United Way Trusts Upic’s Parallels ApplicationServer Solution for Powerful, Affordable Remote Application Publishing By Giorgio Bonuccelli on | 0
Dallas, Texas, October 1, 2009 – Upic Solutions, an ASP hosting company, has chosen a Parallels ApplicationServer solution to meet their remote application publishing needs. In today’s hosting environment, ASPs must frequently balance providing maximum functionality to customers and minimizing solution costs. IT professionals at Upic Solutions, a non-profit application service provider (ASP) serving over 30 local United Way organizations, found themselves desiring remote application publishing functionality in servicing their United Way clients across the country. Upic considered Citrix prices as expensive, compared with the benefits the solution would provide. By choosing a Parallels ApplicationServer solution, Upic was able to implement a world-class connection broker solution with a much lighter strain on the company’s IT budget, providing United Way organizations with the performance and reliability they need while providing impressive cost savings to devote to other causes.
David Poe serves as Chief Technical Officer at Upic Solutions. As an application service provider, Upic depends upon its ability to consistently meet the hosting performance needs of its clients. A critical component of the company’s hosting capabilities concerned the use of its MPLS system, a private hub-and-spoke network used to host Andar, a vertical market software application United Way groups use to fundraise in their respective communities. Links to individual United Way groups were maintained through a proprietary single vendor network utilizing T1 and ADSL connections. Upic was looking for a replacement solution that allowed United Way groups to shop any ISP for the best price while providing a reliable solution capable of remote application publishing, making a terminal services connection broker a natural choice.
Following a market review of terminal services connection brokers, the company chose a Parallels solution for its combination of an impressive features list at a price far below other vendor estimates. The company chose to support its United Way clients using 16 terminal servers running a combination of 32 and 64-bit Windows 2003 and 2008 servers, depending upon users’ application requirements. Redundancy and scalability is achieved by using 3 VMWare ESX 3.5 virtual machines, using the Parallels ApplicationServer Enterprise Edition, integrated with the Parallels LoadBalancer. David explains that the platform-independence of his Parallels solution allowed it to “fit well within our existing IT setup,” creating a network infrastructure well-tailored to the company’s needs, providing efficient remote application publishing with little to no downtime for end-users.
Upic’s implementation of their Parallels ApplicationServer solution has improved company IT processes in two highly visible ways; first, in providing a straightforward connection broker solution with an extremely reasonable cost base, and also in providing an impressive array of features at consistently high reliability levels. He notes that since initial implementation, the company has had virtually no problems with its Parallels solution, and that employees have been able to use the Parallels ApplicationServer’s remote application publishing features with 100% reliability. In every instance, he explains that he is convinced his Parallels solution can handle his clients’ remote application access at any time, wherever they might need it.
About the Parallels ApplicationServer
The Parallels ApplicationServer tunnels any Windows application or desktop onto remote computers, including Mac and Linux desktops, without the need to install the application or desktop onto each user's machine. This provides significant savings on administration and support.
- Application publishing, rather than local installation
- Tunneling specific applications rather than a complete desktop
- Publish applications to Web interface
- Publish Windows applications to Linux and Mac
- Multiple monitor support
- Automatic redundancy
- Publish applications based on username, group membership or IP
- Seamless integration with local desktop and taskbar
- SSL secure connection to applications
- Universal printing
- Application license management
- Integration with Parallels LoadBalancer
- Windows 2008 Server 32 / 64 bit support
Obtaining the Trial Version
Parallels is offering a 30-day trial version of Parallels ApplicationServer for Windows Terminal Services. After the 30-day trial period, users can still use the 3-connection free version by registering for the 3-connection license key on the Parallels website. Download the trial version today.
Parallels, formerly 2X Software is a company developing software for the booming server-based computing market. Thin client computing controls skyrocketing PC management costs, centralizes application and desktop management, improves security and performance and allows users to work remotely. The company’s product line includes: Parallels ThinClientServer, Parallels LoadBalancer for Terminal Services/Citrix, Parallels ApplicationServer for Windows Terminal Services and Parallels VirtualDesktopServer. Parallels is a privately-held company with offices in the USA, Germany, Australia, the UK, Cyprus and Malta. Its management team is backed by years of experience in developing and selling network infrastructure software. Parallels is a Microsoft, IBM, VMware and RedHat partner. For more information, visit: http://www.2x.com/.
About Upic Solutions
Upic Solutions is a technology collaboration of several United Way organizations and provides a full range of information/technology solutions customized to the United Way vertical market. Upic serves United Way members in 21 states and the District of Columbia with help desk, hosting, electronic giving portals, data processing and reporting services. For more information, visit http://www.upicsolutions.org.
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