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- Easy server setup and configuration.
- You can use Parallels on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android.
- User experience is great, from image quality to input response.
- Printer configuration done easily using Universal Printing.
- Some improvement can be done managing open sessions.
- Effectively configure idle disconnection times.
- Ability to add applications from shared resources.
- Current and historic RAS license usage.
I guess RAS may not be well suited on a completely local user scenario when users only need the work content strictly inside office.
- Keyboard input detection is vital on iOS, where users are used to keyboard input bringing the keyboard up automatically.
- Management of the RAS setup is extremely intuitive and works well.
- Permission controls in the system are dynamic allowing several different policies to be applied depending on physical location, group membership, etc.
- Remote install is one of the coolest features, but sometimes doesn't play well with domain policies such as recommended CIS Baselines in different VLAN zones.
- Would be nice if seamless apps showed up as dock icons in macOS the way Parallels for Desktop does.
- Printing from published applications.
- Easy to set up and keep running.
- We would like to be able to do what we do with Citrix published ICA files—essentially free-standing configurations that once ran function like a local application while they log in (in the background).
- Easy for end users to use.
- Will eliminate the need for more I.T. employees.
- Support is great.
- I have noticed that for no apparent reason some employees notice some slowness when using Remote Apps.
- Installing the server can be difficult.
- Although support is great in the sense that you always get someone that knows their product well, sometimes you must wait hours to hear something back.
- Parallels allows us to save on application software licensing costs.
- RAS enables our doctors to access most local applications remotely.
- Parallels is easy to use and most people pick up on its' value quickly.
- When using Parallels to view DICOM images using RadiAnt. Our doctors do not get as clear of an image using RAS as they do from their local desktops.
- Even after increasing bandwidth at both our office and home, images do not stream as clear as if you have the actual application installed on your desktop or laptop.
- As a medical facility, it would be nice to have a direct contact for support questions.
Parallels is not appropriate for public networks or areas with low RF signal or Internet bandwidth. It hangs and disconnects.
- Simple infrastructure.
- Easy to use interface.
- Good way to deliver Windows app's to Mac desktops.
- 15 user minimum license is a pain but still good value.
- Support is decent enough for my small deployment but I wonder what it would be like in a complicated environment.
When COVID-19 sent employees home, we were fortunate to have had Parallels already in production. We transitioned to a remote work environment and it was a totally smooth transition.
We provide our own BMD Software to our customers with Parallels Remote Application Server.
With BMD Cloud Services our goal is to offer more flexibility and mobility using BMD software. BMD offers the possibility to access the entire software package via the Internet directly on a server, secured and maintained by our BMD tech department.
Enable clients to do bookkeeping on your tax office’s IT infrastructure. The need not to exchange data constantly with clients leads to higher customer loyalty and up-to-date data.
With Parallels it is very easy for our costumers to connect to our cloud system.
- Very good load balancing between session host servers.
- Universal printing works great.
- Client for Windows, Mac and mobile devices.
- Every major upgrade is not so easy to install.
- Like every other software - wait and don't use the first build of an upgrade.
- Central administration for all remote desktop services (RDS, VDI, RemotePC)
- Compatibility with most 2FA solutions
- Out-of-the-box free-of-charge high-availability and load-balancing virtual appliances
- Support of nearly all client OS and devices
- HTML5 browser-based interface for clientless access where needed
- Working with local and published applications at the same time can result in window fades.
- The look and feel of the client Interface is not modern, but functional.
- Every type of client one could ask for.
- Strong Mac client (the reason we started using it).
- Easy setup and maintenance of settings.
- Great printing support.
- More flexible client when multiple users need to log into the same workstation.
- Some issues with accessing local drives in unique situations.
- HTML 5 client
- VDI on the shelf
- Load balancing
- Heavy client: limit usage of special ports that might be blocked by corporate network policies.
- RAS: limit usage of special ports that might be blocked by corporate network policies.
- VDI creation from templates: performances.
- Support for multiple application types (web, local, desktop, files).
- Security - Delivering everything via a single secure gateway.
- Integrates incredibly well into existing infrastructure.
- Delivers a similar experience across multiple client types (PC's, Mac's, Tablets, Browsers).
- Setting up MFA/2FA can be a little complex - I'd like to see a "security first" approach with guided setup at the time of deployment.
- We are a mostly Mac (95%) based educational organization, which generally works very well for us. Unfortunately, there are a few areas such as finance where Windows-only applications are required. We use Parallels Remote Application Server to publish these applications needed for use by our users.
- This includes:
- A core piece of financial software, which was initially terminal access, then switched to an Internet Explorer only Active-X based solution. We were able to transition our users to an application published by Parallels Server.
- Our library management software is also PC only. Initially, we deployed standalone Windows machines to run this software, but as they aged out, we migrated them to the Parallels client running the library application. As a positive side effect, the fact that the app was running on a server in the data center right next to the core database server made the app faster for our users.
- Our psychology team has also dealt with several very custom pieces of software for diagnosing students that were PC only. Once again, we were able to use Parallels Remote Application Server to allow them to run on their Macs.
- There have been some other pieces of software over the years that we also ran via Parallels, which have, thankfully, either started providing a Mac version or migrated to a standards-compliant web application.
- We have been delighted with Parallels Remote Application Server as a solution to help us deal with this kind of issue. It has allowed us to provide critical applications as needed without fundamentally having to change our deployments.
- Allows us to run Windows-only applications on our Macs
- The administrative console is easy to use and understand
- Ability to map local folders and printers to the remote server for use
- On the client-side, it can be challenging to get users to understand what's happening - that they're running their apps on another computer and need to log off when they're done.
- There is a nice feature to map your Mac printers to the Windows environment - but in successive versions of macOS and Parallels Remote Application Server the features seem to alternate between functional and not; we ended up installing all the printers on the server for users.
- Parallels Remote Application Server works very well to provide Windows-only applications to our Mac users. In our case, we've used it for finance and library software mainly, but over the years, it has also helped fill in with apps or websites that didn't work on the Mac.
- One thing to note: since multiple users will be using the server, you need to make sure RAM, hard drive and CPU are adequate. I probably wouldn't recommend running hefty applications like Photoshop or 3D stuff through this solution.
- Ease of publishing remote desktop service to PC / Mac / iPad
- Granular management of user/group permissions to resources
- Flexible publishing options - RDS farm, individual computers, etc
- Documentation is overly long - could easily be streamlined
- Better example of securing deployments against vulnerabilities
- We use Parallels Remote Application Server to deliver Windows Applications from a cloud-hosted environment to end-user desktops via HTTPS.
- This solution removes physical hardware from the end-user premises; this gives our clients peace of mind that they don’t have to spend thousands on initial setup, rather a monthly cost to cloud providers.
- Parallels Remote Application Server is well suited for businesses that utilize software that generally utilities terminal services.
- Parallels Remote Application Server delivers the single application only, not the complete desktop, and can be delivered into a web browser or Parallels Remote Application Server Client Software. Another great feature we are now using is 2FA for users outside the office.
- Ease of use
- Delivers applications as though they were installed on the local computer
- Allows publication of only the apps/folders you want customers to access.
- Very easy to set-up and maintain.
- Works well with Active Directory for security and access.
- Trying to add an additional RAS server pops up error message after error message while the current one is in use, from deployed machines seeing different active RAS servers. Deployment could really use some work to prevent this. We have to shut down the primary RAS and then disable it before another RAS can be put into place.
We also advise and implement at our customers for facilitating remote works in their IT environments.
And last but not least, we deliver a Managed Hosted Desktop service 'BusinessDesktop' from our data-center via Parallels RAS.
- Lightweight installation, one server can already do the whole job
- Provisioning of the Dell Wyse Thinclients
- Upgrades without downtime in a multi-server setup would be nice
- Wyse thinclient options configuration from the GUI
Parallels RAS Scorecard Summary
About Parallels RAS
Key benefits of Parallels RAS for your business:
- Superior user experience on any device, anywhere.
- Enhanced data security
- IT agility and business readiness
- Easy to deploy, configure, and maintain
- Reduce total cost of ownership (TCO)
Embrace digital transformation and grow your business with Parallels RAS. Achieve workforce mobility by leveraging a solution that provides smooth and secure remote application delivery and VDI.
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- Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
- Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
- Does not have featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?No
- Entry-level set up fee?No
Parallels RAS Technical Details
|Deployment Types:||On-premise, SaaS|
|Operating Systems:||Windows, Linux, Mac, Windows Servers 2008/R2, 2012/R2, 2016 and 2019|
|Mobile Application:||Apple iOS, Android, Mobile Web|
|Supported Languages:||English, German, Japanese, Russian, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean|