Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) Review

Provides flexible access to Windows applications from many types of devices

What is our primary use case?

It provides flexible access to Windows applications from many types of devices.

How has it helped my organization?

Students need to access many Windows applications. We provide hundreds of PCs across the campus for them to do so. Using Parallels means they can now use their own devices (Macs, tablets, etc.) from any location instead of having to go to a specific room or queue to use a PC.

What is most valuable?

  • Ease of set up
  • Transparent end user experience

Our main target for this product is the student body, who may not be using a Windows PC/laptop, and require access to applications which they are required to undertake during their studies or when they need to carry out research activities. Parallels allows us to provide easy access to applications on multiple devices from any location.

What needs improvement?

A web-based management interface for administration and reporting would be nice, instead of needing to log into a remote server.

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not yet encountered any issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have not yet encountered any issues with scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is okay.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not previously use another solution.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

It was performed by Parallels.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Everyone's circumstances are different. Therefore, I cannot provide advice.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Citrix VMware.

What other advice do I have?

Try it in a pilot first.

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author avatarRamon Corniel
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Excellent Product, i full recommend it, very useful, safe, fast and secure.