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Parallels Desktop is #14 ranked solution in top Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) tools. PeerSpot users give Parallels Desktop an average rating of 7.0 out of 10. Parallels Desktop is most commonly compared to VMware Fusion: Parallels Desktop vs VMware Fusion. Parallels Desktop is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 60% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 18% of all views.
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What is Parallels Desktop?
Parallels Desktop Business Edition brings Windows and Windows applications to employees on Mac and enables integration of Mac computers into any work environment from education to financial services, technology, consulting, or medical. Optimized for Windows 10 and 7, macOS High Sierra, and Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. It can help employees to run business-critical applications without compromise: Microsoft Office, Visual Studio, Quicken and QuickBooks for Windows, Access, Project, Autodesk Revit and Inventor, CorelDRAW, ArcGIS, Visio, QuickBooks, Internet Explorer and Adobe Photoshop. Parallels Desktop restricts External Device Access that enforces policies on the use of USB devices, smart cards, and any other external devices plugged into a Mac, for use in Windows. It creates an Expiring Virtual Machines, time-bound and encrypted, that will automatically expire and lock at a defined time to ensure additional security when corporate data is shared externally. Also, Parallels Desktop Business Edition can be deployed through standard software deployment tools. Mass deployment is supported with Jamf Pro, Apple Remote Desktop, IBM Endpoint Manager, Parallels Mac Management for Microsoft SCCM, and other solutions.
Parallels Desktop Customers
Lytro, University of Washington, Slalom, Veeva Systems, Oklahoma Christian University
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Grant-Donald - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Security Consultant at Excellenta
Real User
It integrates seamlessly with macOS, but it's not compatible with VMware
Pros and Cons
  • "Parallels Desktop integrates seamlessly with macOS. It works better than VMware on Apple operating systems."
  • "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."

What is our primary use case?

Parallels Desktop does the same thing as VMware but for Apple users.

What is most valuable?

Parallels Desktop integrates seamlessly with macOS. It works better than VMware on Apple operating systems. 

What needs improvement?

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. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Parallels Desktop for about two years. 

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Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
September 2022
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What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Parallels Desktop is stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability seems limited because it's desktop software, but it's good enough for our use case.

How was the initial setup?

Deploying Parallels Desktop is straightforward and takes about half an hour per system. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Parallels Desktop is too expensive. It's a little more expensive than VMware.

What other advice do I have?

I rate Parallels Desktop 7.5 out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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