Whether your business requires hardware or software, paying for IT resources “as a service” lets you hand them over to the experts so you can focus on what you do best.
Chances are your business doesn’t have its own power station out the back. Instead, your building is likely connected to the electricity grid. This grants you easy access to all the power you need, when you need it. A simple bill arrives in the mail at the end of the month.
You don’t need the hassles and expense of building and maintaining your own power station. You just need the power. So, you outsource that job to the power company, which has the in-house expertise to maintain the infrastructure while taking advantage of the economies of scale. You simply pay for the electricity you use and get on with the job of running your business.
Hardware as a Service (HaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) are based on the same basic idea. You hand that IT infrastructure over to the experts and then access what you need as easily as flicking a switch.
When you’ve got IT experts managing your hardware and software, they take care of upgrades, regular maintenance, software updates, security patches and all the other important tasks required to keep everything running smoothly.
In return, you’ll enjoy greater uptime, enhanced redundancy, improved Internet security and better IT support compared to what you could manage yourself in-house.
The “as a Service” model can also be more cost-effective. Under some models you only pay for what you use, while others charge a subscription. Either way, it’s a lot more cost-effective than laying down a large sum of money upfront to buy all that infrastructure outright. This helps smooth out your cash flow, freeing up funds to invest elsewhere in the business.
The beauty of the “as a Service” model is that you can quickly provision and de-provision services on the fly without the hassles of buying, installing, updating and maintaining the hardware and software. This lets your IT infrastructure grow with your business while making it easy to cut back when times are slow.
Hardware and Software as a service in cloud computing
Cloud computing services are all about HaaS and SaaS, relying on managed servers and software running in an enterprise-grade data centre rather than on machines on your own premises.
SaaS in cloud computing includes Microsoft’s popular Office 365, putting the power of Microsoft Office at your fingertips for a small monthly fee, with ongoing access to upgrades. Rather than tying you to one PC, you’re free to jump between different devices and pick up working where you left off.
For other tasks, you might opt for HaaS to access a powerful server (physical or virtual) sitting in a data centre. You can put it to use as if it was your own machine in the office. The subscription model allows small businesses to punch above their weight and access enterprise-grade hardware.
HaaS tech support becomes a lot simpler once your IT service provider is taking care of your hardware rather than trying to troubleshoot it from afar.
It’s time to take advantage of HaaS and SaaS
SaaS and HaaS both have their merits and there’s likely room for both in your business. SaaS is perfect when you need easy access to the latest productivity software, without tying it to individual PCs. Meanwhile, HaaS is great for those tasks that require powerful hardware at your command. This includes times when you need short-term access to servers for development and testing.
Your IT service provider can help you tap into the power of SaaS and HaaS to ensure you make the most of your IT spend.
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