Parallels Inc.

Citrix Alternative—Cut Your Application Delivery Costs by up to 60%

The easiest way to deliver and manage virtual Windows applications to any device! 

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Leader in Cost-Effective Application Delivery

Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) delivers Windows applications and virtual desktops to any device, anywhere. Easily manage Microsoft RDS and VDI while benefitting from a better mobility experience than XenApp—at a fraction of the cost.

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Brilliant Mobile Experience

Parallels RAS provides access to desktop applications as if they were native applications on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, making your mobile employees truly productive. With Parallels RAS mobile clients, employees are able to use native iOS and Android controls to interact with desktop applications, and smart optimizations allow the use of desktop applications even on the small screens of mobile phones.

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Simpler, More Secure, and Less Expensive than XenApp

Parallels Remote Application Server focuses on security, reliability, performance, scalability, and user experience.

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Single-Pane-of-Glass Solution

No third-party or expensive add-ons are needed; universal printer redirection, gateway high availability, reporting, and powerful load balancing are ready to use straight out of the box—from a central interface. IT staff can focus on core duties without dealing with unnecessary complexity.

Easy to Use

Parallels Remote Application Server is easy to deploy, manage, and maintain. Complex administrative tasks are streamlined using wizards to provide administrators the most efficient path to application delivery, while a graphic editor allows visualization of the complete deployment and architecture blueprint. Setting up RDS servers, publishing virtual applications, and enrolling new users are all achieved in just a few clicks

Cloud Ready

Parallels RAS is fully interoperable with Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS). It supports Windows Server 2016 and all the improvements related to cloud integration.

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Features and Functionality

Parallels Remote Application Server Citrix XenDesktop & XenApp
Effortless application publishing Yes Limited
Pricing and TCO Yes No
Straightforward licensing Yes No
Access to file and folders Yes Yes
Access to virtual (published) applications Yes Yes
Access to virtual desktops (VDI) Yes Yes
Native client for multiple OSes and mobile devices Yes Yes
Automated client configuration based on the user’s email address Yes Yes
Integration of virtualized Windows apps into the Start Menu Yes Yes
Native mobile controls for Windows applications Yes Limited
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Parallels Remote Application Server delivers virtual desktops and applications from a central location, providing continuous availability, resource-based load balancing, and complete end-to-end reporting and network transparency for administrators.

Easily deliver Windows applications to anyone, anywhere using any type of operating system, computer, or mobile device.

Designed to be More Reliable, Easier, and More Flexible

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Application Publishing

Deliver applications to remote users and mobile devices in a seamless and easy-to-manage way. The user can continue to use the same files as if they were on their office workstation. Parallels Remote Application Server is easy to configure; with the drag-and-drop functionality, publishing an application is simple.

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Desktop Management

Regain up to 80% of the time normally used to configure and manage desktop clients. Parallels Remote Application Server allows you to transform any Windows client into a secure and fully managed workstation. Existing company computers can be used 'as is,' immediately delivering remote desktop and virtual applications.

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High Availability Load Balancing

Load balancing delivers high performance across your organization, allowing gateways and servers to work at high availability. Parallels Remote Application Server easily configures the infrastructure to your load needs by optimizing your resources.

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Remote Desktop–VDI

Mix the most popular hypervisors with Parallels Remote Application Server to deliver seamless application virtualization and publish remote desktops. Manage Virtualized Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) or Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS) independently and easily.

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The Parallels Remote Application Server reporting tools provide an extensive overview of your infrastructure. Take advantage of real-time monitoring with hundreds of preconfigured reports covering everything from applications to remote session activity. Support your team by anticipating when they will need you.

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Universal Printing and Scanning

Allow your users to print and scan from any device: desktop, thin client, iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, or HTML5 browser. Universal Printing and Scanning is auto-configured, without any extra action required by the IT administrator. Users can print and scan on all available printers and scanners, without having to install a driver.

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Parallels Remote Application Server offers a set of intuitive wizards to quickly automate terminal server configuration, allowing IT administrators to set up complex configurations easily. A welcome screen guides administrators through terminal server configuration, publishing applications and inviting end users to access applications published.

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Training and Support

Parallels offers comprehensive training and support for partners and customers. Support includes pre- and post-sales assistance. Our team of experts works closely with customers every step of the way to build a personalized migration path to Parallels RAS from other vendor platforms

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