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
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:
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.
Parallels RAS helps organizations increase productivity and resources while lowering overhead costs. Parallels RAS:
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.
The minimum hardware requirements approved to run Parallels RAS are outlined below.
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.
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)
Mix and match different operating systems and technologies
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.
Parallels®’ Remote Application Server (RAS) single license model provides access to all capabilities, providing enterprise-range features such as application and desktop delivery with remote PC, RDSH and VDI, load balancing, multi-cloud ready, monitoring and reporting, FIPS 140-2 encryptions, and 24/7 customer support. It includes online licensing management, access to knowledge base and training materials.
As an all-in-one solution, Parallels RAS eliminates the complexity of evaluating which license best suits your business needs today and your future expansion plans.
Licensing Parallels RAS with a prepaid subscription allows you to upgrade to a newer version whenever one becomes available.
The Parallels RAS SPLA model is targeted to Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) who are already part of the Microsoft Service Provider License Agreement (SPLA) Program.
By supporting sublicensing, Parallels RAS allows organizations to manage multiple independent keys while retaining centralized consumption information. Sublicenses allow an organization/service provider, for example, to provide company subsidiaries/customers with a Parallels RAS license for the number of users needed, and the license can be managed at any time. You can also use a sublicense for the activation of a test farm. A sublicense has its own license key used for activation and its own expiration date.