Most school IT managers are familiar with SaaS (software as a service), which allows access to software applications throughout a network as needed. This is a popular cost-saving measure, especially for those with tight budgets. SaaS allows them to either test software options before committing or manage their budgets within known parameters. The software options are greater for schools, especially compared to licensing the software for each individual user. With its flexibility and financial benefits, SaaS has become a more popular purchasing practice.
Many of the same organizations that use SaaS are now considering HaaS, or Hardware as a Service (what is Hardware as a Service?). In a managed service provider (MSP) situation, the MSP or IT provider makes appropriate hardware available to a business through a lease or subscription arrangement. The MSP will then monitor a client’s technologies from a remote location.
HaaS solutions eliminate the need for a school to invest in hardware or to physically house the hardware itself. Because clients pay on a monthly basis, this arrangement allows technology to be updated more frequently.
It’s important to note that in some HaaS situations, the MSP installs some hardware at the client’s location because certain technology isn’t appropriate in the HaaS off-site model. In these cases, the MSP will generally incorporate the hardware costs into the fees to the client. However, if the MSP cannot take on the hardware expenses, it is quite normal for the customer to license the hardware directly from the vendor.
In our everything as a service, cloud-based world, HaaS seems to be an inevitable move for schools wanting instant access and big processing capabilities (learn more about Hardware as a Service here). This is good news for smaller schools with growth plans because HaaS installations provide both sustainability and scalability.
There is no denying the benefits remote services offer: access to software and hardware that would be cost-prohibitive in normal circumstances and the freedom from IT maintenance issues that can be costly and time consuming.
Learn the pros and cons of Hardware as a Service here.
As an IBM Business Partner, Pine Cove Consulting understands what HaaS can do for the success of your school. Contact us to learn more or for a free IT assessment.