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    Overview
    Parallels Desktop Business Edition brings Windows and Windows applications to employees on Mac and enables integration of Mac computers into any work environment from education to financial services, technology, consulting, or medical. Optimized for Windows 10 and 7, macOS High Sierra, and Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. It can help employees to run business-critical applications without compromise: Microsoft Office, Visual Studio, Quicken and QuickBooks for Windows, Access, Project, Autodesk Revit and Inventor, CorelDRAW, ArcGIS, Visio, QuickBooks, Internet Explorer and Adobe Photoshop. Parallels Desktop restricts External Device Access that enforces policies on the use of USB devices, smart cards, and any other external devices plugged into a Mac, for use in Windows. It creates an Expiring Virtual Machines, time-bound and encrypted, that will automatically expire and lock at a defined time to ensure additional security when corporate data is shared externally. Also, Parallels Desktop Business Edition can be deployed through standard software deployment tools. Mass deployment is supported with Jamf Pro, Apple Remote Desktop, IBM Endpoint Manager, Parallels Mac Management for Microsoft SCCM, and other solutions.
    VMware Fusion is a software hypervisor for Macintosh computers. VMware Fusion allows Intel-based Macs to run operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, NetWare, or Solaris on virtual machines, along with their Mac OS X operating system using a combination of paravirtualization, hardware virtualization and dynamic recompilation.
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    Comms Service Provider23%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Educational Organization7%
    Insurance Company5%
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    Computer Software Company21%
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    Parallels Desktop is ranked 14th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) while VMware Fusion is ranked 9th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 1 review. Parallels Desktop is rated 0.0, while VMware Fusion is rated 8.0. On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Fusion writes "Rock solid, more flexible than other solutions, and good support". Parallels Desktop is most compared with VMware Workstation, VMware Player, NComputing vSpace, NVIDIA GRID and Oracle VDI, whereas VMware Fusion is most compared with VMware Player, VMware Horizon View, VMware Workstation, VMware Horizon 7 and VMware Workspace ONE.

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