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Oracle VM VirtualBox

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.

Develop on any desktop, deploy to any cloud.

Oracle VM VirtualBox Features

Simplifies operations

Reduces IT cost

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.

Runs on any desktop

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.

Easy to adopt

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.


Automates deployments to the cloud

Easy and rapid deployments

Using Vagrant boxes with VirtualBox, IT teams can quickly provision development VMs with preconfigured Oracle software and automate the release to production.

One-button push to Oracle Cloud

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.


Fast tracks quality assurance, testing, and demos

Streamline testing

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.

Improve customer support

Support teams can quickly resolve issues by easily recreating different customer environments on a single system.

Run legacy applications on new hardware

IT teams can extend the lifetime of legacy applications by using VirtualBox to run them on modern hardware.

Create multi-tier demos on a single device

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.


Enables remote workers to access applications securely

Secures access to restricted applications

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.

Provides secure and encrypted workspaces

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.


Licensing and Support

Base package

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

Extension pack

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

Oracle VM VirtualBox Enterprise

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

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Secunet improves access to classified information with Oracle VM VirtualBox

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.

Oracle VM VirtualBox benefits

  • Reduce complexity and cost

    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.

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  • Increase developer productivity

    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.

    G2 recognizes VirtualBox as a Leader (PDF)

  • Simplify software distribution

    Solution providers can scale their business by distributing their applications inside a VirtualBox VM to easily support their customers on any OS and version.

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October 15, 2020

Reduce complexity and costs with Oracle VM VirtualBox

Simon Coter, Senior Manager, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Product Management, Oracle

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.

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