualBox also enables users to create and update virtual machines locally, including the OS and applications, and then package them into an industry standard file format for easy distribution and cloud deployment in conjunction with Oracle Linux KVM, or other server virtualization solutions.
Oracle VM VirtualBox allows users to run nearly any standard x86 OS to run applications that are not available natively on their systems.
The 6.1 release supports the latest guest or host operating systems including: Apple Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris, other Linux operating systems, and legacy operating systems. New capabilities in Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1 include:
For the complete list of enhancements and further details check the Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1 Release Notes.
Oracle VM VirtualBox can be easily upgraded to the 6.1 release from prior supported releases.
Oracle VM VirtualBox supports a variety of "Host" and "Guest" operating systems.