Leasing hardware is a really great, well-known way of gaining the use of IT equipment such as PCs and laptops, without the capital expense required for buying it outright. This makes it a really great solution for both startup organisations, and established businesses who are looking to gain control of their IT spend.
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Leasing hardware, especially in local areas such as Bournemouth and Poole, is common. But the downside is although you're paying monthly for equipment, security, maintenance updates, and antivirus is all up to you.
This is where Managed Hardware comes in!
Managed hardware is sometimes called Hardware as a Service (HaaS), and is a really great service for businesses. It works in much the same way as leasing IT equipment, however you don't have to shoulder the burden of security, updates, or the headache of sourcing a replacement if it should need a repair. You may also think that ‘Hardware’ just means things like PCs and Laptops, but it can include all sorts like servers, switches, routers, firewalls, Wi-Fi access points and so much more!
With managed hardware you can:
There are quite a few different ways IT companies (also known as managed service providers) might go about charging for managed services, however, it nearly always involves being financed by a monthly contract. This alleviates a huge expenditure often invested in new equipment which depreciates a little in value every time it is switched on, and instead becomes a more manageable monthly operating expense. Not only does this help cash flow, it removes the unpredictability of replacement and upkeep by becoming easy to budget for.
There are a whole host of other benefits, aside from the reduction in cost.
As your organisation grows and changes, you’ll need technology that’s able to adapt and keep up. Managed Hardware supports this, allowing you to add any number of new devices without the associated costs, depending on your business needs.
Having someone proactively managing your hardware, means that any security updates – including software updates which contain security patches – will be carried out for you too, so you know that any vulnerabilities will be addressed before they cause your organisation problems!
When new hardware is purchased, it’s often neglected due to ongoing costs, causing eventual running issues and grumpy staff. If you use managed hardware, your MSP will follow maintenance best practices, keeping everything up to date. Updates are also considered before being applied, which means you also won’t be stuck using updates which appear to break more than they fix!
Moore’s law talks about the speedy advancement of technology, stating that computer chip processing power doubles yearly. With this in mind, Managed Hardware is an excellent way to make sure your business keeps up with the technology it needs to thrive, without the headache of a large expenditure every 3-5 years.
As we mentioned before, managed hardware, or HAAS, doesn't just have to be like leasing PCs and laptops, here is an overview of our offering and the benefits of paying monthly. All of our Managed Hardware offerings include labour and setup within the monthly price, and there is no initial cost for the hardware. We also automatically replace your hardware after 5 years in order to maintain industry-recommended standards.
A managed workstation is a PC or laptop provided on an ongoing monthly agreement. As well as the machine (and accessories) it is proactively looked after by us remotely, all for a fixed monthly fee, alleviating the need for hefty hardware investment.
Benefits of Managed PCs and Laptops
With our fully-managed router and firewall service, we’ll install; configure, monitor, and manage your routers and firewalls saving you valuable time and operational costs associated with downtime.
Benefits of Managed Routers and Firewalls
If your server isn’t working, your business isn’t working. We’ve put together our Managed Server service with this in mind. Eliminating up-front costs and ensuring you won’t experience extensive downtime in the event of an emergency are our priorities.
Benefits of managed servers
Practically invisible and a bit of a mystery to those who aren’t technical, it’s very tempting to sign off on the installation of a basic switch and then forget about it. But despite rarely being noticed, the switch is at the heart of the network, and if it goes down so does everything else.
Benefits of Managed Switches
Managed WAPs (Wireless Access Points)
An Access Point (AP) is a device which creates a wireless local area network (WLAN). It connects to a wired router, switch, or hub and projects a WiFi signal to a designated area that may need it. Although WAPs are often an ‘invisible’ piece of your network, they’re integral for ensuring every part of your business stays connected.
Benefits of Managed Access Points
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