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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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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We implement Parallels Remote Application Server for customers in various industries. It is used to access remote PCs located in the office but also to access central virtual desktops hosted via MS RDP.
Score 9 out of 10
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A published application that can be hosted\updated\managed on one server and used by multiple users on multiple platforms. With Parallels Remote Application Server we were able to establish a working solution for our company's needs and is easy to do with excellent Parallels support and a cost-friendly licensing solution. The main tool for Deltek OpenPlan usage in our company.
Score 10 out of 10
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We have been using Parallels Remote Application Server on a small scale for a number of years to allow partner organizations securely access resources. With Covid-19, we had dozen of requests per day for remote work and since we had Parallels already, all we had to do was to expand Parallels Remote Application Server capacity and everything worked smoothly.
Score 9 out of 10
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We are an MSP Provider, we use Parallels Remote Application Server in our own Workload but also provide it to customers. Ranging from small use cases up to 200+ user deployments. The main reason we switched to Parallels Remote Application Server coming from its competitor was its ease of deployment and its security options. Especially when SAML MFA came into the picture we increased our deployments.
Score 10 out of 10
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We have been using Parallels RAS since the beginning of the Covid Pandemic, and continue to use it to this day. It has an easy-to-use main dashboard on the RAS Server directly and easily allows you to configure any setup you like. Whether this is having multiple gateways, to allow for easy load balancing, RDS, or VDI environments. We use Parallels in an RDS and physical PC setting, and the RDS side works as we'd expect. If I was to say what our primary issue is, it would be to do with the physical PC side. This is because as the PCs do get turned off, the RAS server-client keeps saying that machines need updating as it doesn't like them being offline. As a business, we will be continuing to use Parallels RAS, as we're very happy with the product, after coming from one of their main competitors - Citrix.
Score 9 out of 10
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We publish our ERP systems through RAS to remote users. This includes our branch offices, roaming users, and remote locations. For some of the critical users, we also publish desktop for ease of use to the WAN sales teams as well. Without 2X it was difficult for us to provide ERP connection to the remote users.
Score 8 out of 10
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Parallels Remote Application Server has allowed us to implement a flexible and customizable work environment comprised of thin clients, virtual desktops, and individuals working from home. It was relatively easy to set up and is simple to maintain.
Score 10 out of 10
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Prior to using Parallels RAS, we were using a competitor product that was very complex and cumbersome when it came to needing to upgrade. We trialed Parallels RAS and were blown away by how easy it was to stand up the product and begin using the features. Employees have been very happy with the performance and ease of use. Upgrades are also very easy with Parallels and only take a fraction of the time of the competitor product to complete.
Score 8 out of 10
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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), Parallels is the tool used in the organization that allow me connect to those tools in a secure manner. I normally use parallels clients on my PC but there is also time that I'm able to get information from my phone.
Craig Cormier | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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We are using Parallels to improve the performance of terminal Services for our users in our office in the United Kingdom, where they connect back to our office here in Massachusetts. Because of the connection between our offices, using normal Remote Desktop proved to be fairly slow for the users. Once we were able to overlay Parallels, they found their performance improved greatly.
Score 8 out of 10
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We use Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) to remotely use customers' Production Management System that is specially made for the plastics industry. That program is very heavy, almost impossible to use over a VPN connection. And very fragile on network breakage/errors. When using RAS the program stays on the server, and only screen is mirrored to the users computer. No network issues when local network is only used. If users connect to RAS breaks, the job continues where it left off when the connection gets back. RAS is pretty good for this environment, users like to use two screens on the RAS web version, but now we have to satisfy the one screen with tabs. RAS makes it also possible to use PMS on phones and tablets.
Score 10 out of 10
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We have coded in-house applications to gather real-time information about our manufacturing process that is hosted on parallels RAS servers and accessed from the parallels client for windows, IOS, and android. We are predominantly a Citrix environment, but I shifted a third of our licensing off Citrix to Parallels mainly due to the cheaper cost of parallels licensing. Parallels are much faster from launch to load for our end users, easily by a factor of 3-4X versus our XenApp servers. Typically most endpoints using parallels are for data entry (either manual entry or tied in with USB/network data points), product labeling to direct thermal printers (USB mainly) or warehousing use (paired with Bluetooth scanners for counting finished products).
Score 8 out of 10
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We are in the process of moving users to Parallels in order to replace our VPN. With Parallels we can control what the users have access to better than we could with our VPN or remote gateway. We liked it due to the ability to publish specific applications for users that don't have an assigned computer. This enables them to still be able to remote in as needed.
Alexander Ivanov | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We use the Remote Application Server for deploying workspaces for our staff. All terminal software is automated by RAS. The greatest thing is very simple deploying of new software for users and powerful security settings
Score 5 out of 10
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The goal with Parallels Remote Application Server was to make a few specific Windows applications available remotely and in emergencies while a user's computer was being repaired or replaced. We were drawn to it because of how happy we were with their desktop offerings.
Score 8 out of 10
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- We used Parallels to run applications/software for MAC users through AppsAnyWhere. - Also, parallels were used to access Desktops in our University’s labs. - One of the main problems that we faced was adding new Desktops. It caused to get all the other available Desktops/labs on AppsAnywhere to be down.
Score 10 out of 10
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We currently have all of our remote work running via Parallels Remote Application Server with multiple servers across our group internationally. This provides a great and easily manageable infrastructure with a versatile and reliable architecture that allows you to manage both users and devices connected to your network. It supports various forms of two-factor authentication. In our case, we use the Google authenticator as it also ties in with other services we use. It also allows us to set up redundant servers and have the ability to load balance on a per session basis. So that if we need to shut one of the production servers down for maintenance, it is easy to do so as it will push the sessions towards the other server.
Score 9 out of 10
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Our company develops software with C# for Windows. With Parallels Remote Application Server, we can publish our Windows client to our customers. Our customers have a cloud-like experience. The customer has a link on their desktop (Windows or Mac) and can start our program. The program starts on a server in the cloud, but the customer sees it on their computer. This is a great solution for us because we are working on transitioning to web-based, but we are not there yet. Customers want the cloud, so we provide it with this solution.
Ryan Snelson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We use Parallels Remote Application Server in multiple ways. The first use is for our remote works, allowing them to secure access to our networks with little fuss. The biggest things for us are the ease of security and also the ease of access. It feels like a great combination of secure but simple. Sometimes simpler is better!
Score 9 out of 10
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Our organization develops software that got published to different customers that we have, at the moment 105 customers. Parallels give the option to publish only our software to the users and make the secure connection avoiding users getting into the server and messing with configuration. It allows our tool to be multi-platform since parallels are compatible with most of the OS and devices in the market.
Score 10 out of 10
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We are an organisation with a central server system and 12 locations with about 110 users connecting via Parallels Remote Application Server (formerly "2x" when we started in 2005) over permanent VPN/IPSEC connections. Corona led to regular home office use, which Parallels Remote Application Server provided onboard via HTML5 (instant usability, no installation necessary). Our firewall provides an SSL-VPN-Client so that the Parallels-Client can be used in non-business environments, too. We also use the OpenVPN Connect client with an SSL-VPN-Configuration file provided by our firewall.
Score 9 out of 10
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It's a good product to use the Applications that are compatible with the Mac os X Platform and we have extensively used it during Pandemic especially provisioning programs like Rhino and ArcGIS and many other applications.
Score 10 out of 10
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We, use Parallel RAS for WFH, VDI deployment for our own and Clients from different industries. Publishing Desktop, Seamlessly Applications. Both with their in-house datacenters. AWS and M365 give people access to all the apps they use for work — web, virtual, mobile, from one easy-to-use portal on any of their devices, from wherever they need to work. And because the entire workspace is centralized, IT can see everything that's going on and have a simple way to manage and control it all. Parallel RAS allows us to publish current applications and publish legacy applications securely.
Herbert Burt | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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TSG Networks is a Value-Added Managed Service Provider which has been serving the San Francisco Bay Area for over 40 years. During that time, we have supported our clients by offering many different Remote Access options. There are some good options available today, however, the only one that offers seamless connectivity, with ease of use, at a reasonable price point is Parallels Remote Application Server. Being able to offer a product that offers "Best of Class" technical support is also a priority when you need it. These last two years have been trying for organizations of all sizes. Having this easy-to-use remote access offering has let our clients concentrate on their businesses's not their technology. Going forward many of these same businesses have decided to alter the culture of how their staff works by allowing them to continue to work remotely part-time and some even full-time. This would not have been possible without a way for employees to easily and securely access their company data. Thank You Parallels Remote Application Server for providing a product that makes TSG Networks look like a "Hero" to our clients.