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Unisys Corporation (UIS - Analyst Report) added a new solution to its portfolio of Unisys Workspace Services which offers cost reduction and enhanced flexibility to information technology ("IT") organizations. Through this solution, firms could obtain cloud-based access to the complete set of business applications and services that they need.

The new Unisys Desktop as a Service solution integrates its services and technology into the VMware Horizon architecture, thus doing away with the need to purchase and maintain expensive desktop infrastructure and software licenses.

IT firms can instead buy resources for each virtual desktop from a cloud-based catalog that offers hosted applications and support services that are usually available for traditional desktops. Virtual desktops can thus be tailored to the job profile of individual end users, which they can access from any device – tablets, smartphones or laptops. Even IT staff can make use of the catalog in order to access Unisys managed services to maintain and monitor the virtual desktop.

Unisys Desktop as a Service can be customized to suit the client's specific requirements, and can be hosted and managed in a VMware or Unisys data center, or on-premises at a client site.

Development and maintenance of virtual desktop images and patching and monitoring of virtual desktop instances are provided as built-in services. For enhanced security, clients can opt for services like encryption of stored data – also known as data at rest – and anti-malware services. Unisys Desktop as a Service clients can also profit from optional Unisys assessment, migration, transformation and mobile environment management services, which complement Unisys’ new cloud-based solution.

The Unisys Desktop as a Service solution has been built to the U.S. government Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program (FedRAMP) security standard for cloud-based products and services. The company is seeking FedRAMP certification for key North American data centers.

Through this solution, Unisys provides wide-ranging managed services, global end-user support and enhanced security. It offers a cost-efficient means to build and manage an infrastructure that provides end users with easy access to a standardized but flexible range of software resources.

Unisys currently has a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). Better-ranked stocks in the information technology services industry that look promising include GTT Communications, Inc. (GTT - Snapshot Report), Luxoft Holding, Inc. (LXFT - Snapshot Report) and Barracuda Networks, Inc. (CUDA - Snapshot Report). While GTT and Luxoft carry a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Barracuda sports a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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