Azure Virtual Desktop with Parallels RAS: hybrid cloud made easy

The simplest way to optimize Azure Virtual Desktop costs.

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Why customers love Parallels RAS with Azure Virtual Desktop

Hassle-free hybrid cloud deployments

Easily combine on-premises or other public clouds with Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) from the same console, without additional license fees.

Up to 79% cost reduction for Azure Virtual Desktop

Reduce Azure compute and storage costs by approximately 54% to 79%.

Rapid implementation and easy management

Reduce time spent on maintenance and troubleshooting tasks by 50% to 70%.

Enhanced user experience

Choose native Azure Virtual Desktop or a Parallels RAS user experience. The Parallels RAS UX adds capabilities such as single sign-on, universal printing, session pre-launch, drag-and-drop, and accelerated file retrieval.

Parallels RAS integration with Azure Virtual Desktop ensures optimized service delivery while providing a unified end-user experience. It simplifies Azure Virtual Desktop deployment and provides centrally managed capabilities, including auto-scaling, FSLogix Profile Containers configuration and automated VM image optimization.

Sandeep Patnaik
Principal PM Manager, Microsoft

Customer Stories


ISV leverages VDI solution to enhance Azure Virtual Desktop. Reports a reduction of 83% time to market.

Bruxelles-Propreté Agence Régionale '(Arp-Gan)

With a small IT department consisting of a single administrator, “it would have been impossible to manage everything without a solution like Parallels RAS,” says Christophe Jurdan, system engineer at Arp-Gan.

Features and functionality Parallels RAS and Azure Virtual Desktop Azure Virtual Desktop native
Auto scaling and power management of session host servers Yes Yes
Managing and maintaining FSLogix Profiles Yes Yes (requires additional consoles and policies)
Image optimization to increase user density and performance Yes No
Drag and drop files to improve working with data Yes No
Universal printing and scanning Yes Limited
Full hybrid options by deploying towards multi cloud and on premises Yes Limited (requires Azure Stack HCI)
Integrated cost savings on storage Yes No
Freedom of choice in MFA providers and IDPs Yes No
Accelerated file enumeration to speed up working with redirected drives Yes No
Managing and assigning MSIX app attach Yes Limited (no version tags, no automated certificate management)
Monitoring, reporting and session details Yes Yes (requires Log Analytics at additional cost)
Managing multiple Azure Subscriptions / tenants Yes Limited
Session prelaunch technology to speed up login process Yes No
Unified client consolidating AVD and non-AVD resources Yes No
Custom web access URLs including branding and simplified certificate management Yes No (custom URL is possible but requires components and configuration outside of AVD)
Auditing of administrative actions with easy reverting of each action Yes Limited (no easy reverting of admin actions)
Granular filtering of published resources based on various conditions Yes Limited to only users and group membership
Wizard driven deployment, single console Yes Limited (requires multiple consoles and no end-to-end deployment wizard)
Automation based on API and PowerShell Yes Yes
24x7 unlimited support included Yes Yes (at additional cost)

Frequently asked questions

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