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VMblog's Expert Interviews: Parallels Talks Latest Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) Features, Benefits and More


Remote Application Delivery and VDI can be complex and expensive, but organizations are still on the hunt to find a solid solution to help them remotely deliver applications and desktops to their employees.  One such solution is Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) which the company says provides organizations with a seamless application delivery and VDI experience while reducing TCO and improving security.  And they just announced an updated version bringing it to version 16.5.  To find out more, we spoke with Vissarion Yfantis, Parallels' IT Technical Training Writer.

VMblog:  To kick things off, can you tell readers a little more about Parallels? 

Vissarion Yfantis:  Parallels is a global leader and creator of cross-platform solutions, simplifying customers' use of and access to remote applications and files on any device or operating system. Parallels helps businesses and individuals securely and productively use their favorite devices and technology, whether it's Windows, Mac®, iOS, AndroidTM, Google ChromebookTM, Linux, Raspberry Pi, or the cloud. 

Over 5 million individuals and 50,000+ businesses trust Parallels to: 

    • Seamlessly deliver virtual desktops and applications to any device.
    • Run Windows on a Mac.
    • Manage Mac with Microsoft SCCM.
    • Provide access to PCs and Mac computers from any device. 

    VMblog:  And what about Parallels RAS? 

    Yfantis:  Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) is a cost-effective, cloud-ready, and easy-to-use application and desktop delivery solution that provides secure access and a consistent user experience (UX) to published resources.   

    Parallels RAS supports a variety of industries, including healthcare, education, automotive, finance, retail, and more. 

    Key benefits include: 

    • Pervasive Security 
      Secure data by centrally controlling and monitoring user access. Adhere to compliance regulations. 

    • High-Performance UX 
      Improve users' productivity with fast, reliable, and straightforward access to applications and desktops from any device, anywhere. ​ 

    • On-Demand Scalability 
      Quickly adapt to business needs by automatically scaling your infrastructure using a variety of deployment options. ​ 

    • Reduced Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) 
      Streamline IT workloads, minimize RDSH and VDI complexity, and cut overhead costs. ​ 

    ​VMblog:  I know you have a new version, 16.5.  What can you tell us about this latest version of Parallels RAS? 

    Yfantis:  Version 16.5 streamlines the deployment and management of your farm with auto-provisioned RDS hosts, Microsoft App-V integration, and Parallels RAS PowerShell SDK.   

    • Streamline VDI Deployment
      • VDI Agent Redesign - Now you can control multiple VDI Guests through one single VDI Agent.
      • RDSH Templates - Enable dynamic server-scaling on your farm based on traffic demands by cloning your RD Session Hosts.
    • Color and Theme Customization
      • Ability to re-brand Parallels Client for Windows.
      • Allows the same branding as HTML5 Client.
    • New Second-Level Authentication Profiles
      • Simplified Azure MFA server via RADIUS configuration.
      • Added DUO, FortiAuthenticator, and TekRADIUS provider templates to simplify activation.
    • Granular Client Policies
      • Redesigned look and feel to offer more flexibility by splitting four categories into more than 20.
    • Microsoft App-V Integration
      • Ability to publish containerized App-V applications, solving OS compatibility issues.

    VMblog:  Can you explain why organizations should choose Parallels RAS over other solutions on the market? 

    Yfantis:  Parallels RAS is a revolutionary product tailored around customer needs and demands, providing a productive, hassle-free RDS and VDI environment while keeping TCO low. 

    • Simple Deployment and Maintenance - Parallels RAS streamlines infrastructure deployment and maintenance by providing an intuitive management console and set of tools that can easily configure Microsoft RDSH and VDI, reducing IT workload.
    • All-in-One License - Parallels RAS has affordable yearly subscription models or flexible pay-as-you-go SPLA licensing. No third-party or expensive add-ons are needed. Features such as gateway high availability, reporting, and load balancing are ready to use out of the box. 
    • Customer-Oriented - Every product release is tailored around customer needs to continuously improve IT staff's and end users' experience.
    • Seamless UX - Parallels RAS provides a high-performing, intuitive, productive UX on any device, including HTML5 browsers, iOS, and Android.  Users receive a native-like experience on applications and desktops regardless of the device, location, or connection.
    • Technology Agility - Parallels RAS supports on-premise, hybrid, and cloud deployments, such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web ServicesTM (AWS). Enable your infrastructure to be more agile with a flexible architecture that supports RDS on Windows Server (2003 R2, 2008, 2012, and 2016) and VDI with Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, VMware ESXi, Nutanix Acropolis (AHV), and KVM.

    VMblog:  For readers who want to give it a try, how can they get their hands on the new version of Parallels RAS? 

    Yfantis:  Parallels RAS offers a full-featured, 30-day trial that's available as an on-premise, trial-in-a-box, or cloud deployment (public, private or hybrid). Within minutes, IT can instantly and securely publish applications and desktops from major hypervisors and RDS technology. Download your trial

    VMblog:  Finally, what can we expect to see in upcoming versions? 

    Yfantis:  In the next few years, Parallels will evaluate adding further enhancements to our RDS and VDI components. The evolution of the product is primarily based on customer demands. Additional components, features, and technologies are predicated upon market needs.


    Published Monday, July 16, 2018 7:26 AM by David Marshall
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