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Parallels RAS


What is Parallels RAS?

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,…

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  • $120 per year per user
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What is Parallels RAS?

Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) is a remote work solution that provides secure virtual access to business applications and desktops on any device or OS—from anywhere. The platform offers an agile, cloud-ready foundation and end-to-end security fueled by a centralized management console with granular policies. Companies can leverage on-premises, hybrid, or public cloud deployments and integrate with existing technology like Microsoft Azure and AWS. Parallels RAS aims to give organizations the flexibility, scalability, and IT agility to adapt to changing business needs. Parallels RAS offers a single, full-featured licensing model that includes 24/7 support and access to product training. The vendor states its key benefits include:

  • User experience—work from anywhere, on any device.
  • Enhanced data security and compliance—centralized management console with granular policies.
  • IT agility and business readiness—flexible hosting solutions to scale and adapt.
  • Total cost of ownership—supports BYOD and includes a simple licensing model.
  • Always-on support—access to 24/7 support and training at no additional cost.

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.Screenshot of the visual reporting in the Parallels RAS Management Console which is used to monitor and troubleshoot issues.

Parallels RAS Videos

This video shows how to deploy virtual apps and desktops via Parallels RAS in Azure by using Parallels RAS in the Azure Marketplace. This is a fast way to create a proof of concept (POC) or test environment.
This video demonstrates the steps an administrator takes within the Parallels RAS Console to successfully deliver services to end users via Amazon EC2.
Parallels RAS themes allow an organization to transform what the user sees when they access resources delivered via Parallels RAS. For example, custom branding (white labeling) can be applied, a custom URL can be set for the end user, and access can be locked down to specific ...
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MSIX app attach is an Azure Virtual Desktop feature. It provides application modernization, improves application lifecycle management, and reduces hardware footprint and IT management overhead by using fewer templates. Parallels RAS brings MSIX app attach technology to RDSH,...
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Automated certificate management with Let's Encrypt integration.
Parallels RAS includes cloud cost-reduction capabilities, including autoscaling, power management, and automated image optimization. Parallels RAS adds more cost-reduction measures by extending cost-saving capabilities to storage. When the virtual machine (VM) is not running...
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What is Parallels RAS

Parallels RAS Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux, Mac, Windows Server 2008R2, 2012/R2, 2016, 2022, Windows 7, 8/8.1, 10, 11
Mobile ApplicationAndroid, Mobile Web, iPadOS
Supported LanguagesEnglish, German, Japanese, Russian, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Parallels RAS starts at $120.

Citrix DaaS, VMware Horizon, and VMware Horizon Cloud Service on Microsoft Azure are common alternatives for Parallels RAS.

Reviewers rate Availability highest, with a score of 9.6.

The most common users of Parallels RAS are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees).
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Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
When protecting organisational data and information you need a solution to allow users access without restricting their ability to perform there work.
  • Easy of adding and taking away users when they are employed and when they move on from a project to their next assignment
  • Protect organisation information
  • Ease of scaling infrastructure
  • Multifactor Authentication
  • Integration with other applications
  • Alludo's acquisition of Awingu will enable a lot more features and fucntionality that has been missing
Any VDI scenario would be great for especially for Application data protection
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have a large number of old legacy application (client server). We use Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS) installed as IAAS on GCP cloud platform to provide application usage to a large number of users (1500). The connection is allowed in office or remote user. Security is guaranteed through the use of MFA to access. We also use it on our mobile handled device in the warehouses.
  • application access
  • file share
  • printing
  • stability
  • reports
Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS) is well suited for access to legacy application (client / server). Is cheaper respect to Citrix and have a lot of features that the simple microsoft RAS do not have. This is a very well fit for us. also VDI is a great use of the application. Less appropriate in my opinion on web based applications
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We provided hosted solutions to our customers, primarily moving their on-prem environments to the cloud.
  • Simple User GUI
  • easy to support
  • quick to deploy
  • support turn around could be quicker
virtualizing on-prem servers and providing access to them once migrated to the cloud.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have been using Parallels Remote Application Server on a small scale for a number of years to allow partner organizations securely access resources. With Covid-19, we had dozen of requests per day for remote work and since we had Parallels already, all we had to do was to expand Parallels Remote Application Server capacity and everything worked smoothly.
  • Force specific browser
  • VDI management
  • supports a variety of Operating systems
  • Shadow of remote sessions
  • Health Check on client OS - allow only supported OS if above certain patch level
It's great at forcing specific browser use for certain apps. We have some apps that only work in IE - for example. It can create and spin up desktops from an image - replacing a VDI solution completely. it is great at printing - never had issues with drivers or devices
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS) to easily connect from internal or external to our server farm. We had to make a decision because of the corona crisis and we had to look for a easy solution for home office activities. So we decided to work with Parallels RAS because it has a good pricing and it is easy to configure.
  • secure connection
  • multiscreen
  • connect policies for different departments
  • configuring multi factor authentication for third party products was a little bit difficult
  • teams integration
  • redirection of camera and microphone from applications
Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS) is well suited for companies who wants to have a good priced solution for remote connections or home office activities which is also easy to configure. There is no difficult licensing like on other brands you have on this market When you by a Parallels RAS license, you can use all included features.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use parallels to provide virtual desktop infrastructure to our users. This enables them to be more flexible when working. Set up and administration of parallels is pretty straightforward and support is generally pretty responsive if you have any issues. Parallels will also allow your users to connect to other company resources such as terminal apps.
  • Connection broker
  • Remote app server
  • Administration
  • Better thin client support
  • Improvements to "shell" mode
  • Ease of use for users
I would recommend parallels to anyone that has virtual desktop infrastructure, remote applications, or a hyper converge infrastructure. This could be extra beneficial for a call center as they only bill per active user, so if the call center has any shift changes the business only pays for users that are active.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
We use Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS) for remote access to LOB applications for our customers. We found that it's simple enough to easily deploy/manage, but has enough options to provide for a quick/seamless remote experience for our customers. We manage systems with typically under 50 users each. We moved to Parallels Remote Application Server from Citrix and have never looked back.
  • ease of deployment
  • ease of management
  • simple client/install for users
  • responsive
  • We had one instance of the Parallels Remote Application Server server corrupting without any clear indication as to why, but a simple restore of the RAS server resolved the issue
I think it's well suited to someone smaller environments (sub 100 users). May work well with larger deployments but we have only used it with smaller businesses and it has served us well. In my opinion, it's probably not well suited for a very small environment simply due to the cost.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use it to host our in house developed primary LoB applications as remote apps for our users. This allows us to centrally manage and control access, configurations, and usage of these applications. Parallels RAS has really developed over the 7-8 years I have been using it across several versions and a couple of re-deployments/migrations. It is a solid product for our needs.
  • Ease of application publishing
  • Secure remote gateway and integrations
  • Robust and redundancy can be built in
  • Wide range of platform support and use cases
  • Product support has been good when needed
  • Licensing, our perpetual license was forcefully removed from us after 8 years without warning, causing a doubling of the price, after providing a signed sales quote for renewal through our VAR. Parallels sales team did not seem to care, and was willing to throw away a customer who used their services for nearly a decade, and throw our VAR under the bus.
  • continued addition of new features for existing platforms, not just a focus on the hot new cloud offerings.
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.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We exclusively use it to allow team members to use quickbooks from home. QB over vpn is not supported but using vpn to access RAS and QB as a published app is an extremely efficient way to manage QB deployment and updates and allows QB to run fast no matter what devices are accessing it.
  • Streamlines connectivity to published apps
  • Simple setup
  • Simple licensing
  • Integration with Okta for SSO
  • Wish it didn't require the use of Active Directory for certain features
  • Lower the minimum user count for licensing
Works perfect where you need multiple people to access software remotely and the software has a centralized database or file that is stored on the RAS server and vpn is not an option because of performance / reliability reasons. Also eliminates the need to install the same software on multiple user devices and have to deal with managing updates constantly.
August 21, 2023

Positive Experience

Bryan Tavares | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Parallels Remote Application Server across the whole company and for quicker remote connections from China. The problem that I was experiencing was that when our employees in China tried to RDP into our servers in the USA, the screen would paint line by line. It was possible but it was slow. After hearing about Parallels 2X, I thought I would try. The user experience is much smoother and our users are very satisfied.
  • Just much faster than standard Microsoft RDP
  • Screen stopped freezing
  • I don't see any for our usage
We just use it specifically for remote desktop from China to USA.
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We are an MSP Provider, we use Parallels Remote Application Server in our own Workload but also provide it to customers. Ranging from small use cases up to 200+ user deployments. The main reason we switched to Parallels Remote Application Server coming from its competitor was its ease of deployment and its security options. Especially when SAML MFA came into the picture we increased our deployments.
  • SAML Integration
  • Customization
  • High Availability
  • We had a bug present for many months before a fix was implemented
  • Better integration with Azure functionality would be a plus
In our company when a customer has an out-of-date Citrix installation we always recommend switching to Parallels Remote Application Server, cheaper in-licensing and cheaper in infrastructure needs. It's also a lot easier to implement and maintain. When using Azure Virtual Desktop we currently don't see the need to augment it with Parallels Remote Application Server.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Parallels Remote Application Server is an application and desktop solution that allows users to access their applications / data from any device. The Cost is lower than some other offerings available. Enabled us to transition to home working during the pandemic allowing for both windows and mac users to connect with centralized application management, reducing the overhead to manage it
  • Central Management
  • Secure
  • Low Cost
  • Initial Setup is complex
  • Slow to support new vcenters
  • Reporting
Well suited for a Distributed workforce specifically as more company's transition into a hybrid way of working. Good for Organizations that deal with sensitive data and need to ensure compliance with security regulations with MFA being supported. Scales very well and does not require large vdi farms to support it
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The Parallels RAS allows us to work from home efficiently and effectively through remote desktops that are completely secured and with great speed which enables our employees to work at their greatest potential. This helps our organization to expand IT infrastructure and provide and restrict access of proprietary softwares at any time.
  • Remote desktops
  • Virtual connection
  • Occasionally lags due to fluctuation in internet connection
We are able to setup virtual desktops with Parallels RAS. It's quick, easy to setup, swift deployment and good to use for remotely accessing desktop.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have used it for the team as virtualization product we used to connect client devices via RDP protocol plus SSL encryption
  • Drag n drop publish windows apps to any OS
  • Digital work spaces
  • Load balancing
  • Remote App publishing
  • Performance
  • Security
  • Ease of use
Easy to use. Remote App publishing
Simplified VDI managing
Real time monitoring
WVD integration
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Parallels Remote is resourceful in managing different processes remotely, where there are systematic approaches for file and systems sharing. Besides, Parallels Remote includes the functionality of the different database, where realistic compliance mechanisms and measures are highly utilized. More so, Parallels Remote increases the direct communications that individuals have, which is a professional way of bringing new ideas to the business. Finally, content zipping and accurate data encryption are handled by the program.
  • Practical data encryption, which increases safety.
  • Speedy customer help, which brings progress and more satisfaction.
  • The productivity of every employee, whether they work in any location through remote system access.
  • Parallels Remote has an aggressive systems request and this calls for extra machines.
  • Parallels Remote has a price challenge, which demands some businesses to invest heavily.
  • Other features from Parallels Remote are perfect and useful.
Parallels Remote is the productive approach to remote management, where friendly communications, reliable systems integrations, and concrete business support are well offered. Again, Parallels Remote manages all procedures that focus on innovations and business enhancement. Finally, Parallels Remote is accurately useful, where manageable costs are authentically reduced and better performance enhanced.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Parallels Remote is extensive in ensuring various operations are accurately managed and handled remotely, which brings the teamwork together, and supports the productivity of the company. More so, Parallels Remote has inclined the coordination with different IT programs, where smooth and supported integration are well enhanced. Besides, Parallels Remote provides perfect end to end lock or encryption of data, where advanced analytics is well conducted.
  • Parallels Remote provides an extensive and resourceful user experience.
  • Parallels Remote increases the support offered by the customer desk.
  • The data support, compliance and consolidation are managed by Parallels Remote.
  • Parallels Remote is quite stable, but it also calls for extra machines and systems.
  • Parallels Remote is fruitful to different companies, but small enterprises are slightly ignored.
  • However, Parallels Remote has perfected the remote access procedure or act.
Parallels Remote is constant and professional in delivering quality services for remote collaboration, application sharing, and database management. The universal access of Parallels Remote delivers accurate inference, more so in matters of database analysis and complaisance. The seedy navigation of all communications proceedings and back up systems give Parallels Remote more support and acceptance to new users.
Marzieh Hooshmand | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Easy access to my popular desktop softwares with just one click, all those applications accessible via my tablet and laptop with high security. I use this platform to access the software and files at my workplace, and I spend many hours working remotely on company projects and at the same time continue my higher education. In every way, it has helped me a lot in saving money and time so that I can grow better in the work environment.
  • Very high speed and no data transfer lag
  • Secure and safe platform
  • It works with any device and all platforms
  • Add an internal VPN to connect to networks other than the work environment wifi
  • Building an easier application to connect clients
The remote desktop option is very fast and secure and helps me a lot. Also, sometimes I need some specialized software in the work environment that requires strong hardware to run, which can be done through Parallels Remote Application Server via any devices. It doesn't matter what size your company is, I think it is important for every company to have it.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Parallels Remote ensures all the applications and business details are virtually accessed, where it offers a secure cloud space for any device or operating system. More so, Parallels Remote ensures users can work while in any locality, as accessing desktops and applications is made virtual. Again, Parallels Remote focus on data security, where standard compliance mechanisms are well deployed to strengthen the privacy that businesses need.
  • Parallels Remote has absolute data compliance and security.
  • Besides, Parallels Remote has virtual work system, which gives more collaboration.
  • The tool is IT prepared, where credible integration is well enhanced.
  • The price demands that Parallels Remote requires is hefty.
  • The new users experience may take a while.
  • However, Parallels Remote is quality in its performance and there is the free training.
Parallels Remote is quality in managing most of the business roles online, where data backup and storage are well managed, and desktop and software sharing are well facilitated too. More so, Parallels Remote brings employees into a closed setup, where they communicate virtually and share concepts despite their location. Further, Parallels Remote has the required technological support for friendly business operations.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have many customers (mostly banks and mortgage companies) who use our software. One of the biggest headaches we have is installing our software on-premises and interacting with different organizations IT departments. Parallels Remote Application Server allows these customers to have access to our Windows applications without needing to install them on their machines, essentially allowing us to host our products and services in the cloud. It reduces our customer's costs and provides our company with another revenue stream.
  • Host applications in the cloud
  • Allow access to applications regardless of platform (Windows/Mac/Linux)
  • Excellent security & access filtering
  • Difficult setup for single sign on
  • IP filtering for customers using Parallels client has some issues (with workarounds)
Parallels Remote Application Server is ideal for organizations looking to host their applications in the cloud without the need for installing them on client machines and interacting with different IT departments. It's less suited for web applications that are already in the cloud by their nature.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Parallels Remote Application Server for our external job sites, home offices and remote workplaces.Started with 3 now 35 licenses.
  • Easy to use
  • Fail-safe
  • Customizable configuration interface
  • Improved Linux client
For our use, the product is very good, we use only a fraction of the included functions. In contrast to the competitors, Parallels Remote Application Server is a great product.
September 22, 2022

Parallels Ras Review.

Sven De Bondt | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The use case is always the same: A simple way to set up application publishing for a company Problems that arise sometimes is good file integration ( like Awingu ), so users can up and download files in a much simpler way than now.
  • Html5 gateway.
  • Simplicity of installing/managing.
  • Compatibility
  • File transfers in the html5 interface.
  • Clipboard transfers in the html5 interface.
Best suited for the management of all RDP applications where they are published through the full parallels client.
September 15, 2022

Does what it needs to do.

Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Parallels to distribute Windows applications to several thousand users worldwide in a cloud-based environment. Users needed to access Windows-based apps from multiple networks over the Internet, on machines where software may or may not be possible to deploy, so a web-based interface was a must. Printing is also a major portion of those custom applications, so printing functions need to be absolutely seamless and fully featured across all sorts of devices for users in very varied environments.
  • 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.
  • Lots of undocumented error codes, and documentation, in general, is often lacking and often very outdated for RAS specifically.
  • Upgrades between versions are sometimes flaky; lots of testing is needed to ensure you have a functional gateway after an upgrade.
  • The Parallels console is generally quite good, but some changes are applied instantly, but others are applied after confirmation with no real feedback to the administrator.
If you're a business that needs to distribute line of business or general office-type apps to remote or even local users, RAS is a great alternative compared to its overly complex competitors. Even with a small IT team, anyone can get going and produce a functional application cluster and have users onboarded in no time. Your users will be up and running very quickly for most use cases, but if you require some custom functions or if you're thinking about plug-ins or custom development, you may wish to lock elsewhere. RAS is not very easily extensible beyond automation with PowerShell, which we leverage for automatically scaling instances, but say you wished to implement AzureAD-based MFA, there's no way to do anything except TOTP-based MFA in version 18. Overall for small to large businesses, I think RAS is an excellent solution for VDI and RemoteApps-type use cases; for extremely large businesses, there'd need to be a very strong business case analysis.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
NSD Tech offers specialized cloud-based SaaS solutions to external organizations in Canada. The organizations represent a variety of userbases who use a variety of technological devices to access our cloud services. Parallels RAS enables access to the cloud service securely anywhere on any of their registered device in Canada. Parallels RAS also enables licensing management and user authorization.
  • Remote access to the cloud service.
  • Simplified implementation with detailed documentation.
  • Parallels RAS technical support.
  • Ease of access and installation to the end-users.
  • Enable multi-device access, controlling the concurrent access by users.
  • 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.
Parallels RAS is well suited for: multi-device and anywhere access to the cloud service for medium-large organizations; simplified automated administration in smaller teams; access to windows desktop applications on Linux, Chrome, Android, and iOS devices licensing management for the users delivering multiple cloud applications seamlessly Less appropriate for Enabling access to personal and organizational resources from the cloud service.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use RAS for delivering our SAAS software in North America. Since our software is developed on Microsoft technologies, we always felt we were missing out on the opportunities for macOS or Linux users. Implementing RAS allowed us to increase our market share.
  • Support is Top Notch!
  • Easy to configure policies
  • Easy Sync with AD
  • UI, could be better. Specially for HTML clients.
  • Interaction with end-user file system is very combursome and does not allow easy access.
Costing is one place, where it might not be very suitable for a startup. Also, there is no monthly model - which sometimes makes it difficult to sell to a dynamic market. It is very well suited for companies who are scaling up.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Parallels Remote Application Server to deploy legacy fat-client applications to our remote users. The applications are bandwidth-intensive, so deploying them in this way allowed us to provide access over a VPN and solve the significant lag and crashing that had been happening previously. It immediately added tremendous value and end-user satisfaction.
  • Simplify access.
  • Setup is easy compared to Citrix.
  • Very stable and reliable.
  • I honestly cannot think of any.
Parallels Remote Application Server is well suited for deploying applications to end users in which you wish to control the experience and simplify the rollout. This not only helped our end users, but our support staff is no longer managing the application on every desktop. It's a big win. Keep server backend resources in mind... it's not intensive by any means, but could be overlooked.
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