Remote Desktop Manager vs. Parallels Desktop for Mac

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Remote Desktop Manager
Score 8.4 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
Remote Desktop Manager (RDM) from Canadian software company Devolutions is a remote administration and credential management tool for securely centralizing multiple remote connections and sensitive data.
$299.99
per year
Parallels Desktop for Mac
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
Parallels® Desktop for Mac is used to run Windows on Intel or Apple silicon. Users can switch between Mac and Windows applications, while retaining the macOS appearance, or use the familiar Windows desktop aesthetic.
$99.99
per year
Pricing
Remote Desktop ManagerParallels Desktop for Mac
Editions & Modules
Single User
$299.99
per year
Enterprise
$9999.99
per year
Platinum
Contact Sales
Unlimited Users, Multiple Sites, Worldwide
Parallels Desktop Standard Edition
$99.99
per year
Mac App Store
$99.99
per year
Parallels Desktop Pro Edition
$119.99
per year
Parallels Desktop Business Edition
$149.99
per year
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Remote Desktop ManagerParallels Desktop for Mac
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Parallels Desktop ends up filling the sweet spot between free, but basic application (VirtualBox), and fully featured enterprise application (VMware Fusion.). Even at this point, we don't use all of the features of Parallels, but the perceived performance boost over VirtualBox …
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Features
Remote Desktop ManagerParallels Desktop for Mac
Remote Administration
Comparison of Remote Administration features of Product A and Product B
Remote Desktop Manager
8.1
44 Ratings
2% below category average
Parallels Desktop for Mac
-
Ratings
Screen sharing7.823 Ratings00 Ratings
File transfer7.629 Ratings00 Ratings
Secure remote access with Smart Card authentication9.116 Ratings00 Ratings
Access to sleeping/powered-off computers8.75 Ratings00 Ratings
Over-the-Internet remote session8.438 Ratings00 Ratings
Initiate remote control from mobile7.922 Ratings00 Ratings
Remote management of servers & workstations8.142 Ratings00 Ratings
Remote Active Directory® management8.018 Ratings00 Ratings
Centralized management dashboard8.535 Ratings00 Ratings
Session record9.018 Ratings00 Ratings
Annotations9.125 Ratings00 Ratings
Monitoring and Alerts5.214 Ratings00 Ratings
Multi-platform remote control8.335 Ratings00 Ratings
Application Virtualization
Comparison of Application Virtualization features of Product A and Product B
Remote Desktop Manager
-
Ratings
Parallels Desktop for Mac
8.7
2 Ratings
14% above category average
Application support00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Ease of deployment00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Security00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
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User Ratings
Remote Desktop ManagerParallels Desktop for Mac
Likelihood to Recommend
8.2
(44 ratings)
9.3
(32 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.1
(2 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Usability
8.2
(2 ratings)
10.0
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(7 ratings)
9.0
(6 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.1
(1 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Remote Desktop ManagerParallels Desktop for Mac
Likelihood to Recommend
Devolutions
If you have lots of servers to manage, lots of credentials, different protocols, documents, other files, and need a single tool to manage it, this is the tool. Active Directory integrated, user and groups permissions, audit everything, keep data in encrypted files or in a database, customize everything, even the installer,
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Alludo
Parallels works just like a window or application on the Mac. Hence, it is beneficial to keep both OS versions hand in hand. Parallels is very useful when writing code for mobile/iOS applications. File sharing and paste functions are very easy to use. More than one machine can be taken on Parallels. It also integrates with Microsoft Intune. It can run other OS versions other than Windows.
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Pros
Devolutions
  • Customer service delivery, whereby you can connect to clients to assist and resolve an incident.
  • Working from home logging onto office based machine.
  • It helps to attend to a problem more quickly, thereby saving the cost of relocation and commuting to distant places.
  • Speed and cost elements are critical here.
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Alludo
  • 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
Devolutions
  • I would like to see advanced auditing in the Devolution's drive data source like there are in some of the others. But that's just something I'd like to see, it doesn't hinder my using the app.
  • I would love to see even more addons available from even more software and service developers, but again the addon manager is great already so it's not a hindrance what so ever.
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Alludo
  • Having to buy a new upgrade whenever Apple updates the OS with its yearly releases seems a bit excessive.
  • The integration features between Windows and Mac are enabled by default, which can clutter both sides; I would rather it was not default.
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Likelihood to Renew
Devolutions
I've been using RDM for about 10 years now. I started with the free version, which I used for a few years, and eventually switched to the Enterprise version. I can never go back now! I use this tool for everything and cannot see doing my job without it! Whenever we have someone new come in or bring in a vendor/contractor, they always ask me what RDP tool I'm using. Once I explain about it's features and all, they're usually instantly sold on it. :)
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Alludo
Users are familiar with the application which will keep us going for a little while. However since we are seeing a decline for a need for the software, I wouldn't be surprised to find that this answer changes dramatically in the near future. We would probably keep it to some extent, but we would probably reduce our licensing count.
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Usability
Devolutions
I use this tool for almost everything in my day to day job. I launch the VMware VI Client from RDM. I launch vSphere Web Client Sessions from RDM. I RDP from RDM. Access Dell iDRAC and HP iLO via RDM, as well as Cisco UCS Manager and iKVM. I have saved SSH Sessions to my VMware hosts. I have URLs saved to get to things like IPAM, etc
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Alludo
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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Support Rating
Devolutions
I've never had to use support as I've never had an issue. That said, you can open a support ticket right from the UI. The user forums are active, and there are thousands of threads covering many topics. Very easy to get support if needed. This is an easy ten.
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Alludo
So, this rating is a little skewed toward older behavior from Parallels, as I haven't had to contact them recently. However, in an older version of Parallels, an "update" included pop-ups urging users to upgrade to the latest version, implying that their current version wouldn't work for the latest MacOS. I found it very frustrating to be getting ads for a new version of the software in a version I had already paid for. I contacted support about this and got a generic, uncaring response. It was pretty disappointing.
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Implementation Rating
Devolutions
The implementation was completely successful. We had no issues!
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Alludo
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
Devolutions
  1. The types of sessions. You are not limited to just RDP sessions, you can do SSH, Web Browser, iLO, or really any session you can imagine that you might use to connect to a remote service
  2. The extensions, add-ons, and features of RDM. You simply can do a lot more.
  3. Automation - There's additional things you can do that help automate your workday to make things easier
  4. The interface - It's easier to navigate and deal with multiple sessions at a time.
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Alludo
Main two features that made the balance decission go to the Parallels Desktop were the possibility to pause the Windows partition easily (allowing to consume less resources in Mac and save battery) and the other one is the user interface feature called "Coherence" with allows you to show the Windows application windows as if they were native to the macOS, allowing for a better user experience.
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Return on Investment
Devolutions
  • A common place for storage for all users. Instead of employees using multiple different password management systems, they all use Remote Desktop Manager to store them now.
  • We don't have to buy licenses from multiple vendors when everyone uses Remote Desktop Manager.
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Alludo
  • Saves money on having to buy a Windows and MacBook, as the MacBook can run almost 99% of all Windows software and usually run it faster and share between your MacBook transparently.
  • Gives employers the most flexibility with regards to which OS to adopt across an enterprise
  • We are a media company and everyone uses Macs in our industry, Fortune 500 companies also use Windows and MS Project, Parallels gives you the most flexibility for almost all of these use cases
  • Improves efficiency as the MacBook Pro M3 systems are much faster than some of the fastest corporate issued Windows laptops. What takes me 3-10 seconds for a video export can take 5 minutes on a similar Windows laptop
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ScreenShots

Remote Desktop Manager Screenshots

Screenshot of EntryScreenshot of Main ScreenScreenshot of Tree ViewScreenshot of Overview

Parallels Desktop for Mac Screenshots

Screenshot of Parallels Desktop running Windows applications, on a Mac.Screenshot of the ability to switch between operating systems without rebooting.Screenshot of Coherence Mode, which minimizes distraction.Screenshot of file sharing between Mac and Windows.Screenshot of application development and testing in Windows, Linux, and virtual macOS (Pro & Business Edition).Screenshot of license management in Parallels Desktop (Business Edition).