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Parallels RAS

Parallels RAS

Parallels RAS (Remote Application Server) enables university IT to securely deploy Windows apps and desktops to any device, including non-Windows OS, on and off campus.

AppsAnywhere seamlessly integrates with Parallels RAS to enable students and faculty to access their Windows apps on any device, anywhere. Parallels' next-generation RDS-like technology supports Windows apps as well as the delivery of virtual desktops, at a fraction of the cost of traditional VDI solutions.


Parallels RAS made it simple for our IT department to give students and faculty access to the applications they need... In addition to being cost-effective, its ease-of-use increased student productivity while reducing our IT help desk support requests.

Jim Macura, Project Manager at Durham University

What is Parallels RAS?

With AppsAnywhere and Parallels RAS, software can be deployed using either the native Parallels Client (available for Windows OS, macOS, iOS, Android, Chrome OS and Linux platforms) or using the Parallels HTML5 Client: delivering the software directly into any compatible browser. 

In this short video, Software2 CEO Tony Austwick explains how Parallels RAS and AppsAnywhere enables university or college IT to deliver Windows apps to students and staff using managed and personal non-Windows devices:

AppsAnywhere seamlessly integrates with Parallels RAS

Seamless integration.

AppsAnywhere's out-of-the-box integration with Parallels RAS makes it easy for students to launch both apps and desktops at the touch of a button, regardless of the device they're using. And thanks to Unified Application Delivery, Parallels RAS apps appear right alongside installed apps, virtualized software (Cloudpaging), SaaS apps, external websites and SCCM/App-V titles, too.

Launch Windows apps from browsers with Parallels RAS HTML5 Client

Access and run apps from any browser.

Thanks to the Parallels HTML5 client, students can access, launch and use apps within any compatible HTML5 browser. This enables IT to make the university's Windows apps available on devices including Chromebooks. AppsAnywhere can also deploy apps using the Parallels Clients available for macOS, iOS, Android and other leading platforms.

Deploy any Windows app to any device and any OS

Make your campus secure and mobile.

Deliver Windows apps and desktops anywhere on and off campus, all from within a secure and locked-down environment. Thanks to AppsAnywhere, students have a consistent point of access regardless of the device they're using. And for IT admins, our Parallels RAS integration means you can make software updates during term time, all while protecting university or on-campus data with encryption protocols and advanced filtering.

Package apps once, deploy to any device

Package once, deploy anywhere.

By taking advantage of AppsAnywhere's integrations with both Parallels RAS and Cloudpaging, IT admins only need to package the university's Windows apps once. These packages can then be deployed natively to Windows devices, or through Parallels RAS to any non-Windows device like macOS and Chromebooks. When an app needs to be updated in the future, it only needs to be repackaged once!

Support any device with Parallels RAS and AppsAnywhere

Support any device and embrace BYOD.

The Parallels Client is available for all leading desktop and mobile operating systems, enabling users to run any Windows app on any device. Confidently make the move to site-wide BYOD by knowing all your end-users and use cases will be supported. AppsAnywhere's integration also extends to Parallels Client detection and installation for new users.

Delivering apps to over 20,000 students and staff at Durham University

After looking to improve the student experience by making Windows apps available across campus, Durham University chose AppsAnywhere, Parallels RAS and Numecent Cloudpaging. This solution allows the university to securely deploy apps to any device, with a single point of access for students, faculty and IT.

In the video below, Durham University's IT Department Project Manager Jim Macura explains how the university have improved student and faculty productivity while reducing support requests from the IT help desk...

See also: Jim Macura's full presentation about flexible remote access >

Deliver software to any device and any OS with Parallels RAS

Key benefits of Parallels RAS for Higher Education

  1. Make Windows apps available on any device
  2. Deliver apps and desktops with no need for add-ons
    (e.g. universal printer redirection, resource-based load balancing)
  3. Improve the student experience with on-demand access from any device, anywhere
  4. Protect student and staff data with encryption protocols and advanced filtering
  5. ... all at a fraction of the cost of VDI solutions

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