When it comes to running virtual machines in an Intel-based Mac with OS X Lion installed as the primary operating system, which one is better: Parallels or VMware ? Parallels and VMware are two companies that are both competing for the top spot in the Mac virtualization market. They both have commercially available software solutions for virtualization on Intel-based Macs, each of which offer many great features that overlap in certain areas. Essentially, they do pretty much the same thing. But of course there are differences in what you can achieve if you use either one of their products.
If you've ever found yourself wondering which one of the two companies has the better product when it comes to virtualization software for Macs that are running OS X Lion, then this article is for you. In order to find out which one of them offers the better Mac OS X Lion virtualization software product, you've got to know a few key things. In order to find out what these things are, continue reading the rest of the paragraphs in this article.
First, you should learn a little bit about VMware and its software product for virtualization on the Mac, VMware Fusion. VMware Fusion is currently available in its fourth version and has more than 90 new features on top of everything that has been introduced in the last three versions since its introduction in the market.
VMware Fusion 4 has been specifically designed for Mac OS X Lion, and features tight integration that gives users a wholly "Mac-like" experience outside of the computer's native operating system. This means that users will hardly notice the fact that it's actually Windows they're using or running if they based it on the looks of the user interface.
VMware Fusion 4 also boasts the ability to let users easily switch from a PC to a Mac with minimal effort, and even run Windows without needing to reboot at all. As you can imagine, this will let users save a tremendous amount of time and will allow even the most inexperienced Mac users to not worry about a thing because the technical side has already been ironed out.
And then there's Parallels. Parallels Desktop for Mac was initially called Parallels Workstation for Mac OS X when it was first released in 2005. Since then, it has undergone a number changes, and is now on its 7th release version. The latest version of Parallels Desktop for Mac 7 was only recently announced and released, and like the latest version of VMware Fusion, it features tight integration with the latest version of Mac OS X, Lion. Parallels Desktop for Mac boasts many great features that users will instantly fall in love with.
Some of the best new features on the latest version of Parallels Desktop for Mac as highlighted by the manufacturer include a highly improved user interface, very tight integration with Mac OS X Lion including the ability to use Launchpad for Windows apps, support for Mac OS X parental controls, improved battery life and included support for surround sound 7.1.
Both software products come at relatively great prices and have exceptional support from their manufacturers. But when it comes down to it, which one of them is really better than the other, Parallels or VMware ? One may be able to find the answer to this question simply by listing down each and every single feature that is offered by VMware Fusion 4 and Parallels Desktop for Mac 7. In the end, the winner should be the one that offers the most bang for buck.
Although both Parallels Desktop for Mac and VMware Fusion offer tight integration with the latest version of Mac OS X Lion, only one of them really goes all the way through with integration. That one is Parallels, since it doesn’t have missing features related to the user interface items unlike VMware Fusion.
And when it comes to overall system performance, benchmark results published on various online publications have shown time and time again that Parallels always comes out on top of VMWare Fusion, even if only by a little. The performance shown by Parallels Desktop for Mac is slightly faster overall compared with VMware Fusion.
The numbers on the benchmarks tests don't lie. So on the question of which one is better, Parallels or VMware Fusion, the answer is clearly Parallels Desktop for Mac.