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Score 8.5 out of 100
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Server Virtualization

    8.1

    Hyper-V

    81%

    Parallels Desktop

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Hyper-V ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Virtual machine automated provisioning

    7.9
    79%
    57 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Management console

    7.9
    79%
    69 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Live virtual machine backup

    8.5
    85%
    61 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Live virtual machine migration

    8.1
    81%
    64 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Hypervisor-level security

    8.1
    81%
    64 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Remote Administration

    Hyper-V

    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
    9.1
    91%
    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
    7.9
    79%
    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
    7.9
    79%
    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

    • Hyper-V is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
    • Parallels Desktop is rated higher in 4 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Support Rating, Implementation Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.7

    Hyper-V

    87%
    70 Ratings
    8.1

    Parallels Desktop

    81%
    20 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    8.0

    Hyper-V

    80%
    6 Ratings
    10.0

    Parallels Desktop

    100%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    8.3

    Hyper-V

    83%
    7 Ratings
    10.0

    Parallels Desktop

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Availability

    9.0

    Hyper-V

    90%
    2 Ratings

    Parallels Desktop

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    9.0

    Hyper-V

    90%
    2 Ratings

    Parallels Desktop

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    7.9

    Hyper-V

    79%
    30 Ratings
    9.0

    Parallels Desktop

    90%
    11 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    8.0

    Hyper-V

    80%
    1 Rating

    Parallels Desktop

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Online Training

    9.0

    Hyper-V

    90%
    1 Rating

    Parallels Desktop

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    5.0

    Hyper-V

    50%
    5 Ratings
    10.0

    Parallels Desktop

    100%
    3 Ratings

    Configurability

    9.0

    Hyper-V

    90%
    1 Rating

    Parallels Desktop

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Ease of integration

    7.0

    Hyper-V

    70%
    1 Rating

    Parallels Desktop

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    9.0

    Hyper-V

    90%
    1 Rating

    Parallels Desktop

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor post-sale

    9.0

    Hyper-V

    90%
    1 Rating

    Parallels Desktop

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor pre-sale

    9.0

    Hyper-V

    90%
    1 Rating

    Parallels Desktop

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Microsoft

    Because Hyper-V is a Microsoft product and based on Windows OS, creating virtual Windows servers and clients are easy. When we want to test our group policies it it best to do it on hyper-v environment then implement to production clients. The same goes with operating system quality and features updates as well as operating system upgrades.
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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

    Microsoft

    • Easy to use GUI - very easy for someone with sufficient Windows experience - not necessarily a system administrator.
    • Provisioning VMs with different OSes - we mostly rely on different flavors of Windows Server, but having a few *nix distributions was not that difficult.
    • Managing virtual networks - we usually have 1 or 2 VLANs for our business purposes, but we are happy with the outcomes.
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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

    Microsoft

    • The only issue I have with Hyper-V is I am unable to use Veeam on my Windows 2016 Server to backup my FreeBSD HAProxy VM.
    • There is some sort of checkpoint issue that I have been unable to figure out, but it works just fine on my Windows 2012 Servers. I do believe this is a Microsoft issue and not a Veeam issue though.
    • Another thing that could be useful that Hyper-V does not have would be some sort of GUI that shows the status of all the VM's on a given server to help us manage them easier and know what is going on. However, I do have Zabbix for this and that does a good job at monitoring all my servers.
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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

    Hyper-V

    Starting Price

    $24.95 per month

    Editions & Modules

    Hyper-V editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Developer$24.951
    Bronze$49.002
    Silver$89.003
    Gold$135.004
    Platinum$199.005

    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

    Microsoft

    Cheap and easy is the name of the game. It has great support, it doesn't require additional licenses, it works the same if it is a cluster or stand-alone, and all the servers can be centrally managed from a system center virtual machine manager server, even when located at remote sites.
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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

    Microsoft

    It is very easy to configure new virtual machines and manage them. But you have to use different interfaces to perform various tasks. Especially as soon as it comes to clustering you have to use at least two different interfaces (Hyper-V Manager and Failover-Cluster Manager) to perform all necessary tasks. The newly released Windows Admin Center is a way into the right direction to get all management tasks into one single interface.
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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

    Microsoft

    In the past 2 years our Hyper-V servers have only had a handful of instances where the VM's on them were unreachable and the physical Hyper-V server had to be restarted. One time this was due to a RAM issue with the physical box and was resolved when we stopped using dynamic memory in Hyper-V. The other times were after updates were installed and the physical box was not restarted after the updates were installed.
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    Corel Corporation

    No answers on this topic

    Performance

    Microsoft

    Hyper-V itself works quickly and rarely gave performance issues but this can be more attributed to the physical server specifications that the actual Hyper-V software in my opinion as Hyper-V technically just utilizes config files such as xml, and a data drive file (VHD, VHDX, etc) to perform its' duties.
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    Corel Corporation

    No answers on this topic

    Support Rating

    Microsoft

    Hyper-V is greatly supported by techs around the world. There are tons of forums, help websites and individuals ready to answer questions. I've never needed to contact Microsoft for help...because help is so easy to find out there. Do a search online for anything related to Hyper-V and you will certainly find an article with spelled out steps on how to do what you are looking to do.
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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

    Microsoft

    We had in person training from a third party and while it was very in depth it was at a beginner's level and by the time we received the training we had advanced past this level so it was monotonous and redundant at that point. It was good training though and would have provided a solid foundation for learning the rest of Hyper-V had I had it from the beginning.
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    Corel Corporation

    No answers on this topic

    Online Training

    Microsoft

    The training was easy to read and find. There were good examples in the training and it is plentiful if you use third party resources also. It is not perfect as sometimes you may have a specific question and have to spend time learning or in the rare case you get an error you might have to research that error code which could have multiple causes.
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    Corel Corporation

    No answers on this topic

    Implementation Rating

    Microsoft

    initial configuration of hyper-v is intuitive to anyone familiar with windows and roles for basic items like single server deployments, storage and basic networking. the majority of the problems were with implementing advanced features like high availability and more complex networking. There is a lot of documentation on how to do it but it is not seamless, even to experienced virtualization professionals.
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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

    Microsoft

    While many have additional features or lower overhead the ease of use and low-cost licensing make Hyper-V our preferred choice for most clients. And because we are mostly a Microsoft shop and it is built on Windows when we need to troubleshoot the hypervisor itself we already have the needed skillset with very little additional training and no need to learn an additional OS like Linux.
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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

    Microsoft

    Nothing is perfect but Hyper-V does a great job of showing the necessary data to users to ensure that there is enough resources to perform essential functions. You can also select what fields show on the management console which is helpful for a quick glance. There are notifications that can be set up and if things go unnoticed and a Hyper-V server runs out of a resource it will safely and quickly shut down the VM's it needs to in order to ensure no Hardware failure or unnecessary data loss.
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    Corel Corporation

    No answers on this topic

    Return on Investment

    Microsoft

    • Hyper-V has provided for an extremely cost-effective virtual environment with disaster recovery. For the size of our business, it's all we need to ensure our desired level of continuity of services and protection against hardware failures.
    • Since we are a Windows shop, deploying Hyper-V means we don't have the added cost of a hypervisor, since it's included in the cost of the Windows Server license. It's all we needed to achieve our goal of running all our virtual machines on a single server with another, less expensive server on tap for replication and failover.
    • We wanted easy deployment and management with disaster recovery while having the ability to leverage our years of Windows SysAdmin experience. Hyper-V fit the bill.
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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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