IT organizations strive to provide the most efficient development platforms that enable their developers to develop and deploy solutions faster. At the same time, they have to support and keep a growing number of software releases and complex environments up to date across the organization. Desktop virtualization can be the answer to these challenges.
Virtualization is generally known as the ability to run multiple virtual machines on a single piece of hardware. The hardware runs software that enables you to install multiple operating systems that run simultaneously and independently. Each virtual machine has its own virtual CPU, network interfaces, storage and operating system. Virtualization is usually associated with server-side solutions but the same concepts apply to desktop-side solutions.
Today, application developers are used to working on their own device and a server is generally not required. But this means that while one developer might have a Mac, another has a PC, yet another could be running Linux, all with different versions. What’s more, these developer environments might be completely different from the quality and production environments that need to be supported and tested, on-premises or in the cloud.
By using a virtual machine as developer platform, individuals as well as teams of developers, can develop and test applications on different platforms using their own device regardless of the OS and version that runs on their device.
Virtualization provides the following advantages for developers:
IT teams can use virtualization to distribute standard virtual machines (VMs) across the organization, without needing to keep an arsenal of physical hardware and OS versions up to date.
Oracle VM VirtualBox is a powerful, award-winning, open source cross-platform virtualization solution that is easy to use with very little overhead. It provides all the benefits mentioned above plus additional benefits such as:
Oracle VM VirtualBox is game-changing software for developers trying to reduce complexity.
VirtualBox allows developers to:
Thanks to all of these capabilities, the common issue of "it works on my machine," while it doesn't on other devices, can be avoided.
When an application is virtualized, it runs on a shared device equipped with the appropriate hypervisor or virtual machine management solution. With this capability, the need for a dedicated device and any other support equipment for a given application is virtually eliminated. This not only reduces the initial cost of hardware acquisition and installation, but also the ongoing cost of time and maintenance by the IT team.
With Oracle VM VirtualBox developers can run almost any x86 operating system on a single device. They do not need additional devices, shared or dedicated, to develop and test applications. A single machine can run nearly any operating system, any application and/or different programming languages.
Savings on hardware procurement and on-going maintenance costs can be huge. Think of an application that is required to run on both Linux and Windows – which is very common – and all the possible Windows releases or Linux distributions that need to be tested.
Without a solution like Oracle VM VirtualBox you will have to multiply your infrastructure and maintenance costs!
Complexity and cost reduction is a must for IT organizations. Complexity reduction saves resources, which in turn provides further cost reduction.
Oracle VM VirtualBox is the DevOps solution that addresses both these requirements. Leveraging VirtualBox as the de-facto standard for development allows IT organizations to remove the usual complexity of development environments and, at the same time, reduce operational, hardware procurement, and maintenance costs.