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Score 8.2 out of 100
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Score 8.1 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Server Virtualization

    8.6

    Citrix Hypervisor

    86%

    Parallels Desktop

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Citrix Hypervisor ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Virtual machine automated provisioning

    8.0
    80%
    10 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Management console

    9.0
    90%
    11 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Live virtual machine backup

    9.0
    90%
    10 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Live virtual machine migration

    9.0
    90%
    11 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Hypervisor-level security

    8.0
    80%
    10 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Remote Administration

    Citrix Hypervisor

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.6

    Parallels Desktop

    86%
    Parallels Desktop ranks higher in 13/13 features

    Screen sharing

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    5 Ratings

    File transfer

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.3
    93%
    16 Ratings

    Instant message

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.0
    60%
    2 Ratings

    Secure remote access with Smart Card authentication

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    2 Ratings

    Access to sleeping/powered-off computers

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    5 Ratings

    Over-the-Internet remote session

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    6 Ratings

    Remote management of servers & workstations

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    2 Ratings

    Remote Active Directory® management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    3 Ratings

    Centralized management dashboard

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    7 Ratings

    Session record

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.3
    93%
    5 Ratings

    Annotations

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    4 Ratings

    Monitoring and Alerts

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    5 Ratings

    Multi-platform remote control

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    5 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Parallels Desktop is rated higher in 3 areas: Usability, Support Rating, Implementation Rating
    • Citrix Hypervisor and Parallels Desktop are tied in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.0

    Citrix Hypervisor

    80%
    11 Ratings
    8.0

    Parallels Desktop

    80%
    20 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    10.0

    Citrix Hypervisor

    100%
    3 Ratings
    10.0

    Parallels Desktop

    100%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    6.1

    Citrix Hypervisor

    61%
    2 Ratings
    10.0

    Parallels Desktop

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Availability

    5.5

    Citrix Hypervisor

    55%
    2 Ratings

    Parallels Desktop

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    6.4

    Citrix Hypervisor

    64%
    2 Ratings

    Parallels Desktop

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.0

    Citrix Hypervisor

    80%
    4 Ratings
    9.0

    Parallels Desktop

    90%
    11 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    2.7

    Citrix Hypervisor

    27%
    1 Rating

    Parallels Desktop

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    7.3

    Citrix Hypervisor

    73%
    2 Ratings
    10.0

    Parallels Desktop

    100%
    3 Ratings

    Configurability

    5.5

    Citrix Hypervisor

    55%
    1 Rating

    Parallels Desktop

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Ease of integration

    5.5

    Citrix Hypervisor

    55%
    1 Rating

    Parallels Desktop

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    6.4

    Citrix Hypervisor

    64%
    1 Rating

    Parallels Desktop

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor post-sale

    8.2

    Citrix Hypervisor

    82%
    1 Rating

    Parallels Desktop

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor pre-sale

    8.2

    Citrix Hypervisor

    82%
    1 Rating

    Parallels Desktop

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Citrix

    The free version is a boon for small businesses that want to have a hypervisor but not the headaches of using something that requires licensing. It is more than adequate to compete with the lesser versions of Hyper-V or VMware. Any small business that wants to lessen its hardware footprint could benefit from this product. If you are a medium or large business it is also a nice addition to the cupboard if you already use other Citrix products and are familiar with the Citrix support process. Shops that are fully committed to VMWare or MS Hyper-V should probably avoid this as it would just act to dilute your system and add unneeded complexity. Citrix Hypervisor is not most common Hardware Hypervisor on the market but it is more than competent for most Enterprise Deployments.
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    Corel Corporation

    The product has evolved over the years and has become a lot easier to use than before. Deploying Virtual Machines is quick and easy and multiple methods from ISO files to direct selection of products is possible with minimal effort. Any organization needing to test or simply do business on multiple platforms without having separate computers for each OS, will love Parallels Desktop. It is doing the same revolution for desktop computers as VMWare did for servers
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    Pros

    Citrix

    • Resource Monitoring is a good and I am able to monitor my entire infrastructure whether I'm using my iPhone remotely or while on any company-issued laptop to ensure our services run at peak efficiency.
    • CLI - the command line is not hard to use. It can take a little time to get used to the commands but once you have them down managing the environment from the GUI or CLI is pretty easy.
    • Backups are very easy to start and manage with XenCenter or XoA. Keeping business DR scenarios achievable.
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    Corel Corporation

    • File Transfer - You can easily transfer files between Parallels virtualized desktops and the host desktop either through Copy and Paste functionality, or Drag and Drop. You can also configure shared folders.
    • Switch Between Virtual and Host Desktop - You can configure swipe gestures on a MacBook Pro to be able to switch between the virtualized and host desktop. You can also launch apps from the OS X Taskbar.
    • Performance - Apps in Parallels run quite smoothly on my 2015 MacBook Pro, as of 2020. Considering they are running on a 5-year-old computer, I give Parallels top marks for performance.
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    Cons

    Citrix

    • Adding or presenting additional storage to the host can often be a task that is far more involved than competitive products.
    • The product can require reboots more frequently than competitors due to the DOM kernel getting "hung up".
    • Sometimes when a virtual machine is deleted it still leaves behind orphaned vdisks.
    • Recovering from the loss of a host can sometimes cause virtual machines to require lengthy command prompt scripting to fix so they can be powered back on from another host.
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    Corel Corporation

    • No update for OpenGL 3, which prevents some 3D applications from launching. The Windows-version of SketchUp is but one example.
    • Frequent (yearly) updates which don't always bring benefits (I always skip at least one version).
    • If you don't be careful, it generates 100s of useless Windows-application wrappers in macOS which sometimes take precedence in spotlight over the Mac apps I usually need to use (e.g. SketchUp, Excel, Word, Evernote...). More than once I launched Parallels instead of opening the native Mac app.
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    Pricing Details

    Citrix Hypervisor

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Citrix Hypervisor editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Parallels Desktop

      Starting Price

      $99 per license/per year

      Editions & Modules

      Parallels Desktop editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules
      Parallels Desktop79.991
      Parallels Desktop Pro Edition992
      Parallels Desktop Business Edition99.993
      Parallels Desktop 1649.994
      Parallels Desktop Pro Edition49.995

      Footnotes

      1. per license
      2. per license/per year
      3. per license/per year
      4. per license
      5. per license/per year

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      Citrix

      With the knowledge and usage of solutions from VMware and Microsoft offering more compelling cloud integrated options it makes it more compelling in many environments which I consult. XenServer is a good product and fits the bill in many smaller environments but as clients look to the cloud or a hybrid cloud it can in some cases make it a bit more difficult.
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      Corel Corporation

      The software just works. I will say the renewal process is frustrating if you are decreasing seats, but otherwise the software and the account management is simple and perfect.
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      Usability

      Citrix

      XenServer is quite usable due to the simplicity the management and installation provide for an administrator. The console for management is very intuitive and can easily be installed on any Windows operating system. There is a relatively simple web console that can be implemented as well that enhances the usability to provide service to non-administrators.
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      Corel Corporation

      It has a good integration, including the connection of peripherals. Taking files back and forth works well and I can attach my Home drive as a network drive in Windows. There is even integration with iCloud and other macOS services. There are also a few different display modes which are useful and fleixible (coherence, windowed, full-screen with multiple screens)
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      Reliability and Availability

      Citrix

      It's been a little problematic in the past at larger VDI deployments requiring a bit more care and feeding than other vendors. But the latest releases (6.5.x) have brought about huge improvements in the stability and availability.
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      Corel Corporation

      No answers on this topic

      Performance

      Citrix

      When running like a top XenServer is a fantastic hypervisor. There is relatively low overhead on the Dom0 so workloads get the most of the resources.
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      Corel Corporation

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      Citrix

      Anytime I had to request support from the Citrix Hypervisor website I had an instant answer and it was straight to the point. I also used the forums available to everyone and always had success from both the technical staff and from the community.
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      Corel Corporation

      We have had rare occasions to contact support about the product. Most questions were easily answered from the knowledge base. When we have had to contact support they were able to provide us with a couple of different solutions and enough resources about how to accomplish said solutions that solving the problem was easy enough.
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      In-Person Training

      Citrix

      Part of a training for certification to become a trainer for Citrix included an in-person training with a Master CCI. The XenServer training at this time was pretty simplified due to the product primarily being installed however you did have to work with it and mildly configure the system.
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      Corel Corporation

      No answers on this topic

      Online Training

      Citrix

      Haven't given it a real go with any online training however there are some options out there. I have taught a course following Citrix material for XenDesktop which leverages XenServer and it is pre-built so not the best for XenServer specifically for installation but configuration is mildly touched on
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      Corel Corporation

      No answers on this topic

      Implementation Rating

      Citrix

      Ensure you review the HCL (hardware compatibility list) and reach out to the hardware vendors to ensure they support the platform and in case they have documentation that can be followed for the implementation. Also ensure the prerequisites are completed prior to implementation so that as few unexpected delays occur as you can control.
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      Corel Corporation

      The only advice I can provide is think about who is using the product and build the image based on the true needs of the user.
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      Alternatives Considered

      Citrix

      VMware seems to be the standard and is more widely accepted. However, Citrix Hypervisor, is easily learned and cheaper. We have also used VirtualBox to offer up ideas for other free products. VirtualBox seems to be easier for end users who just want simple VMs and not necessarily entire environments. Citrix is good for environment virtualization.
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      Corel Corporation

      Parallels offers a much more streamlined and easier to navigate VM configuration interface. Once configured, device compatibility and overall system efficiency appears to be better in Parallels Desktop compared to others. Integration between the Mac host OS and the VM is virtually seamless whether you are just sharing files between the two operating systems or utilizing full-on Coherence mode.
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      Scalability

      Citrix

      The servers latest versions have made massive improvements to scalability. But from past experience there have been issues when running workloads for extended periods of time without reboot on the hosts. I would need to run similar workloads on the 6.5 release which has changed much of the bottlenecks or issues so I'd imagine its far more capable now, Perhaps able to stand near the best in the market.
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      Corel Corporation

      No answers on this topic

      Return on Investment

      Citrix

      • Xenserver is easy to learn. We paid for support only for installation and deployment in the first three years, and now our team has the knowledge to solve most problems.
      • Low CAPEX if you have a team that uses open source software day by day.
      • But paid support is necessary to solve critical problems. The open source community is not enough. Actually, we have difficulty solving some bugs without paying for support.
      • Medium OPEX if you have a team that uses open source software day by day.
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      Corel Corporation

      • Clearly much cheaper than purchasing a 2nd machine to run Windows on
      • Allows me to work faster with out have to move files from a machine/Drive to another
      • Annual subscription model is a bit cumbersome to renew - would rather just pay a one time flat fee
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