What is Hardware as a Service?

You’ve probably heard terms like Software as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service, but have you heard of Hardware as a Service? Hardware as a Service, perhaps better known as HaaS, is a relatively new concept.  

What is Hardware as a Service? Hardware as a Service is a procurement model similar to leasing or licencing. HaaS is a business model where companies sell packages often including hardware, software, maintenance, and installation for a monthly or yearly subscription fee.  

Hardware as a Service is very similar to Software as a Service, in that you pay a monthly or yearly subscription for the service you’re receiving. Where HaaS is concerned, the service you’re receiving is the providing of reliable business hardware (PCs, laptops, mobile phones, and servers to give a few examples) and everything you need to make use of them: software, maintenance, and installation.  

In this blog post, we’ll explain the benefits of Hardware as a Service and then you can consider whether this procurement model is a good option for your business!  

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The benefits of Hardware as a Service

There are numerous notable benefits of Hardware as a Service, such as:

  • Low upfront costs
  • No maintenance fees
  • No expense every few years to replace all your equipment
  • Easier scaling

Here are each of these benefits explained in more detail.

Low upfront costs

One of the most notable benefits of Hardware as a Service is the low upfront costs. With HaaS, you pay a monthly (or yearly) subscription fee for your hardware and everything else that is bundled in with it. This means the upfront costs are minimal, with perhaps an installation or admin fee depending on the specifics of your contract and requirements.

With low upfront costs, your business can invest in top-quality hardware without having to purchase anything upfront. This opens a world of possibilities because you can have the equipment that you really need and want without having to pluck the money out of thin air.

No maintenance fees

In most cases, a Hardware as a Service package will include maintenance. So, if you have any problems with the hardware you’re paying for, the provider will handle the maintenance for you. This is beneficial in numerous ways.

First and foremost, you don’t need your own maintenance team because your provider handles it for you. Secondly, you don’t have any surprise maintenance bills if something suddenly goes wrong with your hardware. You pay a fixed monthly fee. Isn’t that what every business wants?

No expense every few years to replace all your equipment

One of the biggest benefits of Hardware as a Service is that your provider is responsible for ensuring that your hardware can handle tasks efficiently. But what does that actually mean? Well, if your hardware is no longer meeting your requirements, your provider will replace it as part of your agreement.

It’s sufficient to say that it’s difficult for smaller businesses with fewer finances to keep up with larger businesses where technology is concerned. The expense of replacing all your hardware every few years just isn’t worth thinking about. However, with HaaS, your equipment will be kept up to date and replaced as needed by your provider.

Easier scaling

As your business grows, your IT network needs to grow with you. Using a Hardware as a Service solution means that your IT network will grow with your business without the significant costs associated with outright buying and installing new hardware. Need a new computer? Your provider can procure and set that up for you, with little upfront cost.

Scaling is so much easier when you have a HaaS provider to look after all your technological needs for you. If you’d like to find out more about how Optionbox Networks can help you, please click here to get in touch and speak to one of our friendly team.

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