Unisys Corp. announced Unisys Workspace as a Service, a range of advisory and cloud-based services for desktop virtualization. The Unisys offerings are designed to enable enterprises to define and build a standardized, cloud-based desktop virtualization infrastructure based on EMC VSPEX and other leading virtualization architectures.

Companies can manage that infrastructure with help from Unisys or on their own to deliver consistent cloud, mobile device and application performance. Recent Unisys-sponsored research shows that 43 percent of information workers rely on three or more devices to get work done, and many of these are self-purchased. In addition, nearly 40 percent use unsupported "bring your own" applications or cloud services.

If uncontrolled and lacking a solid hosting infrastructure, Unisys says, a burgeoning bring-your-own environment can lead to inadequate delivery of support services, potential security breaches and unnecessary cost.

"The end-to-end approach we take to desktop virtualization empowers clients to impose order on a potentially chaotic IT environment," Dan Huberty, CTO, Unisys Global Managed Services, said in a statement. "Unisys Workspace as a Service solutions start with end-user requirements and are designed to work compatibly with other cloud and enterprise data center offerings.”

As a result, Huberty says, this can give organizations flexibility in their choice of cloud infrastructure models, greater consistency in end-user experience, enhanced information security and reduced infrastructure management and end user support costs.

Among the Unisys Workspace as a Service offerings are advisory services to help companies identify how desktop virtualization can address specific end user computing challenges; solution design services, including integration of existing resources; deployment and migration services to provide an orderly way to transition users from their current environment to managed services; virtual desktop end user management services and desktop virtualization infrastructure management.

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