DHS to bundle virtual desktop, mobile services

October 25, 2011
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The Homeland Security Department will soon pilot a program to drive down the cost of its virtualized desktop and mobile services by bundling the two together into a single purchase, Roger Spires, DHS’ chief information officer, said Tuesday.

The program, which the department is calling “workplace as a service,” will be broken up into several packages, Spires said. Packages for some highly mobile employees will include laptop, smartphone and tablet components — all with a common set of applications, he said.

Spires was speaking at the American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg, Va.

The new service was contracted through CSC and Hewlett-Packard. It will be launched at the department’s headquarters in January 2012 and likely will expand to other DHS components later, Spires said.

via Nextgov, continued here.