Parallels RAS

Parallels RAS

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Parallels Remote Application Server

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Best and Easy RAS Solution

9 out of 10
June 20, 2022
We publish our ERP systems through RAS to remote users. This includes our branch offices, roaming users, and remote locations. For some of …
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Controllers may love this.

8 out of 10
April 04, 2022
I'm the controller of the company and all the tools are in a cloud system for me to access it from different places (work or home), …
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Falling behind the competition

5 out of 10
March 26, 2022
The goal with Parallels Remote Application Server was to make a few specific Windows applications available remotely and in emergencies …
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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, but was acquired by…

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Product Details

What is Parallels RAS?

Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) is an all-in-one application delivery and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution that enables users to work remotely from anywhere, on any device, at any time. The cloud-ready software is designed to enable organizations to centralize IT infrastructure management, integrate with Windows Virtual Desktop, streamline multi-cloud deployment, reinforce data security and improve IT process automation. Its architecture enables organizations to adapt to critical business demands. The vendor states its key benefits include:

  • Outstanding user experience (UX) on any device
  • Enhanced data security
  • IT agility and business readiness
  • Easy deployment, configuration and maintenance
  • Reduced total cost of ownership (TCO)

Parallels RAS Screenshots

Support for Apple iPad Multitasking
The iOS Client for Parallels RAS 17.1 supports iPad multitasking features such as Slide Over and Split View, allowing for the simultaneous use of apps.Parallels RAS streamlines management of user identities from different organizations by supporting the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0 authentication mechanism.With Parallels Client, users can securely access remote applications and desktops from Linux devices.With Parallels Client, users can securely access remote applications and desktops from Windows devices.Work with Windows desktops and applications in any HTML5 browser

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Parallels RAS Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, SaaS
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux, Mac, Windows Servers 2008/R2, 2012/R2, 2016 and 2019
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android, Mobile Web
Supported LanguagesEnglish, German, Japanese, Russian, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean

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Frequently Asked Questions

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, but was acquired by Parallels (in Seattle, WA) in February, 2015 to extend their cross-platform support solutions.

What is Parallels RAS's best feature?

Reviewers rate Support Rating highest, with a score of 8.9.

Who uses Parallels RAS?

The most common users of Parallels RAS are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees) and the Information Technology & Services industry.

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Score 10 out of 10
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faster, leaner and more comfortable at the same time cheaper than Citrix, and in relation to the benefits to native RDS good price/performance ratio
Score 10 out of 10
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Printing in Citrix is never easy - with Parallels Remote Application Server we never have issues with any type of device or driver. Guacamole with is now part of the Apache foundation was considered because it was free but does not stack up
Score 9 out of 10
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Parallels were our preferred solution because of a more robust Client App solution instead of only an HTML5-based solution. This made it possible to make a more flexible solution. The use of shared drives, printers, and other hardware for example. It also made a more seamless user experience possible.
Score 9 out of 10
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The least prerequisites for RAS server compare to other solutions. Server configuration is totally based on user load. Licensing model is impressive. The most important factor for us was the support. Parallels Remote Application Server support is more than expected and all engineers are well trained. If required even the sales team can support technical issues to push it to the next level.
Score 10 out of 10
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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 upgrade/migration of Citrix XenApp was in progress for over a month with no end in sight. We purchased the product and migrated all users to Parallels and haven't looked back!
Craig Cormier | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Softgrid was great in its day but it was difficult to manage, and our applications that we were virtualizing were also more complicated. Parallels is more like a window into the software vs actually getting into the nuts and bolts of the software to allow the application to stream. But because applications have improved, an option like parallels now can support them vs a full virtualization of the app.
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
Much easier to set up a Parallels farm than it is to set up a Citrix farm, cloud connectors, gateways, storefront servers, delivery controllers, machine catalogs, etc. I love how you can stand up a new Parallels server without having to leave the management console. I've had to literally hire consultants before to help stand up a Citrix environment due to the complexity of configuring a Netscaler to communicate with storefront, parallels setup is much more intuitive and faster to bring to production.
Score 5 out of 10
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Parallels Remote Application Server seems to be behind the offerings of both Amazon and Azure. Their product functions more as a traditional Windows Server application that just happens to run on the cloud or on-premise servers. Both Amazon and Azure's offerings are cloud-native and far easier to manage as a result. They also use less compute resources.
Score 10 out of 10
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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 things was that we could publish an app from anywhere. Even if it is on one PC, we can make it available to all the relevant people. Citrix began to feel a bit clunky in comparison.
Ryan Snelson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
I think it's a pretty easy comparison of the two. Citrix is more expensive and more complicated compared to Parallels Remote Application Server; however, Parallels Remote Application Server misses the nice audio plugins that Citrix has for teams, etc. Parallels Remote Application Server really excels in its ease of installation and use compared to Citrix. Citrix does have a slightly bigger feature set, however, but you need to purchase other Citrix items to get full benefits. Parallels Remote Application Server has everything included.
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Citrix Gateway (formerly NetScaler Unified Gateway) and Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
Parallel RAS is so much easier to install than Citrix. Doesn't require a NetScaler for external access. The customizing for the login page is so much simpler they anything we have used. The single console helps our helpdesk staff manage clients much easier.
Herbert Burt | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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TSG Networks used to be a Citrix reseller. Based on the cost and the complicated setups at the time, we switched to Parallels Remote Application Server. Our clients continually thank us, and we have never looked back.
Rob Booth | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan)
The greater visibility in reporting gives Parallels a huge advantage over standard RDP solutions. The backend interface loads quickly and starting/stopping logons to a server takes seconds not minutes. The Parallels application is easy to install and store user details securely. We encountered a lot fewer issues from users with firewall issues locally preventing them from connecting.
Score 9 out of 10
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RDS has few options when publishing apps outside of the organisation vs RAS along with a limited and (since Server 2012) completely bizarre admin GUI. RAS is very simply administrated from locally installed client along with pre-defined admin use permissions.

There are also basic monitoring tools for the desktops and servers that are being published.

Security is enhanced too with the use of SSL.
David Beahan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We did try to configure a solution that worked for us using native Azure resources but it all seemed too hard. We are not networking/infrastructure providers ourselves and have limited experience with Azure. Using the Parallels RAS image from the Azure Marketplace we were able to quickly create and test the solution and implemented it for clients within 30 days.
Nabin Poudel | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We selected Parallels Remote Application Server over other alternatives for its powerful application sharing and data security features. We found it to be a more dedicated remote working solution that can scale with our organization's needs.
iain Stephen | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Well, of course, we use Terminal Services and Remote Desktop Protocol. That is an everyday occurrence. We use Parallels to provide RDP from the server to LAN workstations for some users as they travel. Works very well as a secure RDP gateway. We also used Citrix for many years for our paramedics to publish ICA files for scheduling systems as well as for remote access to some other software. Citrix is hard to beat but Parallels is a very close cousin.