SAIC and Hitachi Data Systems Federal to Deliver Virtual Desktop Infrastructure as a Service

Desktop-as-a-Service Solution to Reduce Expenditures and Optimize Operations of Government Agencies

MCLEAN, Va. — Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAIC) and Hitachi Data Systems Federal Corporation (HDS Federal) today announced a strategic alliance to help develop and deliver a desktop-as-a-service (DTaaS) solution that optimizes operations, lowers costs, and increases service performance levels for government agencies.  

"SAIC's extensive past performance, understanding of security best practices and the government marketplace and requirements; combined with the unique HDS Federal server and storage platform, enables a holistic DTaaS solution that saves agencies crucial IT dollars in these uncertain economic times," said Charles Onstott, SAIC vice president of Cloud, Cyber and Data Science services. "SAIC chooses strategic alliances with industry leaders that complement and enhance the services and solutions we provide to our customers, and the SAIC HDS Federal DTaaS solution is well suited to integrate with existing government agency IT and security frameworks."

Additionally the joint offering complies with government desktop standards, such as the Federal Desktop Core Configuration and the National Institute of Science and Technology's United States Government Configuration Baseline. The joint DTaaS solution capabilities help support agency telework and continuity of operations policies, remote and field workers, and enhanced security through centralized control of desktop configuration and patching. DTaaS is designed be accessed securely from any location, any time, and on any device, providing a safe, compliant desktop capability for today's mobile workforce that is also straightforward to manage.

"HDS Federal prides itself on selecting the most qualified companies to develop and implement mission-enabling solutions for our government customers," said Mike Tanner, president and CEO, HDS Federal. "Our scalable and expansive storage virtualization capabilities can allow us to deliver 24/7/365 virtual desktop environments so that our government customers can meet their missions."

DTaaS is a computing model that provides an end-user experience that is functionally equivalent to a traditional PC desktop, but is delivered on server-class infrastructure from enterprise data centers; it also allows rapid deployment of emerging and extended capabilities, including support for mobile computing and for users who bring their own devices. The model has all the safeguards and advanced management features traditionally available only with servers. The system is immensely scalable, enabling consistent management of hundreds or thousands of virtual single-user operating systems.

Government agencies that deploy DTaaS can reduce operating and capital expenditures, alter their IT spending mix towards operational expense and away from capital expense, and consolidate maintenance and support of their desktop environments.

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About SAIC

SAIC is a leading technology integrator providing full life-cycle services and solutions in the technical, engineering, and enterprise information technology markets. SAIC's deep domain knowledge and customer relationships enable the delivery of systems engineering and integration offerings for large, complex government and commercial projects. SAIC's approximately 14,000 employees serve customers in the U.S. federal government, state/local, and global commercial markets, specializing in providing a broad range of higher-end, differentiated technical capabilities. Headquartered in McLean, Va., SAIC has annual revenues of about $4 billion. For more information, visit

About HDS Federal

In April 2013, HDS Federal was established as a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Data Systems to focus on serving the IT needs of the U.S. federal government. HDS Federal leverages industry-leading virtualization and cloud solutions to help U.S. government agencies meet the requirements of the initiatives quicker and with greater use of their existing IT infrastructure. Federal agencies use HDS Federal's scalable solutions to reduce the complexity and increase the efficiency of U.S. government data center initiatives, cloud services, big data analytics, and more. HDS Federal Corporation is headquartered in Reston, Virginia. For more information, please visit:

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Contact: SAIC, Lauren Darson, Media Relations Specialist,, 703.676.8982; HDS Federal, Danielle Sloan,, 703-787- 2902

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