RDP Browser-Based Remote Working and its Future

RDP Browser-Based Remote Working and its Future

IT managers everywhere are familiar with the pitfalls of managing remote workers. Historically they’ve had to rely on a sometimes-complicated mix of remote access solutions, which provided a gateway to terminal servers inside the business network. While a broader move to cloud-based delivery services has provided some simplification, it hasn’t fixed everything. One of the major drawbacks to these systems has been an inability to provide end-users with immediate access across many devices without software installations and configuration.

Adobe Flash Steps Aside 

A primary barrier to seamless remote working solutions limits presenting multimedia content via Adobe Flash in the browser. Security issues have plagued Flash, therefore making it an unsuitable platform for secured remote access. Over the last several years, however, Web platforms and websites have been migrating away from Flash. As of October 2016, there were only about 10 percent of the Alexa Top 10,000 websites still employing Flash.

As Flash usage has declined, the usage of the HTML5 standard for Web multimedia has increased. HTML5 has already demonstrated better security, more robust multimedia streaming capability and broader compatibility than Flash. Since the standard is supported by most modern browsers across the desktop and mobile ecosystem, it’s also opening a new avenue for remote working solutions.

HTML5 as a Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) Delivery Platform 

Businesses that leverage cloud-based application delivery platforms are still limited in their remote deployment options due to the need for client software installation to access the systems. Therefore, a separate client must be provided to end users for a variety of different devices to ensure broad compatibility. Client installations are also difficult or impossible for employees who travel and use shared computers or non-corporate issued devices.

HTML5 can solve many of these issues. Employing the advanced multimedia features that are native to HTML5, it’s now possible to use a browser-based RDP client which eliminates the need for software installation. The wide compatibility of HTML5 means that a single RDP client can support almost all devices. By utilizing an HTML5 RDP client connecting to a connection broker such as Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS), companies everywhere can now provide remote access to corporate applications and desktops directly in a web browser.

In this type of deployment, remote workers access their business portal, authenticate with their user credentials, and get to work. HTML5 RDP clients also provide support for native touch gestures, creating a functional environment based upon existing desktop applications.

The Time is Now

If your business is looking to simplify their remote working platform, or would like to add this kind of capability to become more productive, it’s never been easier. The Parallels RAS server delivers HTML5 access to desktops, applications, and business data straight into a modern Web browser. Visit the product page for more details, or try it out for yourself with a free online demo. A seamless remote access solution awaits.