How HaaS will benefit your business
HaaS stands for Hardware as a Service. HaaS allows businesses the opportunity to pay a monthly fee to access ongoing technical support, hardware and other valuable IT related tools. By paying for the use of the hardware rather than purchasing it outright, businesses are able to save a significant amount of money. Furthermore, the burden of managing hardware systems no longer falls on an internal IT department, but instead on an outside team of professionals. Hardware maintenance and upgrades can consume a big sum of your business’ time and money. But with Hardware-as-a-Service (HaaS), a solution in which you pay a Managed Services Provider a subscription fee and let them take care of all your hardware-related issues, including upgrades, maintenance, and management, you can be sure of your hardware functionality and performance.
The specific details of each organization’s agreement would be worked out with their Managed IT Service Provider. Often times, the hardware is installed directly at the client’s business and routinely maintained by the Service Provider. The client would pay a monthly fee for the installation, ongoing use of the hardware, and monitoring and maintaining the equipment. “In other cases… the responsibility for housing the hardware falls on the IT provider, like in the case of large computer servers (business2community.com).
According to Techopedia.com, “Some of the most popular types of HaaS models are classified as cloud computing services, in which data storage media and even active computing hardware are components of a remotely provisioned service for users.”
The HaaS model allows small businesses to carefully manage their internal resources while getting access to the most up-to-date IT hardware for their business.
Here are a few benefits HaaS will bring to your business:
- Save money
The first reason is simple: money. For SMBs, cash flow is a crucial matter. By shifting to HaaS you can say goodbye to the tedious and costly process of having to buy all the hardware outright. By paying a monthly fee to a Managed Services Providers (MSPs), you can turn a big capital investment into a small, manageable operational expense that leaves you money for other urgent matters.
- Kiss out-of-date tech goodbye
Given limited financial resource, it’s not easy for SMEs to catch up with the latest technology. In a highly competitive business arena, you cannot win the game with your century old CPU while your competitors benefit from the latest technology. By using HaaS, your MSP has a responsibility to ensure that all of your hardware is capable of handling tasks efficiently, and they will achieve that through hardware upgrades and replacements.
- Better maintenance
Buying new hardware isn’t the end of everything. Like most things in life, hardware needs to be taken care of. And most of the time, SMEs lack the proper expertise, knowledge, or even time to maintain it. HaaS solves this problem by letting your MSP do all the hardware management for you.
- Better scalability for your business
As time progresses, your organization grows and changes, which means the needs for IT equipment changes too. HaaS solutions allow you to scale up or down as your business needs change so you don’t have to stick with unnecessary tools you no longer use.
- Improve security
When it comes to security, software isn’t the only thing that needs to be up to date — your hardware does too. HaaS makes it easy to update to newer hardware, which is crucial to ensure adequate security. For instance, if you need a more powerful backup and recovery solution, your MSP will help you obtain new equipment as needed.
- Get the Updates You Need
According to Searchitchannel.com, “A HaaS solution includes… timely upgrades to state-of-the-art technology. This eliminates a great deal of the buyer angst which so often accompanies IT purchases… HaaS is a great way to stay current with state-of-the-art technology specific to your industry and business goals and needs — from multifunction printers and copiers, to servers, computers, peripherals and more. No longer will you feel compelled to “try to make things work out” with outdated technology because of cost constraints.
Furthermore, HaaS has built in scalability. As your organization grows and changes, so do your technology needs. With HaaS you can integrate any number of new components, from one to many, all depending on your enterprise needs. In consultation with your MSP, together you decide what equipment is right for you. If the opposite occurs and for some reason your business contracts, you can even scale down with a HaaS solution and not be stuck owning unneeded appliances.”