Is hardware as a service the right move for your company? Every company needs hardware to operate in the modern era. You’re going to need things like desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets, printers, or possibly even servers. Without this critical hardware, your employees wouldn’t be able to do their jobs and your company wouldn’t have the technology necessary to stay competitive in your industry.
The problem is that procuring hardware can be both difficult and expensive. You need to make sure that these devices are suitable for your business’s needs, functional and operational, and most importantly, purchased within budget.
This can be a difficult juggling act, but it’s much easier when you use hardware as a service.
Hardware as a service (HaaS) is a way of making hardware available to various businesses as if it was a service provided. Instead of buying each piece of equipment individually, or as part of a package, you can sign a contract to get access to every piece of hardware your business needs.
You’ll be granted these pieces of hardware, for free ongoing use, and in exchange, you’ll pay a regular subscription fee. Additionally, if a piece of hardware breaks or needs replacing, your contract will offer provisions to make that happen.
The hardware as a service business model is similar to leasing.
We offer three main types of hardware as a service packages:
- Data network connectivity. In the data network connectivity package, you’ll get all the hardware, firmware, installation, service, and maintenance you need to remain connected within your network. This package includes firewall protection, a 16 port PoE, and regular vulnerability scans for your network to keep your business safe.
- Voice and video communications. In the voice and video communications package, you’ll get hardware, software, installation, service, and maintenance for all the telecommunications you need. You’ll get IP class telephones and more than 100 customizable options and features.
- Building security. Hardware as a service isn’t just for your information technology (IT). In this package, we offer all the hardware you need to establish 24/7 protection of your physical building, including alarms, cameras, and monitoring software. You’ll also get an access control system, Bluetooth readers for doors, ongoing video surveillance, and intrusion detection systems.
The hardware as a service business model is designed to be advantageous to both the businesses that offer them and the businesses that accept them. HaaS providers make money by collecting subscription fees on a regular basis. Customers save money because they no longer have to buy their own hardware, deal with depreciation, or pay for maintenance and repairs.
Before you begin using hardware as a service, you’ll need to sign a hardware as a service agreement. This is a legal contract between you and your service provider, outlining the terms of service and what you’re going to pay for the arrangement. Be sure to review this document thoroughly so you know exactly what you’re getting.
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Hardware as a service takes many forms. If you need a piece of hardware for anything related to your business, there’s a hardware as a service package that can help you.
HaaS is commonly used to get access to desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets, copiers, printers, network servers, and security hardware like Bluetooth scanners and monitoring cameras.
HaaS service packages are also relevant to a wide range of different industries, including pharmaceutical, education, healthcare, manufacturing, government, IT, and security.
These are some of the greatest benefits of hardware as a service:
- Inexpensiveness. Compared to the cost of buying all your own hardware, hardware as a service is inexpensive. You’ll likely save money in the long run.
- Convenience. Hardware as a service allows you to tackle all your hardware needs as a business in one place, oftentimes with one package. It simplifies the hardware procurement process and saves you time.
- Proactive planning. Together with your hardware as a service provider, you can make a plan for what your company needs and how it’s going to grow in the future.
- Dedicated support. If anything goes wrong with your hardware, or if a piece of technology is in need of repair, your service provider will help you.
- Higher security. Relying on hardware as a service can give you access to better technology, which can keep the physical and digital sides of your business secure.
- Flexibility. Hardware as a service is known for its flexibility, so you can get access to only the technologies you need.
- Scalability. HaaS is also highly scalable. As your business grows, you can keep expanding your packages and spending to get access to the new things you need.
While there are numerous benefits of HaaS, there are some limitations you should keep in mind:
- Internet reliance. Many technologies and services available through this model are going to rely on internet access to function properly. You need to have consistent internet access to make HaaS work.
- Feasibility for small firms. If you only have a few employees, or if your business doesn’t have a large budget for hardware, this model may not be ideal. However, your business would have to be very small for the cost of hardware to be less than the cost of HaaS.
So is hardware as a service worth it? For many businesses, the answer is yes. In exchange for a relatively small ongoing fee, you’ll get access to all the hardware, software, and support you need to operate efficiently—and you can completely eliminate extra costs like maintenance in the process. Still, this arrangement isn’t perfect for every business, so run the numbers before you make a final decision.
Do you need more flexibility and scalability in your hardware system? Are you ready to get started with a hardware as a service plan? Contact us for more information!