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Parallels RAS

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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,…

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Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee
For the latest information on pricing, visithttps://www.parallels.com/products/ras/…

Offerings

  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Starting price (does not include set up fee)

  • $120 per year per user
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Product Details

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 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Citrix is a great products but very expensive. That's why we choose Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS). Citrix is a great products but very expensive. That's why we choose Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS). Citrix is a great products but very expensive. That's why we choose Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS). Citrix is a great products but very expensive. That's why we choose Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS).
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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. VMware Horizon was also evaluated and skipped because of higher cost and complexity.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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 and you don't need to buy additional features like in the other brands.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Parallels well developed product that receives product updates and features regularly. Parallels is also a cost effective solution compared to more prominent providers such as Citrix but won't have as many features.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I have used but not admined similar products from VMware and seen demos from Cisco and I would not personally find any benefit in migrating away from our Parallels configuration to those platforms.
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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 users and admins. Both products use their own compression, it may be better suited for one company than another
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We evaluated Citrix as well as Parallels when we undertook this project, and our research concluded that not only was Parallels much easier to set up and use, but it was much more cost-effective.
September 15, 2022

Does what it needs to do.

Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Parallels were much cheaper than all the other products we looked at, and licensing costs primarily were much more appropriate to our use cases. The overall lower complexity of RAS compared to the multitude of services and settings you're required to configure in Citrix was also a strong factor for our choice. While we've not tried Citrix beyond a short demo period with some minimal configuration and playing around by IT staff, our experience with the configuration and performance of that solution convinced us that remaining with Parallels was the best choice for us. Even without the complexity, Parallels still delivered all the functionality we needed while scaling up easily to deliver what we needed four years in.
David Beahan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
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.
August 17, 2022

just work anywhere

Stefan Löhr | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
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 unflexible. A combination of both products would be very nice.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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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