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How Parallels RAS (Remote Application Server) Enhances Microsoft RDS

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Remote access to corporate data and desktops is key to maintaining a competitive advantage and drive productivity in today’s mobile business environment. However, many organizations are discouraged from adopting an application delivery solution due to the complexity of Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Services (RDS). With Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS), however, RDS infrastructure is overhauled to provide the simplicity, flexibility and security that businesses need when publishing and accessing applications over a remote virtual network. Already, Parallels RAS has become the preferred choice of hundreds of businesses for its exceptional end user experience, straightforward and easy to use console, and powerful security enhancements.

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The following is list of the top reasons why businesses choose to work with Parallels RAS over Microsoft RDS:

Top benefits of Parallels RAS over RDS
  • Seamless, Multi-platform Experience

    Deliver users across your network a superior, streamlined experience that would be impossible with RDS alone. Even with 2016 improvements, Microsoft RDS still can’t provide a seamless experience on any device. Parallels RAS fills the gap allowing organizations to provide users with a seamless, multi-platform experience anywhere across the network.

  • Effortless Configuration, Brilliant Control

    Reduce setup and configuration time with Parallels RAS. While configuring RDS requires completing a host of time-consuming manual tasks for key task such as network-ready printing. In contrast, Parallels RAS is up and running in less than 15 minutes with useful auto-configured features such as load balancing and universal printing available right away.

  • Cloud-based, Easy-to-Scale Solution

    Adding new servers, new devices and hypervisors to scale up the network is an uncomplicated process. Simply launch the console and follow the wizard to add the new servers remotely, install RDS role, add firewall rules and reboot server when needed in just a few minutes. Further, Parallels RAS is fully interoperable with Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

  • Windows Server 2016 Ready

    Full support for Windows Server 2016 and the cloud integration improvements. Parallels RAS builds upon Windows Server 2016 with security and scalability improvements. Take advantage of this all-in-one solution that will save time and improve the experience for users and administrators alike while strengthening the network infrastructure.

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  • Installation and set up

    Installing and setting up a virtual desktop and application delivery solution with Microsoft RDS is lengthy and complex. It requires systems administrators to install and configure several different servers and server roles. Parallels RAS streamlines this process and turn the configuration process into a fast and pain-free experience.

  • Central Management

    While Microsoft RDS is divided across several different management components, Parallels RAS offers centralized console panel where changes can be made with user-friendly wizards. In contrast to RDS, Parallels RAS doesn’t require third-party solutions to achieve basic functions such as reporting and load balancing.

  • Client management

    Microsoft RDS solution doesn’t have centralized logging or client management solutions. This makes it difficult for systems administrators to troubleshoot non-user-related problems, have complete control of the end user terminal, and what the users can access. Parallels RAS remedies this problem by offering advanced remote controls where system administrators can easily take command and troubleshoot connection and network-related issues on any end user device.

  • Scaling Up

    To scale up Microsoft RDS infrastructure or configure load balancing and high availability features, systems administrators need to install and configure additional software components such as the Microsoft NLB and Microsoft Cluster. Parallels RAS is automatically loaded with features to help you scale up to meet your organization’s growing needs.

Parallels RAS Enhances:

  • The Process of Installing & Setting Up Your RDS Environment

  • Application Publishing and Delivery

  • End User Software Deployment

  • Virtual Desktop Publishing and VDI Solutions

  • Client Management & Helpdesk Support

  • Load Balancing, High Availability, and Scalability, Making It Look Easy

  • The Security of Your RDS Infrastructure

  • Your Microsoft® RDS Infrastructure

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Dale Hobbs / Manager, Network and Security System

LUSH was looking for a simple tool that could consolidate RDS and VDI while being cost-effective and easy to manage.

“Switching to Parallels Remote Application Server was simple, and significantly reduced our licensing and support costs.”