Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) vs. XenApp (Citrix Virtual Apps)

As of June 2019, Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) is ranked 1st in Application Virtualization with 14 reviews vs XenApp (Citrix Virtual Apps) which is ranked 2nd in Application Virtualization with 7 reviews. The top reviewer of Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) writes "Allowed us to centralize our software, making scalability and updates easier". The top reviewer of XenApp (Citrix Virtual Apps) writes "It virtualizes the application on your desktop". Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) is most compared with Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, XenApp (Citrix Virtual Apps) and XenDesktop. XenApp (Citrix Virtual Apps) is most compared with Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS), Microsoft App-V and TeamViewer. See our Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) vs. XenApp (Citrix Virtual Apps) report.
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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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I found the ease of deployment, scalability, and security to be to our benefit when supplying virtual applications to our clients.The scalability is fine. We have about 400 users, who are supported by six staff members. We use the product company-wide throughout 40 different locations, and we currently do not have plans to increase the scale of use.It has improved delivering applications to remote locations with its lower bandwidth utilization.ICA/HDX optimization policies.It virtualizes the application on your desktop.It is user-friendly and easy to use.The installation and maintenance are good.​It has very good performance in delivering 3D applications over WAN.

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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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There are a lot of shortfalls with supporting printing over XenApp.The monitoring and management is in need of improvement.Dependency on server virtualization after v7.x is an issue which I encountered in small environments.There are many latency and slowness issues, which are things looked after by Citrix.Scalability depends on the server and the number of users in the organization.​There have been many issues with stability.

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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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I think it is a little high priced.It is a bit costly, but enterprise class features come with a cost.The licenses are affordable, but the support is a bit expensive, though worth the value.​The product, XenServer, is free to use, and XenApp has a one month free license.You have to do some hard work in order to get the suitable licenses.

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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.XenApp solves IT challenges with scalable and secure application delivery by providing remote access to Windows apps and data over any network, on any device Ð and now enables employees to access Linux virtual desktops side-by-side with Windows resources for a complete workspace experience. As the only server-based computing solution that is Common Criteria certified and native FIPS 140-2 compliant, XenApp reduces the risk of data loss and prevents unwanted intrusions by delivering virtual apps and data as an on-demand service to users based on location- and device-specific features and security configurations.
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