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)

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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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Through Parallels Remote Application Server, some data and applications could be removed from mobile devices and centralized. Centrally, higher security (backup/restore), as well as data leakage, can be much better managed.
Score 9 out of 10
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Especially the addition to making login possible via SAML and Azure Active Directory we switched to this method, this makes it possible to secure logins with the MFA capabilities of Microsoft Azure and its whole security stack behind it. This made the product much more secure and comes at no additional cost in the product itself.
Score 10 out of 10
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We have set up some stricter policies with our Parallels, preventing any drive mapping from the local machine to the remote destination, file sharing, and clipboard sharing, to try and help prevent any data from leaving the company this way. We also enforce MFA via a third party and disallow anyone from bypassing this. And have all data encrypted via SSL.
Score 9 out of 10
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Parallels Remote Application Server 2X clients are secure so far we never had a security breach at any level. However, we are not using MFA. Login permission is based on the AD profile. We will learn more about RAS security and will implement it with the help of the support team.
Score 8 out of 10
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We have definitely used the permission policies, MFA, encryption, access control, and SSL security capabilities provided by Parallels. It helps with peace of mind that the information people are accessing remotely isn't actually being sent across the internet unprotected.
Score 10 out of 10
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Security is a big concern in today's world. The ability to utilize MFA is huge and was a requirement prior to switching from the competitor product. MFA setup was very simple with RAS and integrated nicely with Azure MFA. SSL cert installation was also very simple through the console and took effect immediately.
Craig Cormier | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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We have been able to keep our ERP data locked down to our users just as if they had the application on their desktop and limit them to only the information they should be allowed to have. Since we aren't currently doing a front-facing app, security is a little simpler in our implementation.
Score 10 out of 10
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We absolutely love the MFA, it was simple to provision and assign and user adoption was seamless. Particularly great was the fact that the MFA could be turned on based on how the user was connecting or what group the user was in so that a tiered approach to introducing MFA was possible in our company.
Score 5 out of 10
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These layers of security were non-negotiables for us. The capabilities within Parallels Remote Application Server allowed us to provide greater security and control to making applications accessible outside our LAN. This was especially important because two of the applications running contained our most sensitive operational data.
Score 10 out of 10
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We use the 2FA and also an SSL on the gateway and the encryption to provide end-to-end encryption for all of our connections both in and out. This helps reassure and provide some confidence that it is secure. It also means that we know exactly who can and can't access the systems as each user's 2fa registration is logged.
Ryan Snelson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Reseller
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The key component here is multi-factor authentication. Multi-factor authentication is the key to any great security product as it means everyone can relax about compromised credentials. It's also becoming such a requirement now a product like this without it couldn't work. Also, the security levels involved mean we have access securely from wherever we want it.
Score 10 out of 10
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Except for one of our locations, all locations and computers connect via VPN. Connecting via Parallels Remote Application Server "distances" the users from our servers. There is no business data on local computers. Without certain knowledge, access to the servers without Parallels Remote Application Server is not possible. Malware on a local computer can at most access the LAN without creating damage.
Herbert Burt | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Because of the worldwide scope of our clients, TSG Networks needs to offer HIPPA and GDPR compliance. Parallels Remote Application Server provides robust data protection through granular permission policies, multi-factor authentication, encryption, user access control, and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).
Rob Booth | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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Through our integration with Duo, our parallels environment is protected by two-factor authentication an absolute must in the modern era. We use this with either passcode or push to authenticate every user that logs onto our parallels environment.
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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SSL and Multi Factor Authentication have helped us very easily tick some PCI DSS & GDPR boxes.

We use a publicly signed SSL certificate for remotely published apps.

Both Google Authenticator and integration with the Deepnet DualShield platform make implementing MFA very easy with plenty of 2nd device options.
David Beahan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Reseller
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We find the granular permission in the RAS console very useful. We have users accessing our Azure server from multiple entities and can publish only the apps and resources we want to individual users and/or groups of users as we choose.