CloudShare vs. Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
CloudShare
Score 8.0 out of 10
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CloudShare is a solution for hands-on software experiences. From sales demos and POCs, to customer and employee training, certification, and testing, our virtual environments are customizable and allow the end-user to experiment with software in a safe environment that mimics their own, to enable the most effective experiences. CloudShare’s Business Acceleration platform enables some of the world’s top brands to accelerate their entire customer journey anywhere, in…N/A
Parallels RAS
Score 8.6 out of 10
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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
Pricing
CloudShareParallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS)
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CloudShareParallels RAS
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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User Ratings
CloudShareParallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS)
Likelihood to Recommend
8.2
(2 ratings)
8.7
(140 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
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8.6
(18 ratings)
Usability
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7.8
(16 ratings)
Availability
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9.6
(3 ratings)
Performance
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8.6
(3 ratings)
Support Rating
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8.6
(129 ratings)
Online Training
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7.3
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
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8.4
(9 ratings)
Configurability
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8.0
(3 ratings)
Ease of integration
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9.4
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
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9.6
(2 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
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9.4
(3 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
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9.4
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User Testimonials
CloudShareParallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS)
Likelihood to Recommend
CloudShare
I mentioned that during the last two years, a lot of the training we do at my business was impacted, just like a lot of companies. My biggest thing was getting everyone on the same page, and I feel some software does that better than others. With Cloudshare, It allowed me especially to see an accurate snapshot of what was going on with the learning portion of the work that we do by making it easy to digest what was going on in my workplace.
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Alludo
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
CloudShare
  • Virtual classroom
  • Collective management
  • Learning features
  • Flexibility
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Alludo
  • 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
CloudShare
  • Took more time to onboard everyone with how to use it.
  • VM can be very slow at times.
  • Feel like some process are overcomplicated.
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Alludo
  • 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
CloudShare
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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
CloudShare
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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
CloudShare
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Alludo
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
CloudShare
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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
CloudShare
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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
CloudShare
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Alludo
Documentation is fair but sometimes a little difficult to follow
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Implementation Rating
CloudShare
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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
CloudShare
I just felt that Azure had little to no help on the base tiers, whereas with Cloudshare, I felt a fuller "user experience" as it pertains to getting help when I and when my team needed it. I think that was the biggest and main thing in my opinion. In this software space, sometimes the little things can be the difference in picking one software over the other, and that basically was it for us!
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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
CloudShare
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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
CloudShare
  • We save time as we can keep virtual classrooms always ready.
  • It may vary according to the usage scenario, but the user interface is comfortable. When you go into a little detail, you may not need counseling for initial use.
  • You can manage the jobs that you would do multiple times on other platforms at once from here.
  • All of these actually give you a profit. Time wasted, less application usage, less resource consumption, etc.
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Alludo
  • 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

CloudShare Screenshots

Screenshot of Easily Create Complex Environments in MinutesScreenshot of Control Costs & Resources with Advanced User Management FeaturesScreenshot of Calculate ROI with Ready-Made DashboardsScreenshot of Create POCs Directly from SalesforceScreenshot of View Demos and POCs from a Single DashboardScreenshot of Prevent Abandoned POCs in Real Time

Parallels RAS Screenshots

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