How Parallels RAS enhances Microsoft RDS

This white paper highlights how Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) improves Microsoft RDS functionalities - providing on-demand scalability, high-performing UX, and reinforced data security while simplifying the overall management.


Seamless UX on Any Device

Parallels RAS provides a high-performance, intuitive and productive user experience on any device including HTML5 browser, iOS, and Android.

Load Balancing, Scalability, and High-Availability

Parallels RAS includes resourced-based load balancer, guided configuration wizards, and auto-scaling templates - streamlining the management while attaining high-availability.

No Need of Expensive Third Party Add-ons

Parallels RAS license includes every component you need to run your application and desktop delivery infrastructure effectively - no Add-ons required for printing redirection, load balancer, reporting, and monitoring.

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What is Parallels RAS

Parallels RAS is a comprehensive application virtualization and VDI solution that enables employees to access applications and desktops from any device or platform. Straightforward to deploy and maintain, Parallels RAS supports Microsoft RDSH, Citrix XenServer, VMware ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V, Nutanix Acropolis (AHV), and KVM. 

Key Benefits

Parallels RAS is the easiest way to deliver and manage Windows applications to any device!

Leader in Cost-Effective Application Delivery

Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) delivers Windows applications and virtual desktops to any device, anywhere. Easily manage Microsoft RDS and VDI while benefitting from a better mobility experience than XenApp—at a fraction of the cost.

Brilliant Mobile Experience

Parallels RAS provides access to desktop applications as if they were native applications on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, making your mobile employees truly productive. With Parallels RAS mobile clients, employees are able to use native iOS and Android controls to interact with desktop applications, and smart optimizations allow the use of desktop applications even on the small screens of mobile phones.

Simpler and Less Expensive than XenApp

Parallels Remote Application Server focuses on security, reliability, performance, scalability, and user experience.

Single-Pane-of-Glass Solution

No third-party or expensive add-ons are needed; universal printer redirection, gateway high availability, reporting, and powerful load balancing are ready to use stright out of the box—from a central interface. IT staff can focus on core duties without dealing with unnecessary complexity.

Easy to Use

Parallels Remote Application Server is easy to deploy, manage, and maintain. Complex administrative tasks are streamlined using wizards to provide administrators the most efficient path to application delivery, while a graphic editor allows visualization of the complete deployment and architecture blueprint. Setting up RDS servers, publishing virtual applications, and enrolling new users are all achieved in just a few clicks.

Cloud Ready

Parallels RAS is fully interoperable with Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS). It supports Windows Server 2016 and all the improvements related to cloud integration.

Parallels RAS Citrix XenApp Migration Tool

Parallels RAS makes the migration process easier with a free migration tool that automates most of XenApp use case scenarios. The migration tool extracts settings from Citrix XenApp 6.x and imports into RAS Console. Read More

Parallels RAS is Flexible, Affordable, and Cloud-Ready

Help your customers to take advantage of the cloud with Parallels RAS! This comprehensive, cloud-ready VDI solution supports on-premise, hybrid, or cloud deployments on Amazon Web Services™ and Microsoft Azure®. It offers an impressive mobile experience for iOS and Android™ by delivering Windows® applications as if they were native mobile applications.

  • Brilliant Mobile Experience

    Provide users with instant and secure access to applications and data on any device. Allow Windows native apps to interact with iOS and Android touch gestures.

  • HTML5 Client

    Applications, data, and desktops are accessible from any HTML5 browser without local Parallels clients installed.

  • Secure and Simple

    Help replace paperwork with a simple and secure medical IT system allowing Healthcare organizations to securely access EMRs from any device and any location without compromising HIPAA and PCI-DSS.

  • Resource Based Load Balancing

    Deliver user performance by effectively distributing end user traffic and workload across multiple gateways and RD session hosts.

  • Instant Continous Access

    Parallels RAS components can be deployed in multi-active/passive or multi-active/active mode, and are load balanced, reducing the risk of downtime while providing a seamless end-user experience.

  • Universal Printing

    Allow users to print documents and forms from devices of choice: Windows, MacOS, Linux, iOS, Android, or HTML5 browsers.

Customer Stories

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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

The most cost-effective solution for Application Virtualization & VDI.

Virtual application and desktop delivery can be complex and expensive—unless you are one of thousands of businesses that uses Parallels RAS to remotely deliver applications and desktops to their employees

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