Microsoft App-V vs Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) comparison

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Pros
"The most interesting and powerful feature for us is the fact that we can upgrade any kind of app instantly."

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"The stability is ok - once I finished the setup, the system was quite stable.""You have the opportunity to virtualize applications in different locations. Everything is in one pane or one window, which is quite good."

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Cons
"The downside is that Microsoft bought this product and they are going to discontinue it in 2026. This is worrisome for us."

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"Sometimes you need to understand how to use load balancing and the gateway in order to scale, which means the team may need some additional technical knowledge.""From a seller's point of view, there are a lot of things that they could do better in the sales cycle."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Clients do not pay licensing fees."
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  • "It is not that high. It is in the medium range. Of course, it could be lower, but the price is not the issue."
  • "I don't like the subscription model because it feels like I have to pay every month. If Parallels could go back to the professional license, it would be much better."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most interesting and powerful feature for us is the fact that we can upgrade any kind of app instantly.
    Top Answer:The pricing of this product is competitive. Especially when it is bundled with Microsoft Office 365.
    Top Answer:The downside is that Microsoft bought this product and they are going to discontinue it in 2026. This is worrisome for us. I would like to see them continue to maintain the product. From my point of… more »
    Top Answer:Generally, it is a very good solution. The main thing that I would improve is their presence here in Mexico. They don't have strong local support here in Mexico. They should have a worldwide presence… more »
    Top Answer:The stability is ok - once I finished the setup, the system was quite stable.
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    Also Known As
    App-V, MS App-V
    Parallels RAS
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    Overview
    Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) enables you to make applications available to end users without installing the applications directly on end user computers. App-V transforms applications into centrally managed services that are never installed and don't conflict with other applications.
    ApplicationServer delivers applications, data and virtual desktops from a central location, providing continuous availability, resource-based load-balancing and complete network transparency.
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    Sample Customers
    The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), GDDKiA, P&V, Etisalat Lanka, Hellenic Petroleum
    Arsari Group _ PT Netmarks Indonesia, Izhevsk Elektromekhanicheskiy Zavod (IEMZ) _ Kupol, Abilene Diagnostic Clinic, Fylde Borough Council, YARSTROYREZE LLC, VSK Insurance House, Melenkovsky District of Vladimirskaya Oblast, Sofrigam SA, Antenna International, KingsGate Community Church, Norwegian American Hospital, Island Hotels Group, Medway Council, Medway Council, Voices of September 11th, MacDonald Training Center, Kansas Childrenês Service League, Scope,Next Generation Clubs, WTC Communications, Opera Australia, HSE Integrated, Danier, Bridgwater College, Kern County Mental Health, Tony Tiendas, Spears Manufacturing, Managed Insurance Services Inc., Intuitive Medical Software, M.J. Soffe, Mazda Motors, Israel Military Industries (IMI), Telfair, Upic Solutions, Teleflora, Fisher & Company
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Government7%
    REVIEWERS
    Government18%
    University18%
    Local Government9%
    Construction Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise63%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business45%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise45%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise58%
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    Microsoft App-V is ranked 2nd in Application Virtualization with 1 review while Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) is ranked 3rd in Application Virtualization with 2 reviews. Microsoft App-V is rated 9.0, while Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Microsoft App-V writes "Stable, scalable, easy to install, great support, and it upgrades and deploys apps easily". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) writes "Easy to install and use, scalable, and allows you to virtualize applications in different locations". Microsoft App-V is most compared with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, VMware ThinApp and Numecent, whereas Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) is most compared with Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, VMware Workstation, NVIDIA GRID and VMware Horizon Cloud.

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