Free and open-source, cross-platform virtualization software, Oracle VM VirtualBox’s latest version Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1, has been announced. It enhances the tight integration with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, enabling organizations and developers to more easily and flexibly create applications on-premise and deploy to the cloud with a few clicks.
Running locally on x86 desktop system
The option to “Import from Oracle Cloud Infrastructure” allows an Instance or Virtual Machine (VM) environment to run locally on the x86 desktop system. With the help of a key tool for developers and users creating cloud and local applications, Oracle VM VirtualBox runs on standard x86 desktop and laptop computers. By using this option, users can set up multi-platform virtual machine environments for software development, testing, and general-purpose operating system (OS) virtualization, with optional runtime encryption.
In addition to this, software engineers can develop for cloud native environments from within Oracle VM VirtualBox VMs directly on their Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and Oracle Solaris machines with just a standard laptop.
Furthermore, it is possible to create and update virtual machines locally, including the OS and applications, and then package them into an industry-standard file format for easy distribution. Finally, users can do cloud deployment in conjunction with Oracle Linux KVM or other server virtualization solutions.
What’s new with Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1?
- Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Support for Import Appliance
- Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Enhanced Support for Export Appliance
- Enhanced Support for Nested Virtualization
- Improved 3D support (VBoxSVGA and VMSVGA)
- Improved Virtual Machine Groups, enhanced Storage Settings
- Support for Linux Kernel 5.4.
- EFI for virtual machines
- Virtualization core
You can find links to VirtualBox binaries and their source code on VirtualBox website.