UPDATE: Please note: "2X RAS" now known as "Parallels Remote Application Server". More details here: http://www.parallels.com/au/products/ras/remote-application-server/)
So your employees want to work from anywhere on any device, reliably and securely. One of the obvious options is using Remote Desktops or Application Virtualisation -- that is, centralise the compute power and deliver the application via a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) to the users’ device. This is becoming more accessible and cost effective now thanks to Cloud computing.
Application virtualisation technologies such as Citrix XenApp, offer many benefits when it comes to managing your application environment. Better security, work-from-anywhere, reduced management cost, and the support for BYO Devices for employees to name a few. Also, by having your applications centralised you can also handle software updates more easily, and ensure a consistent user experience. On the other hand, it also fundamentally changes how you approach infrastructure and end user support, and introduces some challenges you may not have otherwise faced.
In this article, we investigate Parallels 2X RAS as an alternative to Citrix XenApp for Cloud Application Delivery in AWS.