Is Your Dallas IT Company Taking Care Of Your Hardware?
How many of your workstations or other pieces of equipment are out of date and due to be refreshed? You’ve probably been putting it off, at least because of the cost involved. Replacing hardware requires capital, and it's a lot to spend at once, depending on your budget.
What if you could eliminate the cycle altogether?
Instead of having to invest in new hardware by paying all at once, and seeing the ROI over the course of its life, what if you could budget for hardware in a "pay-as-you-go" fashion?
You can - this is called “Hardware-as-a-Service” (HaaS)…
What Is Hardware as a Service And How Does It Work?
HaaS is a service provision model for equipment, similar to licensing or leasing.
Instead of having to purchase your equipment outright, you get your Dallas IT company to install the equipment for you, and you rent it from them on an ongoing basis. If the hardware is outdated or breaks down, the responsibility for repairs or replacement falls to your IT company. This is according to a service level agreement (SLA) which defines each party’s responsibilities – the two options are:
- You pay a monthly fee for using the hardware.
- The payment gets incorporated into the fee structure for installation, monitoring, and maintaining the equipment.
What Hardware Does HaaS Cover?
File transfer equipment allows for instant file communication between two or more parties in a company. It’s quick and scalable. When leasing a server, either physical on-premises or virtual in the cloud, the file-sharing is at faster speeds with HaaS.
Security threats will never end, and an outdated firewall leads to security compliance issues. With cybersecurity, firewalls for HaaS have grown in demand and popularity, especially when preventing unwanted malware from entering a computer’s system.
When it comes to the actual desktop computers you and your staff use every day, your IT company will install the equipment into your environment. Rather than spending thousands of dollars for dedicated computers, you would use the monthly HaaS equipment option that reduces upfront costs with no change to the end-user.
Data Storage Storage
There are shared and saved files, storage, and backups that must be secured. When deploying a storage appliance with your IT company, your needs are analyzed and storage space is scalable and optimized for storage speed needs.
Switches and Routers
These devices allow workstations to efficiently communicate and route data within your business and internet-connected devices. To run at the best speeds, smart switches and routers are used to route traffic quickly to the correct device, user, or private groups on your network.
Virtualizing your desktops and servers (so that they run on hosted tech or hardware provided by your IT company) means you don’t need to purchase or install new computers for your network.
With virtualization, now you can operate multiple virtual machines or operating systems on the equipment you already own with software that allows your desktops and servers to be easily connected to new hardware or cloud environments.
What Benefits Does HaaS Offer?
Beyond the actual hardware and associated services that HaaS offers, you likely want to know – what can you expect as actual benefits of this type of service? In addition to everything explored above, HaaS offers other advantages as well:
When your IT company implements, maintains, updates, and manages your hardware, any internal IT personnel you have gained back a significant amount of time.
Free Physical Space
If you have some outdated hardware on-premises that need upgrading, that old equipment can easily take up vast amounts of physical office space. Instead of sinking money into new devices, you’ll reclaim valuable office space while getting the most recent technologies.
As a part of HaaS, your IT company will deploy powerful firewalls, virus scanning technology, updating patches, and continuous maintenance, keeping you safe from cyber threats. When utilizing HaaS, concern about the security of your hardware is eliminated.
Reduced Capital Expenses
The key budgetary benefit of this service model is that you no longer have to invest capital in hardware. That funding gets freed up to be used in other areas of your business.
Instead, your hardware, along with any other services provided by your IT company, fall under operating expenses, meaning you get an immediate, month by month return on the small flat rate you’re paying.