Remote Application: An Overview From Parallels RAS

A remote application is an application delivery solution wherein the actual application is installed on a central server and is used from a remote device. The end user receives screenshots of the application while being able to provide keyboard, thumb tap and mouse inputs. Remote apps have many names: remote application, server-client apps, app remoting, application virtualization and virtual apps. The Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is one of the more popular protocols used to transmit data from the datacenter-hosted application to the remote devices.

Remote Application Overview

Remote applications generally integrate with the Windows desktop seamlessly. For example, users can move and resize application windows. They can switch applications with ALT + TAB, and then they can click the application name in the start menu to launch the application. But again, the app was never installed on the user’s computer, it ran elsewhere, and the app’s streaming pixels are displayed on the user’s screen.

Products that run remote applications include VMware and Microsoft RDSH. This is also the technology used by DaaS providers. The exact network protocol used to transfer the remote images from the application to the user’s computer is dedicated to this purpose, and each different provider has its own protocol. (e.g. Microsoft RemoteFX, VMware PCoverIP, etc.)

Some large cloud providers also offer remote application processing solutions.

Benefits of Remote Applications

There are quite a few benefits when it comes to remote applications, some of which are:

Challenges with Remote Applications

Parallels RAS Seamlessy Delivers Virtual Applications

Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) is a comprehensive application delivery solution that is easy to install and use. You only need to install a msi file and the tool is up within five minutes. All the components such as load balancing and universal printing redirection come auto-configured. Publishing a remote application is pretty simple. By following a simple wizard, you can quickly publish a central application to remote devices. Connections can be filtered by IP address, MAC address, users, groups, gateway and client address. It supports authentication mechanisms such as RADIUS, DeepNet, and Gemalto (formerly SafeNet). Parallels RAS  complements and enhances RDS cost-effectively.

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