Solutions for Retail

Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) is an easy-to-use, high-performing application and desktop delivery solution that increases the versatility and efficiency of retail businesses. With centralized management of applications and desktops, retail stores can improve data security, reduce costs, and provide a superior experience to every customer who walks in the store. Parallels RAS allows retail businesses to keep up with cutting-edge technology and match the speed of business by managing applications, desktops, and multiple tools from a centralized console.


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Parallels RAS helps retail IT to:

  1. Make Windows line-of-business (LOB) applications available on any device—including HTML5 browsers.
  2. Provide retail employees with on-the-go access to business resources while working from various store locations.
  3. Adhere to PCI-DSS compliance and other regulations with encryption protocols and advanced filtering.
  4. Transform traditional desktop applications into full-featured mobile apps.
  5. Improve employee productivity with real-time information by providing immediate access to virtual workspace from any location, anytime.

Flexible Access to Retail Applications and Desktops

The retail industry is consistently adapting to new technology trends to remain competitive. Parallels RAS drives innovation by making Windows applications and desktops available on demand. Retail businesses can easily create personalized buying experiences, simplify warehouse and distribution management, and accelerate the speed to market.

Continue using legacy applications

Retailers have developed custom-tailored software over the years, from warehouse management systems (WMS) to inventory and POS management. With the Windows OS update for servers and workstations, some of the applications become legacy, requiring recoding to run on the latest OS. Parallels RAS supports any Windows server from 2003/SP2 onward on any device, allowing retail organizations to run legacy software side by side with the new applications.

Affordable VDI solution

Parallels RAS is straightforward and nearly effortless to implement. Additionally, Parallels licensing comes at a fraction of the cost compared to other software packages in the market. Retailers don’t have to worry about exceeding budgets when implementing an application and desktop delivery solution like Parallels RAS.

Mobile-empowered customer service

Provide retail employees instant and secure access to line-of-business (LOB) applications and data on any device—including Windows, Mac®, HTML5 web browsers, iOS, Android, and more. With mobile-enabled resources, employees are able to obtain information directly at their fingertips while providing optimum customer service.

“With Parallels RAS, our licensing costs have significantly reduced. We are able to easily create a stable network environment that is easy to deploy and manage.”

Dale Hobbs
Manager, Network and Security Systems

Accelerate Retail IT Performance

Simplify retail IT with a centralized and secure approach to managing applications, server-hosted desktops, and data. Parallels RAS provides retail staff access to cutting-edge technology across various store locations and warehouses.

Quick installation and deployment

Parallels RAS simplifies the deployment and maintenance of IT infrastructure by providing configuration wizards and automated processes to manage virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS). Additionally, IT administrators can centralize all of the business’s data, applications, and desktops in a secure and monitored farm, hosted on-premise, hybrid, or public cloud deployment.

Powerful management

Parallels RAS centralizes application and desktop management, upgrades, and installations so that IT administration can occur within a single pane of glass. Users have instant access to the latest software version from workstations, thin clients, and mobile devices—without local configuration.

Tighten Security on the Network

Parallels RAS secures applications, preventing unintentional disclosure of confidential information and helping to maintain compliance with information security regulations such as PCI-DSS. IT administrators can restrict access to sensitive material based on user, Active Directory group, MAC address, IP address, incoming gateway, two-factor authentication, and smart card authentication.

Next Steps

Start your evaluation of Parallels RAS with a 30-day free trial, or test the seamless web access UX on our HTML5 Live Demo. Contact us for more information.

*Testimonials are based on experience and may vary from user to user.