Parallels RAS 17.1 is here with more features for SPs and ISVs!

Parallels RAS 17.1 Adds Support for Multi-Tenancy, SAML SSO, AWS ELB and More

Parallels RAS 17.1Parallels RAS 17.1 – This latest version equips enterprises, managed service providers (MSPs) and independent software vendors (ISVs) with even greater capabilities to leverage application delivery and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).

Version 17.1 of Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) has arrived! Along with it comes:

Parallels RAS has long been architected to provide enterprises, Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs)  a powerful yet simple solution for application delivery and VDI. This philosophy has remained a guiding principle in the development of all versions of Parallels RAS, including 17.1.

In developing this new version, the Parallels RAS development team took notice of customers who served other organizations—i.e. service providers. They saw that these customers could realize substantial cost savings if they were able to consolidate components in the application delivery and VDI infrastructure. Knowing that these types of environments raised data security and privacy concerns, they built Parallels RAS 17.1 to address them.

The multi-tenancy architecture of Parallels RAS 17.1 makes it possible for multiple organizations or tenants to share various Parallels RAS components—like Secure Client Gateways and High Availability Load Balancers (HALBs)—on a single infrastructure. At the same time, their back-end environments are segregated and isolated from each other.

This new version also supports SAML, which enables users to gain quick and secure access to various applications across federated organizations via SSO. SAML does this without requiring each organization to share their local user-identity database or burdening IT with sophisticated user-identity management responsibilities.

Another major feature is added support for Microsoft Azure Hypervisor. This enables organizations to provision Remote Desktop Session Hosts (RDSH) and VDI directly to Microsoft Azure. This in turn improves an organization’s ability to support full, multi or hybrid cloud deployments, as well as take advantage of Parallels RAS auto-scaling and auto-provisioning combined with the reduced cost and elasticity of the Azure cloud.

Parallels RAS 17.1 also introduces AWS ELB support. AWS ELB automatically distributes incoming application traffic and scales resources to meet workload demands. This helps ensure high availability and reduces service downtime. The main enabler here is added support for different hostnames and ports for network and application traffic—which means Parallels RAS now also supports various third-party load balancers.

Other new capabilities worth mentioning are:

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