Oracle Improves VirtualBox 4.1

Oracle is continuing to push innovation forward on the open source VirtualBox project.

VirtualBox 4.1 is being officially released today, debuting new features that expand the use cases and deployability for the virtualization software. VirtualBox came into Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) as part of the Sun acquisition in 2010. The technology is used both as a desktop virtualization tool on the client side and as a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) delivery server side.

Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president, Linux and Virtualization Engineering at Oracle, told that a key new feature in VirtualBox 4.1 is support for cloning. VirtualBox had previously supported only snapshotting, which has a different use case.

“What VirtualBox has always supported is that if you’re running a virtual machine and you want to install some new apps and be able to go back to an older version, you take a snapshot,” Coekaerts explained.

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