Few technologies have had a greater impact on business efficiency and IT productivity than virtualization. While most of the impact has been felt in the data center and in the cloud, virtualization has also transformed IT work on the desktop, where it retains an important role. Here I compare the two leading products in this category: VMware Workstation and Oracle VirtualBox.
The use cases for desktop virtualization are numerous and important. Most visible to the average consumer is the ability to run a different operating system on your local machine. This is especially common on Macs in order to run software designed for Microsoft Windows -- that is, desktop apps and games that haven’t been ported to the Mac. (The top products for running Windows on the Mac are VMware Fusion and Parallels Desktop for the Mac.)
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