Early in 2015, junior virtualiser Parallels acquired a remote application delivery company called 2X software. This week, 2X's assets have landed in the 15th and newest version of Parallels' Remote Application Server.
Combining the two products means Remote Application Server is now far better at delivering apps and desktops to fat clients or mobile devices. Integrated load balancing is another addition. There's also the usual tweaks: a prettier UI, more security (thanks to two-factor authentication) and enhanced Windows desktop management tools.
Parallels co-founder and president Jack Zubarev hopes that putting all that fun into one bundle gives his company a chance to chase customers who like the idea of application virtualisation but balk at the prospect of doing business with the likes of Citrix and VMware. Zubarev is betting ease-of-implementation, low infrastructure requirements and lower price tags will lure mid-market organisations.
This plan follows Parallels' exit from the server virtualisation business, which it plied primarily with service providers. Zubarev's still keen on the channel, which he thinks may also be interested in application-delivery-as-a-service powered by the new version of Remote Application Server.
Preferred use cases for the software, Zubarve said, are extending ERP into the field or delivering personal productivity applications wherever users may roam. ®