DMS iTech has some tricks up our sleeve for 2019 and beyond, beginning with a new website we plan on launching soon as well as officially offering what’s known as Hardware as a Service (or HaaS). In the next few blog articles, we’re going to delve into the benefits of Hardware as a Service, dedicating each blog to a successive benefit – for right now, however, let’s break down the basics of HaaS and then take a look at the concept’s primary advantage.
Hardware as a Service is a service provision model for hardware that is defined differently in managed services and grid computing contexts; in managed services, HaaS is similar to licensing and in grid computing it’s a pay-as-you-go model. To gain a better understanding of what we’re talking about here, consider HaaS’ counterpart in software: The Software as a Service concept. Just a few years ago, the vast majority of companies paid for all of their software on an “up-front” basis (i.e. 100 copies/licenses of a software product at X number of dollars each). Today, a lot of software is instead purchased on the SaaS model – instead of buying software outright, businesses pay a monthly subscription fee to use it.
What does this gain? Usually, it allows companies to use the most up-to-date version of a product.
It’s no surprise then, when taking this into account, that Hardware as a Service has become a trend, too. Companies are becoming used to paying monthly for more and more of their IT provision – so why not extend this to hardware?
For its part, DMS iTech is offering the following Hardware as a Service:
- Access points
- Thin clients
Let’s now take a closer look at what we consider to be the primary benefit of Hardware as a Service.
Reduced Capital Expense: Saving You Money
Imagine not having to spend a ton of money up front for your next major network upgrade…sound like an impossible task? Hardware as a Service brings with it the financial benefit of converting a large capital expense into a more manageable operating one, and this can free up your cash flow while providing more working capital – absolutely critical for many organizations.
A fixed monthly cost also brings with it the realization of making technology expenses feasible. Case in point: HaaS takes away the unpredictability factor involved with upkeep and maintenance, and if your own MSP brings a proactive service approach – and they should – then they have a vested interest in maintaining an efficient and productive network.
DMS iTech will be continuing to evolve its HaaS offerings in this new year, so keep your eyes peeled for our revamped website, going live soon, as well as the next blogs on Hardware as a Service.