Citrix Workspace (discontinued) vs. Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Citrix Workspace (discontinued)
Score 7.7 out of 10
N/A
Citrix Workspace is a workspace solution that delivers secure access to all apps and files from a single interface. Based on the former Scalextreme product, it will not receive future updates from Citrix.N/A
Parallels RAS
Score 8.7 out of 10
N/A
Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS, formerly 2X RAS), is application virtualization technology, billed as a solution to extend the life of legacy OS (like Windows XP) with its virtual desktop for any device. Maltese company 2X Software developed the technology, but was acquired by Parallels (in Seattle, WA) in February, 2015 to extend their cross-platform support solutions.
$120
per year per user
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Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Considered Both Products
Citrix Workspace (discontinued)
Chose Citrix Workspace (discontinued)
Citrix does great at allowing us to access work from remote locations. Our IT provider is very familiar with the product and is able to troubleshoot this product much better than the competitors.
Parallels RAS
Chose Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS)
We love the easy integration and functionality on the client side. With Citrix Workspace we always had connectivity issues and re-logins, which we never had with Parallels RAS. Awingu was also a good choice, because of its browser-only approach, but sometimes it is too …
Chose Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS)
Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS) stacks up against VMware Horizon and Citrix Workspace because it was much more cost effective and easier to install, configure and implement. Our decision to use Parallels RAS was because of using all features with one license …
Chose Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS)
The cost of the two products is significantly different. Though Citrix has many advantages and features, the cost was a primary factor that helped us make that choice.
Chose Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS)
Cost:Parallels RAS is generally considered to be more cost-effective than Citrix, with a lower upfront investment and lower ongoing maintenance costs.
Parallels RAS is generally more user-friendly than Citrix, with a simpler user interface and more intuitive navigation for both …
Chose Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS)
Price is better for Parallels and Easier to install/roll out.
Chose Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS)
Simplicity cost. It is a wrapper for MS RDP, not its own proprietary protocol as in both of these examples. I like the greater support for multiple OS and client flexibility. However, tuning the base network stack for high latency is mostly out of scope.
Chose Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS)
We used Citrix XenApp prior to Parallels and due to the complexity of an upgrade, it caused us to begin looking for other products. We ran into Parallels RAS and decided to give it a shot. We had a working POC within 30 minutes and launched apps within the hour. The …
Chose Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS)
We still have one small Citrix unit in production. But Parallels Remote Application Server is far simpler to configure and get working out the box with exactly what you need, whether it be publishing entire desktops or publishing standalone applications. One of the nice …
Chose Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS)
Parallels RAS stacks up against other options, but each has its own pros and cons; it is important to know what a company is trying to accomplish with the solution to make the best decision as they're all good products. The same is true across the board with IT. For instance, …
Chose Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS)
Citrix is much more expensive and MAS lacks some features that PRAS has out of the box.
Chose Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS)
Does everything we used to do in Citrix for half the cost!
Chose Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS)
To be honest, we thought of Parallels Remote Application Server as a poor man's Citrix. We went with it initially because it met the immediate need and was a lot cheaper, but that might not be a fair description considering the features provided. They've continued to add new …
Chose Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS)
Our previous Citrix environment was aging, and when we spoke with our ERP vendor, and discovered that they were using Parallels Remote Application Server as their own hosting platform for hosted clients, it made it an easier decision to deploy knowing that they were using the …
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User Ratings
Citrix Workspace (discontinued)Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS)
Likelihood to Recommend
8.2
(8 ratings)
8.7
(140 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
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8.8
(18 ratings)
Usability
9.0
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7.8
(16 ratings)
Availability
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9.6
(3 ratings)
Performance
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8.7
(3 ratings)
Support Rating
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8.7
(129 ratings)
Online Training
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7.3
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
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8.6
(9 ratings)
Configurability
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8.0
(3 ratings)
Ease of integration
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9.5
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
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9.6
(2 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
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9.5
(3 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
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9.5
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User Testimonials
Citrix Workspace (discontinued)Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS)
Likelihood to Recommend
Discontinued Products
Citrix Workspace is no doubt one of the best solutions if you are looking for seamless access to multiple daily used applications at a single place in a company secured connection. It has centralized updates and a patching mechanism which makes it operate hassle-free. If you are using AWS cloud in your company and big fan of it, you can also go for Amazon Workspaces for a uniform ecosystem.
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Parallels RAS can be used in many scenarios, It can be a VDI platform for desktop replacement and a move to a more central virtualized infrastructure. It can allow you to publish a cloud app that can be accessed from anywhere on nearly any device avoiding the need to install anything on device. I can see its value in Retail, Remote services, Manufacturing, schools, etc. anywhere with an internet connection. It adds a secure layer in front of RDP services. It can be used to allow secure access to desktops or laptops from outside the office if this is something you need to do
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Pros
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  • It provides secure environment for the access of client's database.
  • If we have verified account or having the login id password (credentials) we have the access of Workspace as long as we want.
  • Connectivity is so simple that first time user also understand all the features.
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  • The printing driver is quite excellent, both in the Parallels Client and on the HTML5 client.
  • Setup is incredibly easy; the default setup is very functional, and adding features is a breeze.
  • Speed is very acceptable in general for end-users, the clients adapt quite well to the amount of bandwidth available, and features are available to adjust further.
  • Automation through PowerShell is great.
  • Support is usually quite fast and efficient.
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Cons
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  • I find it particularly difficult to easily save to anything other than my file database, such as my regular desktop files. The series of folder paths is very confusing in my opinion.
  • I cannot save pdfs to my remote system and must save them locally.
  • No printing to work place destination capability.
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  • Enable users' access to their personal computer drives when accessing the cloud services through Parallels RAS.
  • Limiting and controlling the access to server resources for the users.
  • Need improvement in managing the resolution of service accessed via RAS Client (works well via RAS Browser, though).
  • Improve access to personal and organizational print and scanning devices from the cloud service.
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Likelihood to Renew
Discontinued Products
We find Citrix Workspace an easy to use, reliable and secure remote access tool. We never have issues accessing either environments (workstations, servers and virtual machines) not using deployed applications.
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Alludo
We have been using Parallels since it was called 2X - it is a major part of how we do business. It is fairly simple to use and maintain - staff like it, we like it. It is a product that makes a promise - and it keeps it. As Parallels evolves, and clean bandwidth becomes more readily available everywhere - it just makes sense to continue to use Parallels in our environment
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Usability
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Access to the workspace is simple and quick, using username and password and a second factor authentication. Once logged in, you can see all the environments (servers, virtual machines, etc) and applications that are available based on the permission granted to your user. With a couple of clicks you can easily access to your remote desktop or to one of the applications.
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Alludo
You do not need to be an expert in IT to configure, manage or train anyone to use RAS. Everything about deployment was simple and straightforward although I do wish the integration with okta and SAML was there and it didn't require the use of Active Directory for certain parts of the deployment. We eliminated AD and use Okta exclusively but without the integration we are forced to setup local users and use WORKGROUP on the server. Not terrible, just not as streamlined or secure
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Reliability and Availability
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If there are any issues with Parallels - they are usually more about the server operating systems than Parallels itself. It would be rare for us to have any reason to take Parallels offline - we schedule a reboot on the servers at 3am to keep the O/S itself fresh, but again - it is not a Parallels issue. If individual users have any issues we ask them to completely log out of parallels - which ends their session - and then back in - and that typically resolves the issue right away.
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Performance
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Alludo
I am giving Parallels 9/10 on this one because the only application that sometimes seems slow or has issues - is Microsoft Outlook. It is sometimes the result of a pop-up that may not show up in the published application (vs full desktop). Other than that - pages load very quickly - and it does not seem to slow down other applications that are running at the same time. Most of our users run Outlook, softphone and Teams locally - and published applications for everything else. When they do that - it is very solid.
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Support Rating
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Alludo
Good support in place if required, very helpful when it comes to upgrades or any issues faced. The support team is knowledgeable, friendly, and quick to respond to issues The company also provides a range of online resources, including a
knowledge base, documentation, and forums, which can be helpful before raising a ticket
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Online Training
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Alludo
Documentation is fair but sometimes a little difficult to follow
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Implementation Rating
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Alludo
Overall, it was pretty simple compared to most other projects. Again, we had a strong familarity with the product so there was not much of a learning curve. Our 'biggest' issue is the end-user understanding of a 'local' application and a published application. For example - Online meetings need to run locally for camera/video to work smoothly so opening a link to a meeting from a published application continues to be an occasional issue.
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Alternatives Considered
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Citrix does great at allowing us to access work from remote locations. Our IT provider is very familiar with the product and is able to troubleshoot this product much better than the competitors.
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Alludo
Compared to other offerings, including Citrix and MS plain RDS - this product provides a different level of experience. Its load balancing capabilities are simple to roll out, and an entire farm can be up and running in hours, NOT days. Its OS independence and minimum resource usage, along with its RDS server optimization policies, make it very resource efficient.
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Scalability
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Alludo
We added our Integrated Services Staff to parallels, with filtered, published applications - in a single afternoon. We added licensing and installed the desktop client software on multiple platforms both in the office and at remote sites all on the same day - and got remote users that had never used the product up and running - very quickly.
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Return on Investment
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  • During the pandemic, Citrix Workspace was vital in allowing me to continue operations by working from home. Without Citrix Workspace, I think that our company would have had a lot of trouble with all of the WFH operations.
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  • Our customers have had dramatic cost decreases due to no longer needing IT departments to work with our software.
  • We've been able to charge more for our hosting services due to our customers saving money in the long run. Parallels Remote Application Server has more than paid for itself, and the increased income has gone right back into the business.
  • Both our customers and our company have benefited from this transition.
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ScreenShots

Parallels RAS Screenshots

Screenshot of the console interface, showing Parallels RAS' support for on-premises, private and public cloud providers, including Azure and AWS.Screenshot of the Parallels Web Client, which is accessible from any HTML5 browser or choose one of the many local clients.Screenshot of Parallels RAS' integration with MSIX app attach for modern, dynamic app delivery.Screenshot of Parallels RAS' support for multiple MFAs for security and flexibility.Screenshot of the integrated Let's Encrypt security certificates, to issue and manage certificates in Parallels RAS.Screenshot of expression-based filtering which makes it easier to set policies in the Parallels RAS.