Parallels RAS

Parallels RAS

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Parallels Remote Application Server

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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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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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TrustRadius Award Top Rated 2022
TrustRadius Best of Award, Best Of Feature Set 2021
TrustRadius Award Top Rated 2020

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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.

Reviews

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Score 10 out of 10
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The central console that Parallels RAS provides is very easy to administer. Parallels give you the option of using the web-based console or application-based console. The application console is more robust but with each upgrade, the web-based console is catching up quickly.
Craig Cormier | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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It's fairly easy, though I feel the documentation is a bit lacking. They seem to rely more on videos for implementation which are great when you have time to watch videos, but sometimes it's better to just have step by step documentation that you can work with. Aside from that, the basics are pretty intuitive so it's not bad.
Score 10 out of 10
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We typically didn't use virtual desktops before introducing RAS, but it was an easy adoption for us to move some of the manufacturing floor-level applications from published apps to a single virtual desktop deployed at parallels stations throughout the facility. Absolutely no issues with our end users in this approach and this includes many users who are not particularly computer savvy.
Score 5 out of 10
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While Parallels did technically deliver for the end-user, it did not deliver for the I.T. department tasked with managing the system. The user's interface was very well done, but only after a significant effort by the I.T. department to make that happen.
Score 8 out of 10
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Yes. We added all our general labs’ desktops to parallels remote applications. And instructors were able to conduct their classes online by allowing the students to access the labs. Also, we grant access to dedicated Pcs using Parallels remote desktops to be used by Master students and Researchers to finish their work remotely.
Score 10 out of 10
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The Parallels Remote Application Server console is very simple to use. For example, it provides sections, the connection section where you can manage 2FA, publishing where you can set up the applications or desktops that are published and set availability by users and or groups to ensure the right people get the right applications. For example, we have two teams of people, both of which connect to two different Parallels Remote Application Server as each team use a different subset of apps, but at the same time, on the off chance that someone might need to access these apps, they can do. Another thing we do is if an external company is supporting a piece of software, we have them set up with Parallels Remote Application Server access to just the server they maintain. Which is then forced to use 2FA, but we can also revoke access easily and at any time.
Ryan Snelson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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I believe the ease of use is such a massive bonus of the product. It means that the support and install overhead is minimal compared to other options. We as a business benefit massively from this as it allows us to spend more time doing other things as well, and the product helps us work more efficiently.
Score 10 out of 10
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We have been using Parallels Remote Application Server since 2005. We have migrated our setup over several server generations with little effort. The original setup has not much changed since. We have benefited from the ease of use.
Herbert Burt | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Reseller
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The company quite aptly describes this product as an all-in-one virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution that delivers applications and virtual desktops to any device, anytime, anywhere! That has been our experience.
Rob Booth | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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The reason we chose parallels was the ability to simplify the delivery of virtual desktops and physical hardware across the organization. We also hope soon to be able to expand our systems into a scalable cloud-based VDI environment to cover us for major DR events. Again this will not be visible to the user where they are logging in from. The idea is to be as seamless and flexible as possible and parallels allow this.
Score 9 out of 10
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The console has made the IT team much more productive when deploying and monitoring published apps.

Gone are the days of trying to work out the logic of managing remote apps via Windows Server 2012+ Manager.

Granular console permissions help with security and mean that more members of the IT team can contribute in supporting the app and end users.
Score 9 out of 10
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Yes, it has helped our teams and engineers to work seamlessly in the pandemic situation. We all can connect virtually to the resources using the application and browser and do the work. The Parallels Remote Application Server UI is very intuitive and simple to use.
iain Stephen | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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It is definitely a good way to provide virtual and remote desktop access for specific users. VPNs are ok, but there are times when applications need the speed of a local area connection to function well, and Parallels certainly does allow the illusion of a local application that runs at network speeds since it is actually happening on the server. The central console is simple to understand and it's easy to add/remove users to available applications and resources.
Score 10 out of 10
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A centrally managed console is always a good thing. Not only managing the settings, but publishing apps, desktops, and even pushing the updates to all the other servers is provided in one place. It save a lot of time not jumping from server to server to perform updates. You can also see your current usage, system resource usage, licensing information, and more from the RAS Console.
Score 8 out of 10
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It is automatic allocating computers and remote applications to individuals without manual intervention, and having already used AppsAnywhere for the delivery of applications it extended that through the same portal. We did not have to purchase high specification computers for users who were forced by the pandemic to work remotely.
Score 7 out of 10
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To install Parallels Remote Application Server in our host server was simple. To install it in company ships was even easier--anyone can do it. The best part for me is that they can keep shortcut icons of the application directly on the user's Windows desktop.