Citrix Alternative: Reduce Your Virtual Apps & Desktops Costs by up to 60%

  • Reduce IT Costs and Complexity with Parallels RAS.
  • Centrally deploy and manage RDSH, VDI, and Azure Virtual Desktop.
  • One-stop solution with a single licensing model.

Considering Citrix for Virtual Apps and Desktops?

Parallels® Remote Application Server is an all-in-one VDI solution that supports both application and desktop delivery under the same management console, license, and infrastructure.

Combine any number of hypervisors with Parallels RAS to deliver seamless application delivery and publish remote desktops. Manage your VDI, Microsoft RDS, or Azure Virtual Desktop environments centrally and efficiently.

Features and Functionality Parallels Remote Application Server Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
Effortless application publishing Yes Limited
Pricing Low High
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 Limited
Automated client configuration based on the user’s email address Yes Yes
Native client for multiple OSes and mobile devices Yes Limited

Top Reasons to Switch to Parallels RAS

Reduce Complexity

Parallels RAS is simple to deploy, configure, and manage, helping businesses decrease IT complexity. With RDSH, VDI, and Azure Virtual Desktop all managed through a single pane of glass, Parallels RAS simplifies the management and scaling of IT infrastructures.

Smart wizards and automation tools make complex administrative processes easier by providing administrators with the most effective path to application delivery, freeing them from time-consuming and repetitive tasks.

All-inclusive Single Licensing Model

Parallels’ RAS single license model enables access to a full-featured set of capabilities. There’s no need to evaluate multiple editions to determine which best suits your business needs. And since Parallels RAS is deployed via on-premises, hybrid, and cloud environments, IT teams are always in control of managing the entire infrastructure.

The license includes enterprise-range features:

  • Load balancing
  • Multi-cloud ready
  • Monitoring and reporting
  • Universal Printing
  • Remote PC
  • FIPS 140-2 encryptions
  • 24/7 customer support

Parallels RAS does not require third-party add-ons—there is no need to pay for anything extra.

Unified Azure Virtual Desktop Integration

Parallels RAS provides organizations with unified administration to configure and manage Azure Virtual Desktop and other types of resources. A central management point increases the simplicity and flexibility to manage hybrid and multi-cloud deployments and makes the transition to the cloud easier for enterprises.

Parallels RAS helps organizations to deploy Azure Virtual Desktop by using straightforward and intuitive wizards to add and manage workspaces, create personal or pooled host pools, build templates, and assign users to application groups.

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“We use Parallels Remote Application Server to replace Citrix Servers and deliver a simple yet powerful tool to our end users for running published applications and accessing network resources from either mobile platforms or from other locations that are offsite. We found it simpler to get up and running and much less expensive than Citrix.”

Information Systems Manager,
Manitoulin-Sudbury District Services Board

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Benefits for End Users and IT Admins

Excellent Mobile User Experience (UX)

Excellent Mobile User Experience (UX)

Parallels RAS enables access to desktop applications as if they were native apps on mobile devices. Boost productivity with support for iOS, iPadOS Android, and Chrome OS. Utilize native mobile-device gestures—such as zoom in, tap to click, and more—to interact seamlessly with desktop applications. Make the most of smart optimizations such as full-screen applications, quick keypads, multitasking, and Lock’n’Go Magnifying Glass.

Monitoring and Reporting

Monitoring and Reporting

The Parallels RAS Monitor and Reporting Engine provides a continuously extensive overview of your infrastructure, allowing for planning or troubleshooting. Take advantage of real-time monitoring with hundreds of preconfigured reports covering everything from applications to remote session activity. Support your team and troubleshoot possible scenarios before they even take place.

Universal Printing and Scanning

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 autoconfigured, 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.

High Availability Load Balancing

High Availability Load Balancing

The auto-preconfigured and out-of-the-box load balancer delivers high performance across organizations, enabling gateways and servers to work at high availability. Parallels RAS quickly auto-configures the load needs of IT infrastructures while optimizing resources. An additional HALB appliance exists to serve for load balancing high-number infrastructures of over 2000+ users and is available at no extra cost.

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Parallels RAS is designed to enable effortless management of Microsoft RDS and VDI. Benefit from a better mobile experience than Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp) — at a fraction of the cost.

The simplified and highly affordable single licensing is one of the strongest points to consider if you are looking for a Citrix alternative

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