Parallels RAS, simple, powerful, great value
March 11, 2020

Parallels RAS, simple, powerful, great value

Bret Benziger | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Parallels Remote Application Server

Student Health and Counseling Services, a department of Student Affairs at UC Davis, uses Parallels RAS to deliver a wide range of windows applications both to remote users and local users on other platforms. This software seamlessly allows us to provide applications to macOS, iOS, Android, and Windows users with native clients that add functionality.
  • Keyboard input detection is vital on iOS, where users are used to keyboard input bringing the keyboard up automatically.
  • Management of the RAS setup is extremely intuitive and works well.
  • Permission controls in the system are dynamic allowing several different policies to be applied depending on physical location, group membership, etc.
  • Remote install is one of the coolest features, but sometimes doesn't play well with domain policies such as recommended CIS Baselines in different VLAN zones.
  • Would be nice if seamless apps showed up as dock icons in macOS the way Parallels for Desktop does.
  • We've saved thousands in licensing costs by using Parallels.
  • Our primary EHR is windows based, so this allows any remote user to access it, keeping us running smoothly.
Does everything we used to do in Citrix for half the cost!
The software is very simple to use, but that doesn't mean it's basic. You can design a segmented remote access farm with high availability load balancing, or just install on a single server. The user management, policy management, permissions, and application/host management is very intuitive. Farm updates are often easy to push out.
Having an HTML5 remote access solution is a godsend. We grant our staff access, enable their two-factor, and point them to a website. It's never been easier for our staff, often technically challenged, to work from home.
We like using Parallels RAS in our Hyper-V environment. When capacity is reached, we often spin up new VMs, sometimes from template VHDX files, so that we can better load balance our staff.
As our business moves to more web-apps, vendor security becomes an issue. Despite running vendor risk assessments and scanning for vulnerabilities, it gives us peace of mind to hide our sensitive web-apps behind the RAS gateways. Our security scanning tool has never found a vulnerability in 3 years with the secure gateway Parallels RAS provides.
Support is quick and thorough. Technicians are competent.

Do you think Parallels Remote Application Server delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Parallels Remote Application Server's feature set?

Yes

Did Parallels Remote Application Server live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Parallels Remote Application Server go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Parallels Remote Application Server again?

Yes

It's affordable, but capable. If you are on a budget and can't afford more expensive options, Parallels is great for hosting windows applications and seamlessly integrating them on any platform.