Felix Fissel, President at VFXNow shares his views on Hardware as a Service and explains why it is a great option in today´s economy.
Why is HaaS becoming so popular?
The workplace is changing and so is the way organizations pay for their hardware. Hardware as a Service (HaaS) is a model that accommodates businesses who are in constant transformation and who need to accelerate their adoption of cloud-based communications while using improved and more secure collaboration applications.
From a financial standpoint, HaaS provides a budget-friendly way to deploy the latest hardware without needing to make a large capital investment to purchase the hardware. Additionally, when provided by GPL’s VFXNow, all HaaS options come with a 24/7 support SLA.
What exactly is Hardware as a Service (HaaS)?
In a very simple way, Hardware as a Service is Rentals + Engineering + Service and Support. At VFXNow, we pair an agile, production-minded engineering team with a top-tier arsenal of rentable hardware to create an immediate and cost-effective solution for our clients’ pipeline needs.
What do you consider they key difference that makes HaaS so unique?
The key difference with HaaS is that you pay for the usage of the service, not the asset. You get an end-to-end solution that includes the hardware, implementation, training, and ongoing maintenance and support.
Hardware as a Service means that we guarantee your hardware works. You pick the equipment you need, and we guarantee that each element is installed properly and runs smoothly. If any problems occur with the hardware, service and support is included. We offer different packages where each business can choose the level of support that suits them best with options to include different software, peripherals and ancillary services.
Why is HaaS an option for companies today?
As we near the end of 2020, I believe many companies are taking a fresh approach to technology in 2021. There are many advantages to choosing HaaS as companies consider ways to contain their costs. Since HaaS is an OpEx instead of a CapEx, companies benefit from lower costs, larger tax benefits, and by eliminating unnecessary expenses. HaaS is not just a hardware solution since it comes with 24/7 support which removes the burden on internal IT departments to maintain the hardware, fulfill remote user support requests, or responding to emergencies.
Are there any limitations as to what equipment is included in a HaaS model? Does VFXnow HaaS include Isilon?
We actually have one of the best HaaS offerings in the industry. We are making great investments in top-notch equipment. We offer basic hardware solutions all the way up to complex cloud solutions.
And in reference to Isilon, oh yes, absolutely! We have a full arsenal of Dell/EMC technology supported by our talented engineering team.
Is obsolescence an issue?
On the contrary! With HaaS we make sure you keep up to date with the latest technologies.
Are there any security risks?
Great question, the short answers is No. An advantage we have is that we belong to the GPL Technologies group, and we have a full division of experts in network security and cybersecurity.
Another advantage of the HaaS model is that if the hardware breaks down, the responsibility falls on VFXnow, not the client, to either decommission or replace it.
How can GPL Technologies help companies who want to follow this model?
We have a team of specialized engineers who will partner with you and help you find the best solution for your business. We don´t call ourselves a “vendor” since we really are a team of consultants that take care of your business, and today any business model sits on technology. Companies today, more than ever, need peace of mind, that is what we offer!
Is HaaS recommended only for large companies, for a certain type of hardware, or specific industries?
No, it applies to any company size, in any industry, and we have the largest selection of hardware available in the market. We offer all the devices a company would need to run their business, including servers, workstations, routers, switches, NAS devices, and more.
VFXnow – a subsidiary of GPL Technologies – pairs an agile, production-minded engineering team with a top-tier arsenal of rentable hardware to create an immediate and cost-effective solution for your pipeline needs. By eliminating the risk of costly downtime, the burden of providing in-house hardware support, and the need to make large upfront investments to leverage the latest technology, VFXNow has become the preeminent solution for fast, on-time, and cost-effective project delivery.
For information about our industry-leading computer rental company, VFXNow, contact one of our team members today at 866-691-9579 or contact us at email@example.com