Parallels RAS on
Microsoft Azure Cloud Service

  • Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) on Azure provides secure, fast and reliable access to Windows® applications and desktops.
  • Due to Azure’s global presence, users can easily access application and workspaces from any location.
  • Protect corporate data stored in Azure by leveraging the advanced security capabilities of Parallels RAS.
Parallels RAS UX

“Parallels RAS in combination with Microsoft Azure has allowed us to simplify management and render faster deployments.”

Andrea Marchi
Head of IT, System Engineer

Provisioning on Azure

Parallels RAS supports Microsoft Azure Hypervisor as a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) provider. This allows organizations to provision and scale VDI workloads on demand directly on Microsoft Azure, rendering faster deployments and simplifying management. Enhance the flexibility of VDI and Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) deployments by mixing and matching on-premises, hybrid and public cloud environments.

Global Expansion

Parallels RAS on Azure provides the unique opportunity to offer employees and business partners faster, scalable and reliable access to corporate applications globally.

Redistribute IT Budget
for Business Growth

Azure’s efficient, pay-for-what-you-use model includes virtual hardware, Microsoft® licensing, and a range of advanced services such as disaster recovery. Combining Parallels RAS with Azure, IT departments can repurpose a sizable amount of their budget to other pressing projects.

Parallels RAS on Microsoft Azure Cloud Service

Quick Deployment and Seamless Product Roll-Out

The built-in automation capabilities of Parallels RAS simplify its deployment and configuration in the Azure cloud. It includes prebuilt Azure virtual machine (VM) templates and configuration wizards, allowing a Parallels RAS appliance to be fully configured in under 30 minutes. The solution offers straightforward and seamless user enrollment, maintaining productivity when moving local applications and desktops to virtual instances.

Parallels RAS on Microsoft Azure Cloud Service

Affordable Disaster Recovery

Since Azure's virtual servers are hardware independent, the Parallels RAS sites, farms, applications and data can be safely and reliably backed up to a second location in real time. Businesses can secure their assets without the cost of a second datacenter or the burden of reloading each server component.

Parallels RAS on Microsoft Azure Cloud Service

Universal Access Out-of-the-Box

Deploying Parallels RAS on Azure Cloud Service can provide employees immediate and secure access to applications, server-based desktops, data and folders across the Internet—without complex firewall configurations. Parallels RAS on Azure provides instant access to resources on any HTML5 browser.

Parallels RAS on Microsoft Azure Cloud Service


Maintain high performance for virtual applications and desktops by scaling the IT infrastructure on demand and automatically monitoring and adjusting resources. Auto-provisioning and auto-scaling workloads can ensure the right balance between resources’ availability and compute cost when running on Microsoft Azure.

Parallels RAS on Microsoft Azure Cloud Service

Load Balancing and Failover

Parallels RAS on Azure Cloud Service supports full active-active redundancy and features built-in load balancing for all Parallels RAS components—Publishing Agents, gateways and servers. Prevent any application server from becoming a single point of failure, thus improving overall application availability and responsiveness.

Parallels RAS on Microsoft Azure Cloud Service

Hybrid and Cloud Deployment Options

Parallels RAS supports hybrid deployment between on-premises and Azure-based resources. A hybrid cloud provides flexibility when computing needs change by allowing distributed workloads between a private and Azure cloud. With Parallels RAS, different scenarios can be easily implemented, from adding Terminal Servers to handle extra end users, to making cost-effective failover virtual infrastructure.

This document provides basic best-practice guidance for companies looking to leverage Parallels and Microsoft cloud technologies to deliver a state-of-the-art solution for their users.

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Parallels RAS on Azure is fast to deploy, robust, scalable and easy to manage. This document presents an analysis of the cost and scalability of Parallels RAS deployed on Microsoft Azure.

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This document is intended for IT staff who want to understand a Parallels and Hewlett Packard Enterprise approach to client virtualization and benefit from a pretested solution.

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