Features and Functionality Parallels Remote Application Server Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
Effortless application publishing Yes Limited
Pricing Low High
Straightforward licensing Yes No
Access to file and folders Yes Yes
Access to (virtual) published applications Yes Yes
Access to virtual desktops (VDI) Yes Yes
Native client for multiple OSes and mobile devices Yes Limited
Automated client configuration based on the user’s email address Yes Yes
Native client for multiple OSes and mobile devices Yes Limited
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Easy to use

Parallels RAS is easy to deploy, manage, and maintain. Complex administrative tasks are simplified with smart wizards, freeing administrators' workload. Setting up RDSH servers, publishing applications, and creating VDI templates are some of the features empowered in just a few clicks.
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Cloud-ready

Parallels RAS supports deployments on the cloud. Already running on the major clouds such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services™ (AWS), it supports up to the latest Windows Server 2019. In addition, VDI autoprovisioning and autoscaling is supported for Azure Cloud.
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Parallels RAS Citrix XenApp migration tool

Parallels RAS makes the migration process more comfortable with a free migration tool that automates most XenApp use-case scenarios. The migration tool extracts settings from Citrix XenApp 6.x and imports them into the Parallels RAS Console to allow for an effortless migration.
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Migrating to Parallels RAS Is Good for Your Business

Reduce Complexity

Scaling up Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops is complex and requires additional licenses, financial resources, and often third-party technical expertise.

Cut Costs

Parallels RAS offers savings on licensing and doesn’t require expensive add-ons, such as NetScaler, therefore reducing TCO.

Get an All-In-One Solution

Retain all the application delivery and VDI features you need at a fraction of the cost. Load balancing, printing redirection, and monitoring are ready out-of-the-box without additional cost.

Access Free Training

Fast ramp-up for IT staff thanks to our free training and intuitive management console.

Designed to Be More Reliable, Easier and More Flexible

Application publishing

Deliver applications to remote users and mobile devices in a seamless and easy-to-manage way. Users can continue to work on the same files as if they were on their office workstation. Parallels RAS is easy to configure; with a drag-and-drop functionality, admins can instantly publish an application in a few clicks.

Desktop management

Regain up to 80% of the time typically used to configure and manage desktop clients. Parallels RAS allows you to transform any Windows client into a secure and fully managed workstation. Existing company computers can be used as workstations, immediately delivering remote desktop and virtual applications, no matter their hardware specs. Repurposing old hardware is another strong point of the virtualization solutions.

High Availability Load Balancing (HALB)

The auto-preconfigured and out-of-the-box load balancer delivers high performance across your organization, allowing gateways and servers to work at high availability. Parallels RAS quickly auto-configures the infrastructure to your load needs, while optimizing your resources. An additional HALB appliance exists to serve for load balancing high-number infrastructures of over 2000+ users and is available with no extra cost.

A complete VDI solution

Parallels RAS supports both application and desktop delivery under the same management console, license and infrastructure. Combine any number of hypervisors with Parallels RAS to deliver seamless application virtualization and publish remote desktops. Manage your VDI or Microsoft RDS centrally and efficiently.

Monitoring and reporting

The Parallels RAS Monitor and Reporting Engine provides a continuously extensive overview of your infrastructure, allowing for planning or troubleshooting. Take advantage of real-time monitoring with hundreds of preconfigured reports covering everything from applications to remote session activity. Support your team and troubleshoot possible scenarios before they even take place.

Universal Printing and Scanning

Allow your users to print and scan from any device: desktop, thin client, iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone or HTML5 browser. Universal Printing and Scanning is autoconfigured, without any extra action required by the IT administrator. Users can print and scan on all available printers and scanners, without having to install a driver. In addition, printer retention can be enabled to save a specific printer to a specific user device.

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Whittlebury Hall & Spa Switches To Parallels RAS

“Parallels RAS was very easy to deploy; it took much less time than Citrix Virtual Apps.”

Jeremy Stafford,
Whittlebury Hall

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Our Approach

Parallels RAS is a cost-effective application delivery and VDI solution, that allows your employees to access and use applications, desktops and data from any device. Easy to deploy, configure, and maintain, Parallels RAS provides organizations with a seamless application delivery and VDI experience while reducing TCO and improving security. Learn more

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Citrix Xenapp Migration Tool

Use our free Citrix XenApp 6.x migration tool to quickly switch to Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) and start leveraging the most cost-effective, highest-performing, and easy-to-use VDI and application delivery solution.

Migration to Parallels RAS is quick and simple—and now with our migration tool, it’s completely automated. Download the infographic.

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