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Top Answer: Great at solving connection problems.
Top Answer: I think that performance could be improved by making it more effective and less resource consuming. It's a little clunky.
Top Answer: The primary use case of this product is to connect to my virtual interpreter of VMs and the like. In the event of an emergency, or if the user wants to deploy a VM on his own virtual system… more »
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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.
VMware Workstation transforms the way technical professionals develop, test, demonstrate and deploy software by running multiple x86-based operating systems simultaneously on the same PC. Built on 15 years of virtualization excellence and winner of more than 50 industry awards, VMware Workstation takes desktop virtualization to the next level by giving users an unmatched operating system support, rich user experience and incredible performance.
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Lytro, University of Washington, Slalom, Veeva Systems, Oklahoma Christian University
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Top Industries
Comms Service Provider24%
Computer Software Company17%
Educational Organization8%
Media Company6%
Comms Service Provider31%
Computer Software Company21%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise33%
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Parallels Desktop is ranked 13th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) while VMware Workstation is ranked 5th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 2 reviews. Parallels Desktop is rated 0.0, while VMware Workstation is rated 8.0. On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Workstation writes "Great for testing and solving connection problems". Parallels Desktop is most compared with VMware Fusion, VMware Player, NComputing vSpace, VMware Workspace ONE and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops, whereas VMware Workstation is most compared with VMware vSphere, VMware Horizon View, Hyper-V, KVM and Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops.

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