We performed a comparison between Parallels Desktop and VMware Player based on real PeerSpot user reviews.Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft, VMware, Citrix and others in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).
"Parallels Desktop integrates seamlessly with macOS. It works better than VMware on Apple operating systems."
"It's really easy to build testing environments with VMware Player."
"VMware Player's best feature is the ability to run different OS's simultaneously."
"The biggest challenge is compatibility between VMware and Parallels because the two systems are incompatible. It can be challenging if you are switching between Windows and Mac. I recommend sticking with one product because there isn't good compatibility between the different products."
"VMware Player isn't downgradable, so if you have a later set of VMs, you need to upgrade it or figure out a workaround."
"The tool has limited scalability."
VMware Player, or VMware Player Plus, is described by VMware as the easiest way to run a virtual machine on Windows or Linux PCs in a commercial environment. If you want to deliver a managed desktop to your employees, customers, students, contractors, or partners, then this virtual desktop solution is the way to go.
VMware Player provides the most advanced virtualization platform available, which is capable of supporting even extremely demanding applications. Even though the platform is so advanced, the user interface is simple and easy-to-use.
There is seamless integration with Windows XP and Windows XP applications even if the machine itself is a Windows 7 PC, a Windows 8 PC, or even Linux-based. It also gives your IT person the capability of restricting the virtual machines by requiring runtime passwords, adding an expiration date, blocking USB devices, or encrypting the machines. By using VMware vCenter Converter, VMware Player can even convert old machines into virtual machines without you needing to re-configure or re-install any applications.
Parallels Desktop is ranked 12th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 1 review while VMware Player is ranked 10th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 2 reviews. Parallels Desktop is rated 7.0, while VMware Player is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Parallels Desktop writes "It integrates seamlessly with macOS, but it's not compatible with VMware ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Player writes "Simple to set up, user-friendly, and makes building test environments easy". Parallels Desktop is most compared with VMware Fusion, VMware Workstation, NComputing vSpace, NVIDIA GRID and Oracle VDI, whereas VMware Player is most compared with VMware Fusion, VMware Workstation, VMware Horizon, VMware Horizon View and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services.
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