Introducing the Parallels Education License Program (PELP)
A new, cost-efficient model for educational institutions to provide remote teaching and learning as a value-added service.
What Is PELP?
PELP, or the Parallels® Education License Program, is designed specifically to provide remote access as a value-added service across your educational institution.
With PELP, your organization gains immediate access to Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS), a solution that supports your institution by enabling you to provide high-quality remote teaching and learning through the pandemic and beyond.
Parallels RAS enables your IT teams to centrally manage software usage via virtual desktops and applications and provides secure remote access across all devices your organization uses. This access can be provided to teachers, students and administrative staff.
Even better, there are no upfront costs or fees when you join PELP; you’re only billed for the instances of Parallels RAS you use.
Note: PELP is only available for educational institutions based in North America.
Do You Have Computer Labs?
Parallels RAS is a virtual client computing solution that enables remote access to your computer labs and managed student access to lab environments from a central console—all from any device.
Parallels RAS provides a simple and easy-to-use toolkit that facilitates remote learning by creating remote desktops and applications that can be accessed from anywhere, anytime, on any device—including tablets and smartphones.
What Makes Parallels RAS a Great Fit for Educational Institutions?
- Accessibility: Teachers and students may access educational resources in any format, from any device (including smartphones, tablets, thin clients, etc.).
- Security: Teachers, students and admins enjoy secure access to all applications and desktops, from any location.
- Mobility: Students have the digital tools they need to both learn and complete assignments by enabling them to use any device and OS.
- Flexible Pricing: Save money during off-peak or summer months and easily allocate costs by department and/or college via our flexible, pay-per-use license model.
A Simple, Affordable All-in-One Solution
Parallels RAS is a complete, remote application and desktop delivery system that provides top-tier features without the expense and complexity of other popular VDI solutions. It streamlines Remote Desktop Session Hosts (RDSH), VDI and Azure Virtual Desktop management, enabling you to deliver a robust solution that reduces IT costs without compromising on functionality or sacrificing your budget.
Enables Secure Remote Teaching and Learning
Today’s educational institutions want to provide more mobile and accessible access for their faculty, students and admins. Parallels RAS enables your IT team to implement policies, such as bring your own device (BYOD), that make teaching and learning easier while keeping critical organizational and student data protected via advanced security features. This helps create more secure, productive digital learning spaces while allowing you to support more agile educational models.
Helps Ensure a Consistent, High-Quality Educational Experience
With Parallels RAS, your IT team can quickly adopt a multi-cloud strategy to seamlessly provide access to desktops, applications and even computer labs from anywhere, at any time, helping ensure educational continuity. It enables you to offer native-like, full-featured desktops and applications to any device, operating system or platform, reducing the burden on your IT team. Plus, Parallels RAS is quick and easy for admins, teachers and students to implement and use.
Azure Virtual Desktop Integration
Your customers can extend Azure Virtual Desktop capabilities by integrating, configuring and unifying all virtual workloads and resources from a centralized console. Integrate Parallels RAS deployments with Azure Virtual Desktop, delivering a single solution to end users.
Simplified Access with Parallels HTML5 Client
Enable your customers to access applications and desktops from anywhere, at any time, from any HTML5 browser. The Parallels HTML5 Client is an OS-independent, web-based application that provides an alternative method for users to securely access resources without having to install the Parallels® Client on their personal devices.
White Labeling (Customization)
Deliver your software and retain your branding through the Parallels® HTML5 Client Portal and Windows Client user interface (UI). Provide your customers with a unified and personalized “look and feel” for their applications, enabling the same working environment no matter the device or location.
Auto-Provisioning and Auto-Scaling
Maintain high and consistent performance for virtual applications and desktops by automatically monitoring and scaling on-demand computing resources based on templates. Parallels RAS can dynamically create, remove, release and load balance Windows-based OSs on pre-defined criteria, ensuring sudden load spikes are easily managed without any manual action required.
Multi-Cloud and Business Continuity
Utilize multi-cloud scaling capabilities along with Parallels RAS automation to deploy, manage and maintain a high-availability IT infrastructure while guaranteeing reliable access for your customers. Provide your customers with secure and instant access to your applications.
Single Pane of Glass Management
Free up time and cut costs by centrally managing administrative tasks, such as deploying servers, publishing applications, monitoring resources and providing helpdesk assistance from a single pane of glass—the Parallels RAS Console. The web-based Management Portal enhances mobility, enabling administrators to work on-the-go.
Implement a cost-effective solution that can easily manage multiple isolated tenants in the same Parallels RAS infrastructure. Maximize resource usage by sharing the access layer, including gateways and load balancers, among independent Parallels RAS Farms or Sites representing tenants while keeping data segregated and secure.
REST API and PowerShell API
Save time and costs while maximizing resources, by enabling the automation of common, complex and repetitive tasks using REST APIs and/or PowerShell cmdlets. Enable easier integration of third-party tools and technologies with scheduling and workflow applications into the Parallels RAS ecosystem.
Multifactor Authentication (MFA) and Smart Cards
Provide additional layers of security for your customer data by using multi-factor authentication before granting access to published applications and desktops. Parallels RAS integrates with third-party security solutions using RADIUS or others such as Deepnet DualShield, Gemalto’s SafeNet and Azure MFA (NPS). Additionally, Smart cards are supported.
FSLogix Profile Container Integration
Your customers can easily deploy, configure and manage FSLogix Profile Containers as the preferred integrated user profile management solution from the Parallels RAS Console or Management Portal.
Automated Image Optimizations
Built-in automated image optimization capabilities for RDSH, VDI or Azure Virtual Desktop workloads improve the user experience for your customers, reduces IT infrastructure costs and accelerates time-to-production.
UX Evaluator and Advanced Session Metrics
IT Administrators can improve service delivery by pinpointing issues faster and more accurately with the User Experience (UX) Evaluator metric, combined with a complete view of user session details.
Ready out of the box and easy-to-use, Parallels RAS Universal Printing enables your customers to instantly use local printers while accessing your applications—without the need to download or configure additional drivers.
Superior User Experience on Any Device
Enable your customers to seamlessly access your applications from any location at any time. Switching between devices does not alter the high-performance experience. Native mobile gestures, multitasking, quick keypads and effortless printing provide a local workspace-like experience.
Legacy Application Support and Containerization
Manage and deliver legacy and newer applications simultaneously by leveraging the support capabilities of Windows Server OS (2008/ R2, 2012/R2, 2016 & 2019). Parallels RAS offers multiple OS support in the same environment. In addition, Microsoft App-V and other application containerization solutions are supported within the Parallels RAS environment.