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Oracle Improves Security and Performance of VM VirtualBox with Release of Version 5.0

July 13, 2015

Computer technology giant Oracle has officially launched version 5.0 of VM VirtualBox, the company’s powerful open-source, cross-platform virtualization software product for enterprises looking to easily build and deploy local and cloud applications. The software runs on standard x86 desktop and laptop computers and the 5.0 release supports all of the latest guest or host operating systems — Mac OS X Yosemite, Windows 10, Oracle Linux and Oracle Solaris — as well as legacy operating systems.

Users of VM VirtualBox can use their desktop or laptop computer to set up multiplatform virtual-machine environments for software development

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and testing as well as general other operating system virtualization tasks. The software allows developers to create cloud and/or on-premises applications easily and more flexibly than ever, with no need for a full server environment.

With the release of version 5.0, VM VirtualBox can now support paravirtualization for Windows and Linux guests thanks to built-in virtualization support on the latest operating systems, eliminating the need for extra driver installation. In addition to this improvement to guest OS performance, a broader set of CPU instructions enables applications to operate with much better CPU utilization and therefore achieve higher performance.

The software now supports USB 3.0 devices in addition to USB 1.1 and 2.0, and the user interface is more intuitive thanks to bi-directional drag and drop capabilities for moving content between the host and guest. Lastly, data can now be encrypted on virtual hard disk images transparently during runtime using the latest industry encryption algorithms ensuring data is never left unprotected during vulnerable times such as when an employee takes a laptop home or on a trip.

“Creating, testing and deploying today's applications, be they cloud, on premises, or software for desktop computers, can present significant challenges for developers and organizations, as it requires them to run a complex mixture of environments, operating systems and interfaces,” said Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President of Linux and Virtualization Engineering at Oracle. “Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 addresses these challenges by enabling the use of a wide range of virtual machine environments easily on standard desktop and laptop computers, and simple deployment to a server virtualization solution, which makes developing and delivering applications an easier and faster experience.”

Oracle VM VirtualBox is continuously being developed further with frequent new releases, features and supported guest operating systems. Version 5.0 of the software is now available. 

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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