Originally Posted by Tux5000
Right now, I am using virtualbox which is good for my needs. I'm not an IT professional. I was just curious on hyper-v as I like to test and use different applications.
Tux5000 best way to think of virtualbox vs. XenServer | Hyper-V | VmWare is that virtualbox requires an OS to be installed where the other three is the os installed. While hyper-v is normally a service that runs on windows you can do a core install of windows 2012 in which is is a very small installation and has hyper-v only.
Virtualbox is a great solution for home users and even IT professionals. Unless you need 3d rendering I would stick with virtualbox. for Mac OS X I used vmware fusion, virtualbox and parallels and I find that I go back to parallels just because it integrates the best.