Parallels Remote Application Server

Parallels RAS empowers thousands of organizations to embrace digital transformation by making remote applications and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) delivery accessible and inexpensive.

Easy to Use, Flexible, and Secure

Parallels RAS is a cost-effective application delivery and VDI solution that allows your employees and customers to access and use applications, desktops, and data from any device. Easy to deploy, configure, and maintain, Parallels RAS provides organizations of any size with a seamless application delivery and VDI experience—while reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) and improving security.

Productive UX for Everyone

Parallels RAS Clients provide a high-performance, intuitive, and productive user experience on any device, including HTML5 browser, iOS, and Android, with a local-like experience regardless of the device, location, and connection. The Parallels RAS Console allows administrators to quickly deploy and efficiently manage the entire infrastructure from a single pane of glass.

Flexible Deployment

Parallels RAS supports on-premises, hybrid, and multi-cloud deployments, such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services™ (AWS). Enable your organization to be more agile with a flexible architecture that supports RDSH on Windows Server (2008, 2012, 2016 and 2019) and VDI with Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix Hypervisor, VMware ESXi, Nutanix Acropolis (AHV), Scale Computing HC3, and KVM.


Deploying Parallels RAS reduces the risk of data loss and malicious activity by preventing access to applications and data based on location, device, and configurable Client Policies. Moreover, Parallels RAS supports FIPS 140-2 encryption and multifactor authentication (MFA)—including Deepnet, SafeNet, RADIUS and Google Authenticator (TOTP)—enabling organizations to adhere to data compliance policies such as PCI DSS, HIPAA, and GDPR.

Key Technological Features

  • Effortless VDI
    Parallels RAS offers powerful, flexible, and easy-to-implement VDI. Provide access and a consistent experience to virtual desktops, applications, and virtual machines from any major hypervisor to any user on any device. The ability to flexibly manage virtual machine (VM) templates allows almost instant provision of virtual desktops or published applications to end users.
  • Automation with PowerShell API
    The Parallels RAS PowerShell API enables administrators to automate complex and repetitive tasks with PowerShell cmdlets with the corresponding parameters. IT administrators can automate provisioning of any Parallels RAS components from on-premises servers to cloud infrastructure (Microsoft Azure and AWS). Scriptable notifications allow IT staff to define PowerShell-based event handlers that react to the changes in a Parallels RAS deployment.
  • Auto-scaling
    Parallels RAS can dynamically create, remove, release, and load balance Windows Servers based on pre-defined criteria. Sudden load spikes can be easily managed without any manual action from IT staff.
  • Straightforward Management
    The Parallels RAS Console provides a single pane of glass for IT to easily manage and scale the complete infrastructure. Traffic light indicators provide instant snapshots on the health of each component. In addition, the web-based console (helpdesk) allows IT administrators to monitor the Parallels RAS infrastructure, perform tasks, and troubleshoot user sessions directly from any HTML5 browser.
  • Easy Migration
    Migration from third-party solutions such as Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, VMware Horizon, or Dell vWorkspace is easy, straightforward, and interruption-free for employees. Download Citrix XenApp Migration Tool.
  • Monitoring and Reporting
    The Parallels RAS monitoring and reporting service transforms raw data into visual reports that can show traffic and resource usage from Microsoft RDSH and VDI. In addition, administrators can create custom reports, improving day-to-day management activities.
  • Windows Server 2019 Support
    Parallels RAS leverages the advanced features of the Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS) 2019 and Hyper-V, such as publishing Microsoft Office 2019 and utilizing the strictly secure HSTS protocol for web access.
  • Automation with REST API
    Parallels RAS supports REST Application Program Interface (API) protocol, allowing organizations to streamline their web services by orchestrating Parallels RAS operations with their product ecosystem.
  • Parallels RAS Console Server Tools
    Parallels RAS enables instant access to a predefined set of management tools directly from the Parallels RAS Console, such as network utilities (Netstat/Telnet to and from hosts), Windows Service Management Console, reboot/shutdown actions, and more. Custom tools can also be deployed.
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