Hardware as a Service: What It Is and Why You Need It

Hardware as a Service: What It Is and Why You Need It

Owning and managing technology, and keeping up with the latest developments, can be stressful and costly. Many enterprises have turned to the Hardware as a Service (HaaS) model to manage their technology needs. 

When an organization invests in a HaaS plan, they can access both the technology and the support needed to keep it functioning.

Below we look at what Hardware as a Service is and why it will make your life so much easier.

What is it?

HaaS is a service-based business model where an end-user pays for the use of hardware that belongs to and remains the responsibility of a managed service provider (MSP). It involves a service-level agreement where the service provider installs the hardware at the customer’s site and then takes responsibility for monitoring, managing, and maintaining the hardware systems. This can include both on-site and cloud-based services.

Customers are paying for both the use of the equipment as well as the services to maintain it.

The managed service provider will outfit their customer with appropriate technology like laptops, tablets, and desktop computers. They then provide essential services for the equipment like IT support, cloud-based storage, and hardware and software licensing. 

Why do you need it?

HaaS allows you to concentrate on growing your enterprise without worrying about the maintenance of your IT infrastructure. It also eliminates the stress and cost of regularly upgrading technology as this is taken care of by the service provider. This includes keeping the hardware functioning and up to date and ensuring that licencing agreements are current.

How will it make your life easier?

HaaS plans offer a budget-friendly alternative for organizations of any size, from small start-ups to large corporations. It frees up cash flow by reducing upfront capital expenses and lowering potential repair and maintenance costs. 

HaaS can also lead to savings on staffing costs, potentially eliminating the need for an in-house IT support team. With a fixed monthly fee agreement in place, budgeting becomes more manageable. This can even lead to increased productivity and profitability for your business, with less time and money wasted on hardware upkeep.

The proactive nature of a HaaS plan offers businesses operational reliability and peace of mind and is an excellent way for enterprises to stay current. You can rely on your managed service provider to ensure your technology is up to date and tested to keep your operations and vital data safe. The service provider will also take responsibility for licencing and security updates, back-ups, and recovery plans.

Finally, with built-in scalability, HaaS also helps your technology grow and change with your organizational needs.

Our HaaS Offerings

designDATA caters to your organization’s specific needs with modern solutions that keep your company on budget. We have recently upgraded our HaaS offering and are thrilled to offer five equipment profiles as well as upgrades and customization for each one. If you feel HaaS could be the right solution for you, get in touch with one of our HaaS experts today.

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Jonathan Roy is the Director of Security and Compliance and has been providing IT and cybersecurity services with designDATA since 2004. He has extensive experience in information technology best practices, the ITIL framework for running IT operations, and how to secure IT environments. Jonathan now focuses exclusively on cybersecurity, data privacy, and related regulatory compliances for his customers. He regularly works with business leaders on risk mitigation and avoidance, cybersecurity consulting, incident response and recovery, incident preparedness, and compliance audits. At designDATA, Jonathan leads the organization's cybersecurity mission: Protecting small- and medium-sized organizations from cyber-crime.