MacTech Labs recently completed a long series of benchmark tests to determine the most powerful desktop virtualization platform on Apple computers. By the time the tests were completed, Parallels' Desktop for Mac was capable of easily outperforming VMware's Fusion.
The test put the two virtualization platforms through their paces running everyday programs, such as productivity applications and games, on four different Apple machines and running both Windows XP and Windows 7 as guest operating systems. The trial also evaluated the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of software when it was applicable.
Overall, the two platforms performed evenly in just 6 percent of the general benchmarking tests run during the examination. VMware Fusion was the clear winner in 6 percent of the tests and a bit faster than Parallels Desktop just 4 percent of the time. Parallels desktop was the clear winner in an overwhelming 61 percent of the trials, and performed slightly faster than Fusion 23 percent of the time.
Parallels is a leading provider of both desktop and virtual server hosting solutions. This February, the company will host one of the largest industry conferences on virtualization. Parallels expects this year to be one of the largest summits in its history, with more than 1,500 guests expected to attend.