“Anywhere, any-device” access is the new mantra being sung these days by any respectable mobile-first, cloud-based software application company. News of Parallels’ Remote Application Server for providing a competitive option to Citrix XenApp, VMWare Horizon, among others, wasn’t all that surprising but nevertheless very refreshing to hear.
The company has been a global leader in virtualizing the Windows operating system on Apple Macintosh computers.
Accessing Windows Apps
Parallels Remote Application Server v15 is being touted as the easiest and most cost-effective solution for both small and large businesses, delivering Windows applications and desktops to employees on any device, anywhere in the world.
The solution takes hours and days to setup for IT admins, not days and weeks. For the end-user, Parallels touts these primary benefits:
- Eliminates the need for IT admins to manually setup each device
- Enables seamless support for devices, including PC, Mac, Chromebook, Linux, iOS, Android and Raspberry Pi
- Transforms devices into “thin terminals,” extending the hardware life and saving money
- Integrates powerful and intuitive Apple iOS and Google Android clients from Parallels Access, enabling employees to use familiar touch and gestures on their tablets and phones with applications from Windows XP to Windows 10.
Other Key Features in V15
- Redesigned user-friendly HTML5 client improvement uses browser based access, enabling end users to copy and paste between applications and change passwords
- Three new wizards help with setup for IT admins
- Chrome OS Client updates that support Microsoft RemoteFX® and peripheral redirection to offer a high-end graphics application delivery
- Enhanced security setups on Windows, Mac, and Linux clients.
“Parallels Remote Application Server v15 offers the easiest desktop and application delivery solution for corporate IT departments, ISVs and MSPs,” said Jack Zubarev, Parallels president. “Reducing complexity and costs from the delivery of any applications to employees on any devices was our goal for this v15 release.”
“High-quality cross-platform support is the number one benefit of the switch from Citrix® to Parallels Remote Application Server. Now, with the efforts of W.S. Badcock network engineers like Michael Buckley, we are able to efficiently deliver desktops and applications to Linux, Macintosh® and Windows devices with ease,” said Todd Zacharias, W.S. Badcock Corp. manager of IT network systems.