Why 2X Remote Application Server is the Best Solution for Flexible Working and Remote Access

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Many of us are heading off on our summer holidays, but what happens if you do need to work and can’t access your applications and files?  Here 2X CTO, Paul Gafa writes about the very different experiences he and his wife had with remote access during their recent holiday…

Recently my wife and I went on a short holiday with our young child. We agreed to work a couple of hours each day since we both manage teams of people and know if we don’t process our daily emails after a week our Inbox lists would be endless!

My wife works for a pharmaceutical company and is provided with a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection to access any documents they have at the office. I also use a VPN connection for the same reason but I can also connect to my office desktop from 2X Remote Application Server. This is my preferred way to work as my tools are already installed there and I can access all our testing labs.

The hotel we were staying in provided a Wi-Fi connection from anywhere so it was easy for me to use my Windows Netbook or Android tablet. My wife used a Windows laptop and a Blackberry mobile. Security is very important for both of us especially since we are connecting from a public network.

When we first connected neither of the VPNs were working as the networks we were using had some content filtering. I tried a few connections and noted that connections not using port 80 or 443 were being dropped.

Luckily I could connect to my office over the 2X Secure proxy gateway. The connection goes on port 443 and uses a Secure Sockets Layer with a 4096 bit RSA key. I did not experience any speed problems and I was deploying my development tools, testing our applications and connecting to our testing labs as if I was in my office. During my stay the connection dropped only once and I was reconnected in two seconds.

My wife was not so lucky, her IT department is not that flexible and to approve any changes would take weeks. The VPN was the only way of connecting to the office apart from the email server. She expected something like this might happen so she brought some documents she was working on with her. To add insult to injury the BlackBerry also had some problems with browsing sometimes working and sometimes not.

2X ApplicationServer is a better solution for two reasons. Your connection is very unlikely to be blocked and since you truly benefit from a real virtual office no data ever leaves your office so nothing is compromised if your devices are lost or stolen.

Thank God it’s 2X Remote Application Server!

Giorgio Bonuccelli is a Marketing and Communications Director at Parallels. Giorgio has extensive experience in cloud computing and virtualization, with a background of many years in multinational corporations (Dell, EMC and McAfee). In his career he has filled different roles, from sales to training and marketing. This wide-ranging experience and flexibility helps him simplify concepts and write content that is easy to read and understandable even by newcomers to the subject. As a blogger and technical writer he has published more than 1000 papers.

  • Dave

    We’ve used 2x for approximately five years now. The latest version, 2x ApplicationServer XG, marries the two previous products called 2x ThinClientServer and 2x Application Server. The application publishing piece in XG works as before but I must express complete disappointment with the Thin Client end of the application. 2x must have stripped out many of the original drivers because almost none of the Thin Clients we have tried work with the new system. The ONLY thin client that we have which works on XG are Dell Optiplex FX160 models and then only if we use the VGA output – the digital video output doesn’t seem to work. I got a brand new Wyse to boot but it comes up in 640 x 480 resolution (or something really low like that). Several other models without upgradeable RAM are obsoleted with the new, larger 2x OS. Two brand new HP models don’t seem to work either – t510 & t610 – maybe I’ll stumble upon a working configuration but there’s no guarantee and 2x does not publish any documentation for specifically tested and “certified” models of thin client hardware. Back in the day, we could convert an old Pentium processor PC with as little as 128 MB of RAM and PXE boot – we still have a few computers as old as 13 years or more running on the old 2x system but no such luck with the new system. Good luck finding anything that will work. You might find yourself pigeonholed into a specific 2x partner’s equipment (such as 10zig). Only time will tell if this new “XG” will support almost any equipment like the old system did . . . right now, the hunt continues for reasonably priced replacements for our obsoleted equipment.

  • Gino

    Hi Dave,

    Thank you for your comment and feedback, which is always appreciated.

    We always value the feedback and experience of our customers and I am pretty sure a solution can and will be found as for your problem. I noticed you opened a support ticket already and we will get back to you on this matter accordingly.
    The product and the implementation of the new feature has just been launched so any feedback whatsoever is welcome and as I just said above, we will do our best to assist anyone with such queries or issues.
    However please note that with regards to the list it is a bit impossible to make everyone happy. We cannot possibly test everything and I am sure you understand that.

    Let’s keep communication alive on our ticket so we investigate this further.

    Many thanks and kind regards,