Hardware-as-a-Service (HaaS) is a managed service similar to its more popular counterpart, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), a service provision model where software is purchased for a monthly subscription fee instead of the traditional “upfront” basis. HaaS, likewise, allows companies to pay monthly for hardware and hardware-related needs, such as maintenance, upgrades, and management.
This service model is especially advantageous for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). It allows SMBs like yours to leverage cutting-edge technology they normally cannot afford, without the need for the resources of larger companies. If you’re thinking of subscribing to a managed services provider for HaaS, here are other advantages to consider.
Manageable operating expenses for the latest technology and expert maintenance
You don’t need a large capital expense to purchase the next major upgrade for the hardware components of your IT infrastructure. With HaaS, upgrades become manageable operating expenses because cutting-edge equipment is made available by the provider for a monthly fee, freeing up your cash flow for more working capital.
You can say goodbye to costs associated with periodic upgrades. With HaaS, you won’t have to worry about server upgrades, for example.
The fixed monthly cost not only includes timely upgrades but also maintenance and upkeep. SMBs often lack the proper expertise, labor, and time to keep equipment in tip-top shape, so HaaS providers assign a team of hardware specialists to manage SMBs’ IT infrastructure.
This makes technology expenses easier to budget by reducing unpredictable mishaps like system crashes and equipment failure. With this expertise on hand, SMBs can expect a high level of service integrity and operational reliability, as well as the best operating practices for hardware.
Obsolete hardware is prone to failure and can be difficult to configure with new software. This can lead to long periods of downtime. Apart from the expertise on hand to help optimize hardware, replacements can be sourced without any delays or additional costs.
Scalability and flexibility
As your company grows and evolves, so do your IT needs. HaaS is a scalable solution that allows SMBs the ease to add or decommission hardware as business grows or contracts. This protects an SMB from being stuck with unneeded hardware whose upkeep may drain the budget.
Besides software, hardware is also integral to network security and needs to be updated with the latest defenses and security patches. HaaS providers make this process easy. They take the trouble out of your hands and update hardware for you so it’s protected from cyberthreats. Think Wi-Fi routers that need upgrades to prevent infiltration by hackers. You can also scale up your hardware to increase your SMB’s overall security measures with, for example, more sophisticated equipment for a better backup and disaster recovery plan.
If you own an SMB, consider HaaS as part of your technology road map. If you’re still unsure of your business needs and strategic technology plan, talk to us at Netquest. We can help come up with the most cost-efficient solution.
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