Compare Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) vs. VMware Horizon View

Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) is ranked 1st in Virtual Desktop with 14 reviews while VMware Horizon View is ranked 4th in Virtual Desktop with 2 reviews. Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) is rated 8.6, while VMware Horizon View is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) writes "Allowed us to centralize our software, making scalability and updates easier". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Horizon View writes "The ability to reliably virtualize desktops and support them. Simple to say, but complicated nonetheless. ". Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) is most compared with Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, XenApp (Citrix Virtual Apps) and XenDesktop, whereas VMware Horizon View is most compared with XenDesktop, VMware Workstation and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services. See our Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) vs. VMware Horizon View report.
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Pros
We use Cloudpaging to package and deploy the vast majority of our applications to our standard Windows 10 desktops. With the use of Parallels integration into Software2 AppsAnywhere hub, this means we can use the same packages to deliver Windows applications to almost any device - Windows, mac OS, iOS, Android, Linux, Xbox One, PS4 - just by ticking a box.Thin client management (Windows 10 client) provides an easy way to lock down client connection to the remote infrastructure. Policies are very helpful for preconfiguring client behavior. Finally, client management is easy.It has allowed us to centralize the software location so we don't have to update the software client on 70 computers.The most valuable feature is the ease with which you can publish applications to different groups of users, by integrating with Windows Active Directory.It provides flexible access to Windows applications from many types of devices.We can publish apps and desktops on Terminal Servers and seamlessly share printers. We also combine Parallels with Deepnet Security to get two-factor authentication.We use RAS to publish cloud desktops to our clients. The ability to easily publish resources to a subset of users is what we find most valuable.The management capability from the RAS portal provides greater control than using pure MS inbuilt into RDS capabilities.

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Managing all operating systems in a single environment helped a lot in organizing and integrating it.

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It needs Windows scaling on Android/iOS devices. At present, the concept of delivering apps to Android and iOS devices is appealing, but the reality is the screen size on these devices is so small that, unless there is some scaling option, it is not really usable.HALB is not stable in our environment. When running two HALBs we have stability problems, so we use an active one and a passive for backup. Also, it would be nice to implement an upgrade of the environment without having to stop the servers. As it is, this must be done during off-hours.The main issue we have with all of our users is printing. Randomly, a printer will disconnect or someone won't connect to it and I will have to reset the print service and then nobody can print. That's the big headache we've had over the course of the five years.A web-based management interface for administration and reporting would be nice, instead of needing to log into a remote server.We use several gateways because access to our secret zone requires two-factor user authentication. It is a lot of hassle differentiating among users with or without two-factor. Of course, we could use two farms, but that would mean more management too.It would be great if there were more sophisticated GPO templates/options.We have had significant, ongoing issues with printing. It would be great to have a best practice for dealing with printing that we can offer to our customers.Since I've been here less than a year, I have had to upgrade the system three times. The first time was the major upgrade but they have upgraded twice since, and I think that's too many times in that time span.

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The initial startup costs for this solution are relatively high.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
I recommend testing Parallels and comparing it to your needs. Compare the prices against what you are able to do with the product and its alternatives. Parallels is not a cheap product.We currently use Parallels side-by-side with an Azure cloud-hosted solution. This may be from a lack of product knowledge on my part, but we still need to work out the most effective way to shut down servers outside of hours, thereby reduce hosting costs. I am not entirely convinced Parallels does this well yet.Parallels is a cost effective alternative to Citrix.It justifies the price. In terms of licensing, initially when we got the product it was an unlimited licensing strategy. We knew would grow in the coming years. So initially, we took a plan which had no limit. After a year or so the strategy changed and we were being limited to 105 licenses, that was the minimum... If there was flexibility for increasing the number of licenses that would be great because you never know how much you are going to grow in the next year.Pricing is a little steep.Just compare it to Citrix and you will see the value in it.Comparable performance to Citrix for our use case at a significantly lower cost. Pricing is clear and there are relatively few options or other pricing considerations when compared to similar products. Just be sure not to forget the Microsoft licensing that goes along with a Parallels deployment.Work with the vendor, as this is a fairly new product and they want use cases. Deals can be made.

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Licensing and hardware outsourcing is expensive, but can be cost-effective in the three to five-year range.

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Overview
ApplicationServer delivers applications, data and virtual desktops from a central location, providing continuous availability, resource-based load-balancing and complete network transparency.

VMware Horizon View, previously known as VMware View, is a virtual desktop infrastructure solution that provides users with virtual and mobile desktop management, flexible access, an optimal end-user experience and cloud computing. Horizon View also provides increased control and security of the desktop environment.

End-users get to be more productive and enjoy the flexibility of accessing their desktop environments from many locations and devices, while IT remains in control of policies and security.

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Arsari Group _ PT Netmarks Indonesia, Izhevsk Elektromekhanicheskiy Zavod (IEMZ) _ Kupol, Abilene Diagnostic Clinic, Fylde Borough Council, YARSTROYREZE LLC, VSK Insurance House, Melenkovsky District of Vladimirskaya Oblast, Sofrigam SA, Antenna International, KingsGate Community Church, Norwegian American Hospital, Island Hotels Group, Medway Council, Medway Council, Voices of September 11th, MacDonald Training Center, Kansas Childrenês Service League, Scope,Next Generation Clubs, WTC Communications, Opera Australia, HSE Integrated, Danier, Bridgwater College, Kern County Mental Health, Tony Tiendas, Spears Manufacturing, Managed Insurance Services Inc., Intuitive Medical Software, M.J. Soffe, Mazda Motors, Israel Military Industries (IMI), Telfair, Upic Solutions, Teleflora, Fisher & CompanyAmway, Hertz International, Metro Health, North Carolina State University, Ottawa International Airport, Revlon, and Whirlpool.
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