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Parallels RAS: A Streamlined
Remote Working Solution

• An all-in-one VDI solution for the seamless delivery of desktops
  and applications
• Easy to deploy, configure, and maintain
• Enhanced data security
• Outstanding user experience

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Employees can enjoy a local workspace-like experience using smartphones. Parallels RAS enables native touch gestures—such as swipe, drag, tap to click and, zoom-in—with any Windows application, making it easy to complete workloads. Moreover, With Samsung DeX, your mobile device can be transformed into a fully-fledged workstation.

Parallels RAS allows employees with Chromebooks to access Windows line-of-business (LOB) applications, desktops, and data seamlessly over any network—allowing them to work on the go - while at the same time improving security and reducing endpoint management and maintenance costs.

Whether your employees continue to work from home or return to the office gradually, Parallels RAS provides flexible and secure access to work files and applications. Employees can switch between different devices and pick up from where they left off. An employee could start working from home on a tablet, continue working on public transport to the office, and then carry on, on their work laptop or desktop. It’s possible to work on the go without losing any progress.

No matter what device is used, including tablets and smartphones, Parallels RAS provides simplified secure access to the digital workspaces required. Deploying Parallels RAS reduces the risk of data loss and malicious activity by using policies that limit access based on user, group permissions, locations and devices. In addition, Parallels RAS supports FIPS 140-2 encryption and multifactor authentication (MFA).

Desktops and applications can also be published from a remote PC. Parallels RAS can convert any Windows workstation, physical or virtual, on your infrastructure to a Remote PC without any additional hardware or licensing requirements. Organizations can switch from a typical office infrastructure style to either a completely remote work environment, or a hybrid – both from the office and remotely.

Not everyone working from home has access to a work laptop or tower, but instead, they have to use personal devices such as tablets and phones. For those working from home on their smartphones and tablets, Parallels RAS supports external mouse and keyboard integration, allowing employees to work as productively as if they were using a regular desktop computer.

What is Parallels RAS?

Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) is an all-in-one remote working solution that enables access to virtual applications and desktops on any device, anytime, anywhere.







Take advantage of the cloud with Parallels RAS! This comprehensive, cloud-ready VDI solution supports on-premises, hybrid, and public cloud deployments.
Moreover, it integrates with and extends Windows Virtual Desktop, enabling the unified deployment of all virtual resources from a centralised console.

Brilliant Mobile Experience

Transform any desktop application into a fully-fledged mobile app. IOS and Android native gestures - such as swipe, zoom in and tap to click - are instantly enabled, improving users' productivity while on the move.

Web Access - HTML5 Client

Parallels RAS enables web access to applications, data, and desktops from any HTML5 browser on a desktop or mobile device, from anywhere.

Secure And Simple

Reduce the risk of data loss and breaches by preventing access to applications and data based on location, device and configurable client policies. Parallels RAS helps organizations adhere to compliance policies, such as HIPAA and GDPR.

Resource Based Load Balancing

Ready to use out-of-the-box, Parallels RAS load balancing effectively distributes end user traffic and workloads across multiple gateways and RD session hosts, providing full redundancy and ensuring business continuity.

Flexible Deployment

Parallels RAS offers flexible cloud deployment models, allowing businesses to leverage different technologies while reducing total cost of ownership (TCO).

Universal Printing 

Allow users to print documents and forms from devices of choice; Windows, MacOS, Linux, IOS, Android, or HTML5 browsers, without having to install local drivers.
The minimum hardware requirements approved to run Parallels RAS are outlined below.

• Physical Machines – Dual Core Processor and a minimum of 4GB RAM.

• Virtual Machines – Two Virtual Processors and a minimum of 4GB of RAM.

• The server hardware requirements to install and configure Parallels RAS
    can vary according to end-user requirements.

• Typically for an installation of 30 users or under, Parallels RAS can be installed
    on one high specification server and the resources published directly from it.

• For more than 30 users, multiple servers may be required.
How to Publish Applications and Desktops.

Simply deploy and manage application and desktop delivery in a variety of environments, including the following:

• Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS).

• Vitual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).

• Remote PC.

• Mix and match different operating systems and technologies.

Parallels RAS single license model provides access to all capabilities, providing enterprise-range features such as application and desktop delivery with remote PC, RDSH and VDI, load balancing, multi-cloud ready, monitoring and reporting, FIPS 140-2 encryptions, and 24/7 customer support. It includes online licensing management, access to knowledge base and training materials.

As an all-in-one solution, Parallels RAS eliminates the complexity of evaluating which license best suits your business needs today and your future expansion plans.

Parallels RAS uses concurrent-user licensing. Users can establish any number of connections to Parallels RAS as long as the number of users simultaneously accessing Parallels RAS does not exceed the number of available licenses. Concurrent licensing is easier to administer as IT departments do not have to monitor usage as closely. An entire team can be empowered with only the number of licenses that are expected to be in use simultaneously—they will not require a license for every user.

• Consider the following examples:

• One user, one device, one connection — one license is needed.
• One user, one or multiple devices, multiple connections
  — one license is needed.

Multiple users, each establishing one or multiple connections — a license is needed for each user. When all licenses are used up, the next user will have to wait for one of the current users to log out from all sessions.

Licensing Parallels RAS with a prepaid subscription allows you to upgrade to a newer version whenever one becomes available.

• A subscription is purchased for a predefined period of time:
  either one year, two years, or three years.
• If a subscription is purchased online, it can be set to automatically renew
  when the subscription period ends by default.
• Subscriptions purchased through a reseller must be
  renewed through the reseller.
• Support is included in the cost of the subscription.

The Parallels RAS SPLA model is targeted to Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) who are already part of the Microsoft Service Provider License Agreement (SPLA) Program.

• A subscription is purchased for a predefined period of time:
  either one year, two years, or three years.
• It is licensed per peak number of concurrent users over a billing period.
• The data is automatically collected on a daily basis from each farm and is used
  to calculate the licensing cost at the end of a billing cycle.
• There are no upfront costs - you pay for licenses as you go, based on what
  you make available to your customers each billing period.
• When using SPLA you can activate multiple farms using a single license key,
  and track usage history for each farm in Parallels My Account.
• Access to latest product updates, knowledge base, training materials,
  and 24/7 customer support line.

By supporting sublicensing, Parallels RAS allows organizations to manage multiple independent keys while retaining centralized consumption information. Sublicenses allow an organization/service provider, for example, to provide company subsidiaries/customers with a Parallels RAS license for the number of users needed, and the license can be managed at any time. You can also use a sublicense for the activation of a test farm. A sublicense has its own license key used for activation and its own expiration date.