Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) Reviews

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Jim Carlton
Real User
IT Director at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 30 2018

What is most valuable?

* Ease of use * Ease of setup * Stability Those would be the three things I really like about it.

How has it helped my organization?

It has allowed us to centralize the software location so we don't have to update the software client on 70 computers. It's… more»

What needs improvement?

The main issue we have with all of our users is printing. Randomly, a printer will disconnect or someone won't connect to… more»

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

I feel the product's pricing is of good value. We have reviewed pricing on other software products, Citrix and products… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We did not have a previous solution. The company I worked for before was taking over IT and we realized they were going to… more»

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you have security groups set up for who's going to be using which applications. Other than that, it's stable… more»
Devraj Dedhia
Real User
IT Analyst at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jun 03 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is our control. If I want to disable a user I just go to that particular user and disable them… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The connection is compressed so we don't need a lot of resources to run it. Also, the ease of use. Initially, before using… more»

What needs improvement?

They don't have any local support here. It's not that we need it much because for us it is very stable, the… more»

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

It justifies the price. In terms of licensing, initially when we got the product it was an unlimited licensing strategy… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Initially, we were just using the traditional way of installing. We were not even aware that there was a solution in the… more»

What other advice do I have?

The implementation could be a bit complex because it is not a normal solution. It is not just a plug and play. But once it… more»
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Anonymous User
Real User
Network Administrator
May 31 2018

What is most valuable?

It is robust. We have some 75 users using it and it doesn't lag. It's very speedy.

How has it helped my organization?

We would not be able to function without it.

What needs improvement?

One area which I would say needs a lot of improvement: Since I've been here less than a year, I have had to upgrade the system three times. The… more»

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

Pricing is a little steep, but I really couldn't go to anyone else because it is so integrated into our system.

What other advice do I have?

Do your homework. Call, see if you can speak to three customers who use it and get their opinion. Also get three different quotes, or three similar… more»
StevePollak
Reseller
Founder and CEO at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
May 24 2018

What is most valuable?

* Easy to install * Super stable * Easy to manage

How has it helped my organization?

It permits us to control the applications that our users are able to get to, in a seamless manner. We're able to… more»

What needs improvement?

It's a really good product. There's not a lot that needs improving, and we're on an older version. I imagine the newer… more»

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

I think the new pricing is a little bit high. If the price was lower, we could use it for many more customers. If there… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Citrix. We switched because Citrix is complicated and expensive.

What other advice do I have?

Everything can be improved, so I give it an eight out of 10. It does everything we need it to do, it's stable; with the… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Systems Administrator at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 28 2018

What is most valuable?

Ease of use in publishing apps and installing the agent. The Interface is fairly intuitive after some tinkering. Although I inherited the app only… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Enables deployment of remote apps from a central location.

What needs improvement?

* Customer support * Ease of end-user use Opening a ticket should be available from the actual RAS console. It is cumbersome to go to a portal… more»

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

Work with the vendor, as this is a fairly new product and they want use cases. Deals can be made.

What other advice do I have?

Test extensively, especially with custom-built apps, as these can have issues, though overall the experience is smooth.
Christophe Jurdan
Real User
System Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 01 2018

What is most valuable?

* Thin client management (Windows 10 client) provides an easy way to lock down client connection to the remote… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Accelerates deployment of thin clients and remote desktop servers in the farm.

What needs improvement?

HALB is not stable in our environment. When running two HALBs we have stability problems, so we use an active one and a… more»

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

Pricing is good.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Native remote desktop.

What other advice do I have?

Read the manual.
James-Russell
Real User
Professional Services at a tech services company
May 23 2018

What is most valuable?

Stability and reliability. Because our clients use this as the way to access their work every day, and we use it to… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Allows staff to work from anywhere with an internet connection, on just about any connected device.

What needs improvement?

We have been working with the Parallels team on some printing issues and are hopeful they will be resolved in the next… more»

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

The pricing has always been competitive, and the new SPLA licensing model works great for our business and clients.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Citrix and native RDS. Citrix was more costly for a product that was no better and RDS has had a number of limitations… more»

What other advice do I have?

Install a demo and give it a go. It is very quick and will generally be all you need to be converted to a user of… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
CIO at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 28 2018

What is most valuable?

Comparable performance to Citrix for our use case at a significantly lower cost. Straightforward installation and capable… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Simplifies external connections with community-based organizations by allowing us to publish applications to them… more»

What needs improvement?

Improvement is needed in performance monitoring of the client's endpoint, and automatic re-connection of the client in the… more»

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

Pricing is clear and there are relatively few options or other pricing considerations when compared to similar products… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I have used Citrix in previous organizations with good results but I lacked the budget to acquire Citrix for this… more»

What other advice do I have?

Take advantage of the trial version so that you can check out its feature set first-hand, get a sense of its performance… more»
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ApplicationServer delivers applications, data and virtual desktops from a central location, providing continuous availability, resource-based load-balancing and complete network transparency.
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