Parallels RAS made me forget 13 years of XenApp in a heartbeat.
April 01, 2020

Parallels RAS made me forget 13 years of XenApp in a heartbeat.

Jorge Acopa Galera | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Parallels Remote Application Server

We come from using XenApp Citrix for more than 13 years, then I started testing Parallels RAS to see if we could seamlessly migrate the app delivery service from one product to another with minimum effort and impact on end users. All our tests were successful from Parallels farm setup, published resources, servers configurations to user experience.
  • Easy server setup and configuration.
  • You can use Parallels on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android.
  • User experience is great, from image quality to input response.
  • Printer configuration done easily using Universal Printing.
  • Some improvement can be done managing open sessions.
  • Effectively configure idle disconnection times.
  • Ability to add applications from shared resources.
  • Current and historic RAS license usage.
  • Users can work from home in case they need it.
  • Licenses cost savings compared with Citrix.
  • Users can use their own devices.
  • Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp) and Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan)
Parallels RAS is easier to setup, use and mantain than other options I have tried. It really works and we had great reviews from our users on the trial period prior to fully deploy the solution across 3 cities. Parallels has a great visual presentation and excellent user interface response, we can even publish personal PC's and Virtual Desktops very easily thanks to Nutanix integration. It really has a lot of options for the price we paid.
We are now able to deliver virtual desktops to our users in a really easy way thanks to Nutanix AHV integration to our RAS farm, it has the ability to get the virtual desktops ready for our users and turn it off on demand. We really loved this option because we did not needed to pay more for VDI or PCs publishing.
People in our work enviroment love to have acces to our work resources in such an easy way like the HTML5 client, so they can just open the browser and write our work URL, put their credentials and get ready to work on their own devices. iOS client works great also and it is very responsive, it's easy to use and configure to get it up and running.
We use Parallels RAS VDI and it worked like magic, giving the users a base configuration windows with all software they need to work, then configure the users and how many desktops become ready for the users on demand. VDI desktops can be turned on and off based on user load.
Active directory integration with Parallels RAS helped us to use the same accounts we already have on our AD, so all the user policies and restrictions can be set based on AD users and groups in a very granular way, all our communications are sent thru SSL encrypted data. In case we need to restrict access it's easy to disable or delete user account in AD users and computers.
Product has updates often from server agent to gateway console, knowledge and support on the site its easy to find and solutions and patches are always in hand. On the other hand I can barely remember the last time I had any kind of issue with the product, so mostly I just had used support to find configurations.

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

Parallels is well suited on deploying server/client applications, we use it to deploy 16 ERP modules and easily control and deploy updates to all RAS users. We publish resources and content on parallels so our users can have access 24/7 in case they need it.
I guess RAS may not be well suited on a completely local user scenario when users only need the work content strictly inside office.