Parallels RAS extends and simplifies the capabilities of Azure Virtual Desktop by integrating and managing all workloads and resources from a central point—the Parallels RAS Console. IT administrators can streamline, provision and manage Azure Virtual Desktop workloads and components via wizards. Integrate Parallels RAS deployments with Azure Virtual Desktop, delivering a single solution to end-users.
Parallels RAS provides more efficient and streamlined delivery for virtual apps and desktops with more than 130 built-in automated optimization capabilities. Administrators may leverage different pre-configured optimizations for VDI, RDSH or Azure Virtual Desktop workloads depending on the server type, and use pre-configured scripts, including those from third-party tools, saving time in optimizing images.
Parallels RAS provides the ability to deploy clones from templates to the local disks of multiple independent Microsoft Hyper-V hosts, rather than only using centrally shared storage such as SAN. Benefits include reduced need for complex configurations, the ability to maintain a single template for use with multiple providers and faster disk access.
Parallels RAS supports the provisioning of VDI and Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) workloads directly on Microsoft Azure as a VDI platform. This allows organizations to create, scale and manage required workloads on demand directly on Microsoft Azure, rendering faster deployments, simplifying management and reducing costs. Auto-provisioning and auto-scaling of workloads can ensure the right balance between resources’ availability and compute cost when running on Microsoft Azure.
Admins can set a preconfigured number of VMs to be created based on a RAS template to make sure that enough VDI instances are available for users, ready to accept users’ connections and reduce login times. IT can define an alive timer, which states how long the VM stays on the server before being deleted. After the predefined time expires, the VM is deleted from the infrastructure, freeing the storage space that was reserved for it.
VM pools offer administrators more flexibility when managing a vast number of guest VMs. IT administrators can set multiple pools based on guest VMs from specific RAS templates and provide access to different user groups. Each group can have a virtual desktop template with specific requirements, such as document-processing tools for finance or image-processing tools for creative, simplifying account management on the IT side.
Parallels RAS offers two types of VDI options: persistent and non-persistent, providing flexibility for organizations to choose the model that fits their requirements.