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Likelihood to Recommend

Hyper-V

A specific scenario where Hyper-V is well suited would be for environment testing purposes. Let's say you want to learn or test a new OS for a product or just for learning purposes. You are able to boot up this OS in just a few mins on Hyper-V and then begin working, testing and learning with no money out of your pocket. You don't have to go out and build or buy a new PC (assuming your current PC has enough memory and CPU usage for a single VM.).I do not think there is a scenario where this would not be appropriate. This is not really a piece of software that you need to install to do other things. If you are enabling Hyper-V you are using it to create a virtual environment. The only time you really wouldn't use this is if your application would be better off running in a docker/container setup.
Charles R. Coggins III | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels Desktop

Parallels is excellent for QA teams who need to test on a variety of operating systems, or from Mac users who need to run Windows apps in an integrated way simultaneously with their Mac apps, without a lot of performance overhead. Parallels is especially well-suited for power users who have state-of-the-art hardware running the latest version of both Parallels and Mac OS X. It is less-suited for those who cannot upgrade to the newest version of OS X or Parallels, as certain combinations of host operating system with Parallels will not work at all. It is also less-suited for those without high end hardware, and for game developers, VR developers, and others who are hoping to run PC games on a Mac at a decent frame rate. Finally, Parallels is also not suited for those who wish to run very old versions of Mac OS X like Snow Leopard (released in June 2009) which is only supported in its hard-to-find Server edition, or older than Snow Leopard, which are not supported at all.
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Hyper-V
7.7
Parallels Desktop
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Hyper-V
8.0
Parallels Desktop
Management console
Hyper-V
7.3
Parallels Desktop
Live virtual machine backup
Hyper-V
7.6
Parallels Desktop
Live virtual machine migration
Hyper-V
7.5
Parallels Desktop
Hypervisor-level security
Hyper-V
8.2
Parallels Desktop

Remote Administration

Hyper-V
Parallels Desktop
9.4
Screen sharing
Hyper-V
Parallels Desktop
7.0
File transfer
Hyper-V
Parallels Desktop
9.7
Instant message
Hyper-V
Parallels Desktop
10.0
Access to sleeping/powered-off computers
Hyper-V
Parallels Desktop
10.0
Over-the-Internet remote session
Hyper-V
Parallels Desktop
10.0
Remote management of servers & workstations
Hyper-V
Parallels Desktop
10.0
Remote Active Directory® management
Hyper-V
Parallels Desktop
9.0
Centralized management dashboard
Hyper-V
Parallels Desktop
7.3
Session record
Hyper-V
Parallels Desktop
10.0
Annotations
Hyper-V
Parallels Desktop
10.0
Monitoring and Alerts
Hyper-V
Parallels Desktop
10.0
Multi-platform remote control
Hyper-V
Parallels Desktop
9.3

Pros

Hyper-V

  • Checkpoints are the easiest in Hyper-V. Creating them on live systems, restoring a system to a previous checkpoint in seconds and maintaining the one you were just using in case you have to go back to it again.
  • Controlling the resources is extremely useful in Hyper-V as opposed to other solutions that have basic tools only. With Hyper-V you can assign specific number of cores of CPU, or amounts of RAM, and you can set these dynamically with a type of "importance" for each VM, so that if one VM is more essential than a 2nd one, but both are trying to consume 100% of the CPU/RAM, you can designate which server has the most importance and Hyper-V will give it the resources over the 2nd one.
  • Replicas are required! If your Hyper-V host dies, your company dies. If you have a Replica Hyper-V Host, you are in good shape! Spinning up a replica server can be done automatically when the primary VM fails, or manually to give you a chance to modify IP/MAC/HostName/etc. This can be done in seconds and have your company up and running again in moments versus days!
John Fester | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels Desktop

  • USB device compatibility. This is ESSENTIAL when using some of the USB-connected testing hardware I often have to work with.
  • Parallels also makes it seamless to share data between the host OS and the virtual environment.
  • I spend most of my time in Parallels running Windows, but at times I do load up a Linux or Android VM for testing. I am able to switch back and forth between them or run multiples with little to no effort.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Hyper-V

  • For me, checkpoints have been a sore spot over the years. These are system snapshots, where you can roll back the system to a previous point in time if you encounter issues after installing updates, applications, or making changes to the system. I'm using Server 2016 and haven't tried them in this version, but earlier versions created all sorts of issues if you ran into a scenario where you needed to recover a VM. I don't use these, instead relying on Veeam backups.
  • Moving VMs from one server to another could be easier. To be clear, I'm not talking about Replica, but actual VM migration.
Nathan Roberts | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels Desktop

  • 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.
Stefan Boeykens | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 10.0
Based on 4 answers
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.
Tim Starkenburg | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels Desktop

No score
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Usability

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 10.0
Based on 4 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels Desktop

Parallels Desktop 8.0
Based on 1 answer
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)
Stefan Boeykens | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels Desktop

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Performance

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels Desktop

No score
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Support Rating

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 8.0
Based on 18 answers
The largest reason for this rating is due to the Microsoft pay for support model. If the user has an active support agreement with microsoft then the support is good with timely responses and support personnel who will work the problems to completion. The knowledge bases are very large and difficult to search. There are a large number of resources available. Microsoft licensing models make it difficult to properly license environments.
James McCullough | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels Desktop

Parallels Desktop 8.9
Based on 7 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 8.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels Desktop

No score
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Online Training

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels Desktop

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Implementation Rating

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Make sure to test the upgrade on a machine with test VM's that are either backed up or are ok to be corrupted in case of failure. Other than that there are few things to worry about
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels Desktop

Parallels Desktop 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Denise Wade | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Hyper-V

We use VirtualBox for non-production environments and pre-production testing because it's free. In our experience, we are not confident in VirtualBox for a production environment. On the flip-side, VMware is overkill for our needs and is too complex for our small I.T. dept to manage. Hyper-V is right in the middle. We already have it via existing licenses and it has a familiar feel to anyone who has used Microsoft's server operating systems.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels Desktop

I have not used any other program to meet these needs and to be honest I didn't want to. Parallels had great reviews and from my research it would do what I needed, so there was no reason to look elsewhere. On top of that, Parallels is not overly expensive for the capability you get
nancy lauer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels Desktop

No score
No answers yet
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Return on Investment

Hyper-V

  • Positive: It saved my client money because they didn't have to provide an entire laptop for me. Instead, they just gave me a USB stick with an ISO file, which I used to load their image on my Hyper-V.
  • Negative: Downtime. I have spent a lot of time troubleshooting connectivity and stability issues within Hyper-V. So although it saved them the initial money of not having to provide a separate laptop, a lot of money was spent in man-hours trying to troubleshoot other issues.
  • Positive: Interfacing with the local system. How a VM interfaces with a local system can often be hit or miss. As an example, I'm referring to how easily it can copy/paste between the two systems. Hyper-V does this remarkably well, and it also handles screen sizing with ease.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels Desktop

  • Parallels has enabled us to move to MacOS for some of our roles, and those users couldn't be happier. Even though they are still using Windows under the covers, Continuity Mode abstracts that away, and users feel like they never have to leave MacOS.
  • We often don't need most of the features that Parallels offers, and so, it doesn't always feel like money well spent. Parallels would do well to consider additional price points to help justify its cost versus free alternatives.
  • Parallels struggles to justify why users should upgrade alongside the yearly MacOS upgrade. Screenshots and email integration are amongst the headlining features this year. Yawn.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Hyper-V

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Hyper-V Editions & Modules

Edition
Developer$24.951
Bronze$49.001
Silver$89.001
Gold$135.001
Platinum$199.001
  1. Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Parallels Desktop

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Parallels Desktop Editions & Modules

Edition
Parallels Desktop79.991
Parallels Desktop Pro Edition$992
Parallels Desktop Business Edition99.992
Parallels Desktop 1649.993
Parallels Desktop Pro Edition49.994
  1. per license
  2. per license/per year
  3. per license
  4. per license/per year
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Hyper-V
8.2
Parallels Desktop
9.3

Likelihood to Renew

Hyper-V
10.0
Parallels Desktop

Usability

Hyper-V
10.0
Parallels Desktop
8.0

Reliability and Availability

Hyper-V
9.0
Parallels Desktop

Performance

Hyper-V
9.0
Parallels Desktop

Support Rating

Hyper-V
8.0
Parallels Desktop
8.9

In-Person Training

Hyper-V
8.0
Parallels Desktop

Online Training

Hyper-V
9.0
Parallels Desktop

Implementation Rating

Hyper-V
10.0
Parallels Desktop
9.0

Scalability

Hyper-V
9.0
Parallels Desktop

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