Parallels and VMware are two of the leading names in virtualization software, and their Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion are very worthy head-to-head rivals in this space. The two applications are similarly priced and both have strong features sets. So any insight we can gain on how the two stack up against each other is […]
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Parallels Kicks Ass, Takes VMware’s Name in Tests

Parallels vs VMware

Parallels and VMware are two of the leading names in virtualization software, and their Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion are very worthy head-to-head rivals in this space. The two applications are similarly priced and both have strong features sets. So any insight we can gain on how the two stack up against each other is very helpful.

For the last several weeks, the good people at MacTech have been working on their latest virtualization benchmarks, and testing VMware Fusion 3.1 vs.Parallels Desktop 6 (the latest versions of each app). And as you can see in the graphic above, Parallels Desktop is dishing out a beating to VMware Fusion in the general tests. The margin is even larger in the 3D graphics tests.

MacTech are going to be publishing the full test results in their January print issue – which you can sign up to get here: http://macte.ch/subscribe. In the meantime, here is a little detail on the testing methods and a preview of the results:

This benchmark suite, as it has been in the past, is made up of several thousand tests, many of which are done with a stopwatch to give you real world results. It gives you, the reader, an even-handed assessment as to performance for the areas that we cover (virtual machine actions, file I/O, CPU footprint, IE and Microsoft Office, and of course, 3D graphics and games).

BIG PICTURE PREVIEW

We won’t keep you in suspense. When we look at the “big picture” of all the testing, Parallels is the clear winner. If you count up the general tests (including one 3D graphics score), Parallels won 61% of the tests by 10% or more, and was also a bit faster on an additional 23% more of the tests. In other words, Parallels Desktop 6 beat VMware Fusion 3.1 in 84% of the general tests we ran.

This is just one publication’s battery of tests of course, but it sure looks like a huge win for Parallels. I used VMware Fusion for years and have always thought it is an excellent product; but the newest version of Parallels Desktop for Mac caught my attention with some of its sexy new features (including an iPad remote app with remote access to my virtual Windows machine) and I switched to it around three months ago.

I’m very happy with Parallels Desktop, and it does feel faster and smoother – just about across the board – than VMware.

What about you all? Which virtualization app do you use? Which others have you tried, and which have you found the best?

Source: MacTech via 9to5Mac

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