What is Parallels RAS?

Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) is an all-in-one application delivery and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution that allows users to work remotely. Securely access virtual desktops and applications from anywhere, on any device, anytime. The key benefits of Parallels RAS include:

  • Enable remote working instantly to ensure business continuity.

  • Use your existing devices to access work desktops, applications, and files - including tablets and smartphones.

  • Easy to deploy, configure, and maintain, without the need for expensive add-ons or third party expertise.

  • A cost-effective solution that enhances data security compared to other solutions, such as VPN


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Limitations of Remote Access Control

Employees can use remote access control to work remotely, such as with a direct (physical) line, virtual private network (VPN), and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS). However, these solutions have numerous limitations, including:

  • Costly to set up
  • VPN is not secure
  • Complex configurations
  • Operating system restrictions
  • Prone to failure

Alternatively, Parallels RAS is simple to install, reinfoces security, provides full redunancy, and is not limited to specific operating systems. Learn more about remote access control and how Parallels RAS can help.

Reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

Parallels RAS helps organizations increase productivity and resources while lowering overhead costs. Parallels RAS:

  • Decreases complexity

  • Has a single licensing model that provides access to all features

  • Requires less hardware and resources compared to other solutions

  • Has a fast learning curve

  • Extends the hardware lifecycle

  • Does not require expensive third-party add-ons.

Learn more about how your organization can reduce TCO.

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Minimum System Requirements

The minimum hardware requirements approved to run Parallels RAS are outlined below.

  • Physical Machines – Dual Core Processor and a minimum of 4GB RAM.
  • Virtual Machines – Two Virtual Processors and a minimum of 4GB of RAM.
  • The server hardware requirements to install and configure Parallels RAS can vary according to end-user requirements.

Typically for an installation of 30 users or under, Parallels RAS can be installed on one high specification server and the resources published directly from it. For more than 30 users, multiple servers may be required. Read our Administrator's Guide for more information.

How to Publish Applications and Desktops

Simply deploy and manage application and desktop delivery in a variety of environments, including the following:

  • Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS)

  • Vitual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

  • Remote PC

  • Mix and match different operating systems and technologies

Learn more about deploying desktops and applications.

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Parallels RAS

Parallels RAS Licensing

Parallels RAS uses concurrent-user licensing. This means that a user can establish any number of connections to Parallels RAS as long as the number of users simultaneously accessing Parallels RAS does not exceed the number of concurrent user licenses. The minumum purchase is 15 concurrent users. View our Licensing Guide for more information.