Oracle VM VirtualBox, the world’s most popular open source, cross-platform, virtualization software, enables developers to deliver code faster by running multiple operating systems on a single device. IT teams and solution providers use VirtualBox to reduce operational costs and shorten the time needed to securely deploy applications on-premises and to the cloud.
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This latest release is packed with new features, including integration with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), enhanced 3D support, an automated virtual machine (VM) builder, and full VM encryption.
Open source, low-overhead, cross-platform desktop virtualization software lowers operational costs for IT teams by reducing the number of required desktop and server configurations.
IT teams can simplify development environments by running the same solution on any x86 host operating system (OS) and support a wide range of OS versions on virtual machines (VMs). Supported host operating systems include Windows, Linux, and macOS.
An easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI) and a powerful command line interface make it easy for developers to work with multiple operating systems on the same system. Development teams can consolidate workloads using VirtualBox to support massive workloads of up to 32 virtual CPUs.
Using Vagrant boxes with VirtualBox, IT teams can quickly provision development VMs with preconfigured Oracle software and automate the release to production.
The built-in GUI makes it easy for developers to import and export virtual machines in standard OVF format, on-premises or in the cloud. For Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, a single click enables developers to upload or download a virtual machine.
Software quality assurance teams can simplify their environment and reduce resources by using a single physical device to test software on multiple OS platforms and versions.
Support teams can quickly resolve issues by easily recreating different customer environments on a single system.
IT teams can extend the lifetime of legacy applications by using VirtualBox to run them on modern hardware.
Sales teams can easily demonstrate complex, multi-tier solutions to prospective customers, using prepackaged environments with multiple virtual machines and network topologies on their laptop.
VirtualBox facilitates the distribution of desktop-based images of critical restricted applications by IT managers to remote workers when a VPN connection is considered insufficient. It helps organizations increase security with role-based restrictions to datasets within these applications.
VirtualBox secures remote connections to restricted applications via 256-bit encryption keys, and ensures users cannot download or store data on remote devices. IT managers can avoid the cost and time of rearchitecting restricted applications while addressing compliance for remote application access.
The base package, licensed under the GPL v2, enables developers to easily develop and test cross-platform applications using Oracle VM VirtualBox’s main features, including:
- Cross-platform guests and hosts
- Live migration of virtual machines between hosts
- Up to 32 virtual CPUs
- OVF format support
The extension pack, licensed under the VirtualBox Personal Use and Evaluation License (PUEL), enables IT teams to consolidate more workloads using additional features such as:
- Virtual USB devices
- VirtualBox Remote Desktop Protocol (VRDP) support
- Host webcam passthrough and PCI passthrough
- Intel PXE boot ROM
- Disk image encryption
- Oracle Cloud Infrastructure integration
Organizations can streamline operations by purchasing Oracle VM VirtualBox Enterprise, which includes commercial licenses and technical support and provides:
- 24x7 support from Oracle for the Base Package and Extension Pack
- Multiple remote desktop connections (VRDP) to virtual machines
- Centralized, easy tracking of VirtualBox Extension Pack downloads and installation compliance
- Ensures all VirtualBox instances are on the latest release and have the latest security patches
Secunet increased their market share by 70% by embedding Oracle VM VirtualBox in their new virtualized workstations, which allow customers to securely access highly classified information while also utilizing the internet.
IT managers can reduce the number of required systems and configurations in their environment by using Oracle VM VirtualBox to support multiple OS and versions on a single device. They support legacy applications on new hardware, and provide remote workers secure access to restricted applications without rearchitecting applications.
Developers use VirtualBox to deliver code faster by testing applications on different operating systems and versions using the same desktop they use for development, and then automatically deploying their VMs to production environments.
Solution providers can scale their business by distributing their applications inside a VirtualBox VM to easily support their customers on any OS and version.
Simon Coter, Director of Product Management, Oracle Linux and Virtualization
Oracle VM VirtualBox 7.0, available now, is packed with new features. These include integration with OCI, enhanced 3D support, an automated virtual machine (VM) builder, and full VM encryption. The new features will help organizations simplify the management of their VMs and help accelerate application deployment in the cloud and on-premises.Read the complete post
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