I read a very concise post over at MAKETECHEASIER that outlined five reasons why VirtualBox is better than VMware Server. His five points were:
- File size - 20meg vs. 102meg (small is beautiful)
- Easier install due to pre compiled package available for download. (not a big deal for me)
- Speed Boost (faster is better)
- Remote File Sharing
- Integration with Host OS via ‘seamless mode‘. With this mode on, you can access the applications from the guest OS from the host’s desktop. (interesting from a system management point of view)
This was a much more in-depth look at the two virtualixation solutions. The overview at the end really struck a cord:
VirtualBox has the widest range of host system support and has the lightest hardware demands, and excels for single PC personal virtualization needs, but requires more UNIX/Linux command-line skills when used as server virtualization solution. VMWare 2.0 has an excellent web-management UI with the lightest client payload, but this comes at the expense of heftier hardware requirements for good performance and a fatter software drop on the server.