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Virtualization Smackdown 2: Oracle VM VirtualBox 3.2 vs. VMWare Workstation 7.1

May 23, 2010, 07:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Perlow)

[ Thanks to Jason Perlow for this link. ]

"Welcome, True Believers.

"Two years ago, we visited the subject of free desktop virtualization hypervisors. At the time, the two preferred free solutions were Sun's xVM VirtualBox and and VMWare Server 2.0.

"Things have changed quite a bit in the last two years. For starters, Sun no longer exists as an independent company — it's now owned by Oracle.

"VMWare, a division of EMC Corporation, decided to make some strategic changes along the lines of its free virtualization solutions by offering its enterprise-level hypervisor, ESX Server, in a free version, ESXi. This complicates things somewhat for the desktop virtualization user seeking a free solution, as ESX 3i requires a dedicated system.

"While the company continues to maintain VMWare Server 2.0, its free hosted virtualization product, it has concentrated its desktop virtualization development efforts on VMWare Workstation, a $189.00 desktop virtualization software package."

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