What do all those technology acronyms like DaaS mean?

28th June 2018
2014 Apple iMac

Over the last 18 months, many major computer manufacturers  such as Lenovo, HP and Fujitsu have started offering subscription services for new computers and technology but what exactly is in it for you, and what is this terminology they use all about?  It’s something we’ve been talking about for a long time and is very much part of the HardSoft ethos and way of offering a subscription model for deployment and use of PC and Macs.
Confusing technology termsHere we explain these terms and acronyms which you may come across:

Technology as a service – TaaS

Technology as a service offers small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) the facility to combine their computer hardware purchases with IT services for a monthly fee. They are then able to utilise the service rather than employee their own IT staff, to cover things such as warranty services, and the option to replace equipment regularly without making large upfront payments, allowing them to keep their cash flow in place for the day-to-day running of the business.

IT as a service – ITaaS

IT as a Service a method of technology delivery that views information technology as an asset. It provides businesses with hardware, software and support on an agreed monthly fee.

Device as a Service – DaaS

Device as a service is where small businesses and larger companies alike outsource the acquisition and management of IT devices to save money and enable them to renew the equipment regularly. HP use this as their brand.  HP tied up with Apple at the end of 2017 and offer the imaginatively  “Device as a Service for Apple’ that allow iPhones, iPads and Macs bundled up with support and a DEP solution, plus Accidental Damage cover. Apple does not have its own scheme and the HP DaaS for Apple is only available in the USA

XaaS – anything as a service

Anything (or everything) as a service has often been used to envelop SaaS (Software as a service), IaaS (Infrastructure as a service), and PaaS (Platform as a service). Originally SaaS, this cloud-based on-demand services category has expanded to include anything that isn’t fixed to the floor. It’s the epitome of cloud computing, a veritable buffet of offerings which are utility based and can be used on a monthly basis.

Sound Familiar?

Does any of this sound familiar to you? Yes, it’s basically what we’ve been doing – and preaching about – for the past 30 years! It’s all about getting someone else to take care of the technology you need to use for your business, paying a regular set amount to ensure that everything is looked after so that you don’t have to worry about it. In a nutshell, HardSoft offers all of the services mentioned above within our leasing contracts. We cover warranties, technical support, replacement products, and renewals when you need them. It’s why we’re a ‘one stop shop’ for all your technology needs.
If you want to know more about leasing from HardSoft and our TaaS/ITaaS/DaaS/XaaS services, get in touch via sales@hardsoft.co.uk, call 020 7111 1643, or go online and use our web chat facility. Our knowledgeable sales team will be happy to talk through all of your options with you.