Oracle VirtualBox 4.0 Expands VM Support

 
 
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.
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VirtualBox 4 got a cleaned-up user interface, expanded virtual-machine configuration support and an internal reorganization in order to carry on the battle with VMware Workstation and Citrix XenDesktop. In the second release since Oracle acquired Sun, VirtualBox gained support for OVA (Open Virtualization Appliance), which is a single, compressed file of all the elements needed for a virtual appliance that conforms to the OVF (Open Virtual Machine Format)standard. Along with internal reordering that combined VirtualBox base functions to more easily enable extensions, the product rearranged the VM file structure by putting the virtual disk and configuration files for virtual machines into a single directory. The file layout changes don't affect VMs created in previous versions of VirtualBox.

Read my full review of Oracle VirtualBox 4.0 at eweek.com.

 
 
 
 
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