What is HaaS?
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, such as Maine Technology Group.
According to business2community.com, “One of the most significant costs for small businesses, especially in the startup phase, is the cost of IT equipment. Essential hardware like computers, servers, and other necessary network peripherals (i.e., firewalls, switches and routers) require a substantial upfront investment and the expense of ongoing maintenance. Many small businesses are shocked to find that they have not properly budgeted for the hardware on which their day-to-day operations rely.”
How Does HaaS Work?
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.
How Can a HaaS Model Benefit a Maine Business?
Among some of the biggest benefits to implementing HaaS, are access to a team of IT experts, scalability and better security.
Replacing Outdated Hardware: a huge benefit to implementing a HaaS model is not having to deal with updating broken hardware, replacing outdated systems or decommissioning equipment full of sensitive data. By outsourcing your organizations’ hardware to a Service Provider like Maine Technology Group, you’re able to have total peace-of-mind that your business is using the most up-to-date equipment. In the event that something breaks, MTG will safely get rid of all unusable equipment containing any proprietary information.
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.”
Get Better Security with HaaS: “When it comes to IT hardware and security, new is often better… With HaaS, it is easy upgrade to the latest hardware if it is necessary for security reasons…Whatever your network security needs, HaaS can be a key part of the solution” (whymeridian.com).
Maine Technology Group will work with your company to ensure all of your IT and hardware needs are being met each month. By working with our team to implement a HaaS model for your business, you’ll have the opportunity to save money and time and eliminate the stress associated with managing complex IT systems internally. We’ll ensure your HaaS system works exactly how you need it to. Contact us today to learn more.