The idea of a Hardware as a Service (HAAS) model has been gaining traction with organizations in recent years. As Software as a Service has become a staple for many organizations, many have looked into how they can benefit from a similar model when it comes to hardware such as servers, workstations, laptops, firewalls, etc. We discussed a little bit about HAAS in our recent webinar. Watch the entire video here:
HAAS can be looked at similarly to leasing. Your organization goes into an agreement with the HAAS provider that for a period of time you will pay a set amount monthly for equipment. At the end of the agreement, if your organization wishes to continue with the HAAS model, the equipment is often upgraded at no additional cost to you.
With the HAAS model you can avoid large capital expenditures that hardware creates and instead have a fixed monthly cost. This keeps you from having to shell out large amounts of money every time you need a replacement or need something fixed. While every HAAS agreement is going to be unique, you can discuss including maintenance, disaster recovery, and security into your monthly cost to avoid any more surprise costs accruing.
When does HAAS make sense?
For anyone who wants to free up capital expenditures to use at a more operational level HAAS may make sense. It also is ideal for an organization that is growing as you can plan for a monthly cost associated with each new team member (such as a workstation) or each upgrade to a larger firewall or server. HAAS is also great for an organization that plans to upgrade equipment every set number of years, which is highly recommended for optimal performance.
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