Oracle has launched Oracle VM VitualBox 5.0, free and open source, cross-platform virtualization software, to enable organizations and developers easily and flexibly create and deploy on premises and cloud applications.
Oracle VM VirtualBox runs on standard x86 desktop and laptop computers allowing users to set up multi-platform virtual machine environments for software development, testing, and general purpose operating system (OS) virtualization, with optional runtime encryption.
The company said new platform allows software engineers to develop for cloud technologies such as Docker and OpenStack directly on their Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and Oracle Solaris machines.
Users can also create and update virtual machines locally, including the OS and applications.
This apart, Oracle VM VirtualBox allows users to run nearly any standard x86 OS to run applications that are not available natively on their systems.
In addition, new capabilities in Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 includes paravirtualization support for Windows and Linux guests which improves guest OS performance by leveraging built-in virtualization support on operating systems.
Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 exposes a broader set of CPU instructions to the guest OS and guest OS can be configured to support USB 1.1, 2.0, and 3.0.
Additionally, data can be encrypted on virtual hard disk images transparently during runtime, using the industry standard AES algorithm with up to 256 bit data encryption keys (DEK) ensuring data is secure and encrypted at all times.
In April, Accenture expanded the Accenture Life Sciences Cloud for Research and Development (R&D) powered by Oracle.