Hyper-V, VMware, VirtualBox Feature Comparison

Below is a feature comparison of modern hypervisor platforms, such as Hyper-V, VMware, VirtualBox and others:

 

Name Can boot an OS on another disk partition as guest USB support GUI Live memory allocation Snapshots per VM Snapshot of running system Live migration Shared folders Shared clipboard PCI pass-through
KVM Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
User Mode Linux Yes No No No No Yes N/A
DosBox No No SVN builds only No No Yes No No No No
Oracle VirtualBox (formerly OSE, GPLv2) Yes USB 1.1 only Yes Yes Yes branched Yes Yes No No Linux only
Oracle VirtualBox with Extension Pack and Guest Additions (PUEL) Yes USB 2.0 Yes Yes Yes branched Yes Yes Yes Yes Linux only
Oracle VM Server for SPARC Yes USB 2.0 Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes
Guest PC No No Yes  ? No No No No No N/A
OKL4 Microvisor Yes Yes VMs only Yes No Static assignment
Virtual Iron 4.2 Yes
Virtual PC 2007 No No Yes No No Yes Yes
Windows Virtual PC No partially Yes No No Yes Yes
VirtualPC 7 for Mac No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 No Yes No  ? Yes No
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Yes Partial support over remote desktop connections Yes Yes branched Yes Yes No
Virtuozzo Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
VMware ESX Server 3.0 atp Yes  ? Yes Yes No
VMware ESX Server 2.5.3 Yes No
VMware ESX Server 4.0 (vSphere) Yes Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes
VMware Fusion 2.0 Yes Yes Yes No No No
VMware Server Yes Yes Yes Yes 1 Yes No Yes Yes
VMware Workstation 5.5 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes branched Yes No Yes Yes No
VMware Workstation 6.0 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes branched Yes No Yes Yes No
VMware Workstation 7.0 and 8.0 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes branched Yes No Yes Yes No
VMware Player Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No
Wind River hypervisor Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Wind River VxWorks MILS Platform Yes
Xen Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes
z/VM Yes Not applicable Yes (zURM/HMC) Yes Yes (2011) Not applicable Not applicable
z LPARs Yes Not applicable Yes (HMC) Yes Yes (2007) Not applicable Not applicable
Zones Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Name Can boot an OS on another disk partition as guest USB GUI Live memory allocation Snapshots per VM Snapshot of running system Live migration Shared folders Shared clipboard PCI passthrough
  •  Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows 7 SP1 have limited support for redirecting the USB protocol over RDP using RemoteFX.
  •  Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 adds accelerated graphics support for certain editions of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows 7 SP1 using RemoteFX.

Sources

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