PMS? You Don't Want It!

by Team M5 on April 26, 2013

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In a recent article published by TechTarget’s Gabe Knuth, he introduces Parallels Management Suite for SCCM as a solution to Mac Management in the Enterprise.  Managing Macs for use in an enterprise environment is no small feat.  Security is easily the number one concern when employees start bringing in personal Macs to use for work, and to say the new Parallels offering satisfies that concern is untrue.

Sure, both MokaFive and Parallels will allow you to run a Windows virtual desktop on a Mac or Windows host, but there are differences in domain join support, rolling out updates, security, UX, and overall flexibility.  When a new employee joins a company, there are required steps taken to onboard that user, and most of the burden is placed on IT to deal with it.  That remains the same with Parallels Management Suite (here on out known as PMS), in that users still require assistance when trying to join a corporate domain. MokaFive has always enabled IT departments to automate that process, further delivering a seamless user experience to employees.  If an employee downloads a malicious virus that corrupts their VM, users of PMS will be forced to reinstall their entire OS image, therefore losing all user installed apps, data, and settings.   Another disadvantage to PMS is the lack of full rollback capabilities for image updates.  It is possible, but customers will need to script it, and deliver it through SCCM (hardly a convenient process for IT).

Parallels Management Suite does allow IT to set up a local update server, or use an SCCM plug-in to manage updates to Parallels Desktop clients.  When compared to MokaFive’s automated approach, IT can issue a company-wide update with the click of a mouse, right from the management console.  Need to oversee which apps employees are using while at work?  Guess what, no app management with Parallels.

MokaFive’s security architecture essentially encapsulates a secure container around everything that is important.  Seven layers of policy-based security lock down user data across all devices, no matter which they are using.  Add in AD 2-factor Authentication, and all data on the virtual disk is encrypted.  Can PMS offer the same?  Nope.

All in all, while Parallels Management Suite pushes Parallels towards an enterprise capable solution they still have a ways to go.  Securing devices and data for use in corporate environments demand for security features to be woven in at every level.  You can’t just slap features on top of a consumer-focused product and call it ready for enterprise deployment.

In the meantime, take a free trial by MokaFive and discover what a secure and seamless user experience is really like…


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