Oracle VM VirtualBox is cross-platform virtualization software, it is deceptively simple yet also very powerful. It can run everywhere from small embedded systems or desktop class machines all the way up to datacenter deployments and even Cloud environments.
VirtualBox allows users to run nearly any operating system on a single machine and to freely switch between OS instances running simultaneously. It is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 and AMD64/Intel64 hardware, targeted at server, desktop, and embedded use. Not only is this software an extremely feature-rich, high-performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software.
What is virtualization?
Virtualization is a technology that provides a way to separate physical hardware and software by emulating hardware using the software. It enables a computing environment to run multiple different and independent systems at the same time.
There are many reasons why you should use virtualization in your environment. Here are the most important ones:
Server consolidation – virtualization can help you reduce capital investigations. In traditional environments, it is common to dedicate each server to a single application. This leaves most computers vastly underused. Virtualization enables you to consolidate all the workloads on one server, which reduces the number of physical machines.
Security purposes – you can create a virtual machine running Windows just for online shopping, so you can be sure there are no spyware or trojans that will capture your passwords.
Faster server provisioning – with Oracle VirtualBox, you can quickly clone an image, master template, or existing virtual machine to get a server up and running within a few minutes.
Cost-saving – not only your company will save money on the physical server hardware, power and cooling of the servers that were consolidated, you will also save on the time it used to take to administer physical servers.
Some of the new features of Oracle VM VirtualBox
Paravirtualization support for modern Windows and Linux guests It is able to expose a para-virtualization interface to facilitate accurate and efficient execution of software. Once the virtual machine platform is defined, It improves guest OS performances by leveraging built-in virtualization support (KVM on Linux guests and Hyper-V on Windows guests).
xHCI controller to support USB 3.0 devices Guest operating systems are now able to directly recognize USB 3.0 devices and operate at full 3.0 speeds. Guests can now be configured to use USB 1.1, 2.0 and 3.0 devices.
Improved Drag & Drop support This software improved the support of a bi-directional drag&drop between guest and host operating system; drag and drop support is available with latest guest-additions installed.
Disk image encryption Oracle VB6.0.4 allows for encrypted virtual disk images by leveraging the AES algorithm in XTS mode (128-bit or 256-bit); since the DEK is stored as part of the virtual machine configuration file, encryption introduces a further security feature that will ask for a password while starting the virtual machine.
Headless and Detachable start options This software now supports starting virtual machines in the background with a separate front-end process that can be closed while the virtual machine continues to work.
VB 6.0.4 for PC Windows
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