Solved

What is the best tool for virtualization - Virtual PC/VMware/Virtual Box

Posted on 2009-07-10
3
740 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-08
What is the best tool for virtualization - Virtual PC/VMware/Virtual Box? Small explanation would be preferable.
0
Comment
Question by:shourav
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
3 Comments
 
LVL 96

Accepted Solution

by:
Lee W, MVP earned 25 total points
ID: 24829673
Never used Virtual box and only occasionally heard of it.  But your question is incomplete.  VMWare has two different product lines - ESX(i) and VMWare Server.  These products operate differently and one is far superior to the other.

Basically, there are two major types of virtualization that can be used to run entire operating systems. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypervisor).

HyperV, ESXi, Xen are all Type 1 and can provide excellent performance.
Virtual PC, Virtual Server, VMWare Server, Virtual Box (based on the wikipedia link), are all Type 2 which will be MUCH slower.

One major advantage VMware CURRENTLY has over Microsoft is support for USB devices.  VMWare has generally proven a little faster than Microsoft in comparable platforms.  In addition, VMWare's ESX(i) server can share memory between VMs allowing more VMs per GB of RAM.  (Note: ESX is the commercial version, ESXi is the free version and they are functionally identical from everything I've heard, the difference is support.
0
 
LVL 21

Assisted Solution

by:za_mkh
za_mkh earned 25 total points
ID: 24831515
And to unlock all the ESXi features to make it comparable to ESX means you have to buy a licence which unlocks all the good stuff , vMotion, Storage vMotion, DRS, DPM, HA, FT, etc, etc
ESXi is perfect for learning the stuff. XenServer also has an offering that is free and includes more features in the free version thant the VMWare equivalent ... if you are starting out ... check them both out ... XenServer will only get better ... and they are cheaper too at the moment..
But ESX / ESXi ... still the king!
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:shourav
ID: 31602379
Thanx guys. Both of your answers were helpful ... I've personally tested the  following 3 myself and here are my ratings:
VMware workstation 6.5    Best
VMware ESX                     Great
Virtual Box                         Good
Virtual PC                           Aweful (only good with their own products)

Thanx again. I'll be baack!!
0

Featured Post

Free learning courses: Active Directory Deep Dive

Get a firm grasp on your IT environment when you learn Active Directory best practices with Veeam! Watch all, or choose any amount, of this three-part webinar series to improve your skills. From the basics to virtualization and backup, we got you covered.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

In this step by step tutorial with screenshots, we will show you HOW TO: Enable SSH Remote Access on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.5 (ESXi 6.5). This is important if you need to enable SSH remote access for additional troubleshooting of the ESXi hos…
Is your company's data protection keeping pace with virtualization? Here are 7 dynamic ways to adapt to rapid breakthroughs in technology.
Teach the user how to configure vSphere clusters to support the VMware FT feature Open vSphere Web Client: Verify vSphere HA is enabled: Verify netowrking for vMotion and FT Logging is in place or create it: Turn On FT for a virtual machine: Verify …
How to Install VMware Tools in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 (RHEL 6.4) Step-by-Step Tutorial

752 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question