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What Is an Application Server?

application serverAn application server is a software solution that resides in the middle-tier between servers and workstations. It allows data access and persistence while providing a stable, secure, and centrally managed environment. Organizations deploy application servers to distribute Windows applications and desktops from their datacenter server to their employees or customers. It is a virtualization solution, and its usage keeps growing rapidly and looks like it is the future of computing.

Using an application server is the key to reducing IT costs.

Consolidating the rapid expansion of cloud computing and virtualization technology, application-server solutions are leading the digital transformation over the past few years. With such solutions, organizations can make their applications available to any remote device 24×7—all while leveraging legacy infrastructure and optimizing resources. To successfully implement cloud-based networks, most organizations require an application server solution.

Application servers centralize management.

Organizations are seeking non-complicated and cost-effective ways to deliver applications and data to end-users. One of their main concerns is security. When delivering data to any device from any location, you need to take into account significant security insufficiencies, such as user error (forgotten/stolen password), network dangers (public Wi-Fi susceptible to spoofing), and device loss (tablet or laptop stolen or forgotten). Read about a few benefits below:

Central management

Security

Monitoring

An application server assists in building and managing a stable infrastructure by providing abilities such as environment management with persistent profiles (user-specific details), increased application security (controlled access), and application performance control (system stability). Ideally, it allows for central management under a single console making it easy to keep track of any changes or possible bottleneck in the infrastructure. Beside Active Directory or workgroup authentication, an application server supports various robust authentication mechanisms, such as multifactor authentication (MFA) and encryption protocols. Additionally, users can authenticate via smart card devices. By leveraging granular filtering, the resources are available to the right user or security group dependent on settings such as client name, MAC address, IP address range, and location. Most of the application servers also include client policies to filter down specific permissions to different users or devices. An application server also provides data and application-performance monitoring, which is critical for providing users a seamless and productive experience. Application servers usually integrate with various reporting engines that transform data into visual, intuitive reports. These reports provide IT staff with an overview of the infrastructure at any time and can be an included or separate feature, depending on the product. Future planning or troubleshooting can take place using these reports.

Parallels RAS

Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS), VMware, and Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops are some of the application server solutions. Parallels RAS has the edge over the other solutions due to its ease of use, low licensing costs, and short training.

Parallels RAS provides all the features of an application server at the most cost-effective price on the market. It also comes with a highly user-friendly UI. Monitoring, load balancing, HTML accessibility, MFA authentication, client policies, and many other features make Parallels RAS the ideal application server solution for any infrastructure.

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References

Service Architecture | service-architecture.com/articles/application-servers/application_server_definition.html

Reduce IT costs | parallels.com/blogs/ras/reduce-it-costs/

Wikipedia | en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Application_server

ITPro UK | itpro.co.uk/strategy/29643/what-is-an-application-server

Webopedia | webopedia.com/TERM/A/application_server.html

Parallels | www.parallels.com/ras