Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) offers several benefits to organizations, including improved security, centralized desktop management, and reduced IT overhead. Parallels Remote Application Server makes VDI quick, easy, and affordable. It enables organizations to deliver fully functioning virtual Windows desktops and applications that employees need. Parallels RAS allows users to be productive anywhere by providing a Windows desktop–like experience on any device. Parallels RAS v16 adds significant enhancements to the VDI capabilities, now supporting even more hypervisors, including Nutanix Acropolis and HPE.

Hypervisor Flexibility

Parallels RAS supports Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware ESXi, Citrix XenServer, and hyperconverged infrastructure such as Nutanix Acropolis, HPE, and Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM). Virtual machines can be delivered simultaneously from different platforms, offering administrators an extended flexibility when deploying VDI.

Simplified VDI Management

Parallels RAS automatically generates and deploys VDI desktops on demand, using customized templates. This allows administrators to create and deploy guest VMs on the fly, saving a great deal of time. Create a virtual desktop once and replicate it as many times as needed.

Using linked clones, the IT team can simply copy the files already available on the virtual disk at the time of the VM snapshot instead of launching a whole new full VM. This allows multiple virtual machines to use the same software installation, also saving disk space.

Test Guest VM Template Wizard

Parallels RAS introduces Test Guest VM Template Wizard, which automates VM testing and VM deployment to ensure that custom-built templates work smoothly, reducing the administrator's manual tasks.

The wizard test templates can create a working instance of a guest VM to ensure they have been created and configured correctly. This gives the administrator peace of mind knowing that the templates are fully deployable.

Parallels RAS also automatically configures the VM to be immediately ready for users, adding the new virtual machine to Active Directory, activating the license, and setting up all the groundwork.