The Ultimate Guide to HaaS Vs. SaaS

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Technology continues to advance rapidly, with its growth speeding up exponentially over recent years. Wireless communications and deep learning are even expected to multiply by no less than ten times the current capacity. Thus, innovations and terms keep getting introduced in succession. Among these pillars of the new age are HaaS and SaaS. The first thing you need to know is that, despite their similarities, they are not the same thing. So, read on for more details breaking down each service.


What is HaaS?

Hardware as a Service, or HaaS, is a system wherein businesses pay a subscription fee to use hardware utilities and functions. It’s similar to leasing equipment from a provider. The difference is that HaaS is not so much about renting an IT product but more so about paying for the functionalities of these products. Take computers as an example. Clients of a HaaS provider rent a computer or a set of computers (the hardware) for the purpose of providing their workforce with efficient processing systems (the function). The client then pays for this hardware with the knowledge that the provider will be in charge of all repairs, upgrades, and storage. The computers will be in the client’s possession for however long they’ve paid for it. But at the end of the service level agreement, the computer is to be returned to the provider. For businesses in need of IT equipment, this method lessens costs and increases sustainability. The HaaS provider supplies the necessary hardware as well as the operation, management, and maintenance involved.

On top of cost efficiency and not having to think about maintenance, the major benefits that come with HaaS include the inclusion of server and cloud solutions and a consistent means to stay up to date. The biggest problem that businesses face is using outdated hardware that can’t keep up with security and demand. HaaS ensures that you get necessary updates in real-time, so you won’t have to worry about fluctuating signal integrity, server issues, or end-user tampering. Overall, the updated hardware ensures that continuous communication between devices.


What is SaaS?

SaaS is Software as a Service, which provides on-demand software services for businesses. The difference here, apart from dealing with software instead of hardware, is that providers here use a subscription to give licenses to different end-users. This means all of the specific software and programs in question are centrally hosted by the provider alone, and different businesses get their license to use the system.

It should be noted that SaaS still makes use of separate instances for each license holder, so security should not be a concern in terms of hosting. The delivery model can be likened, in its barest bones, to how social media works. Everyone just uses the same social network but has their own profile with personal access and unique tools.

Because of its usage of cloud computing, SaaS lowers costs as end-users no longer need to install the software themselves or buy the actual software. Providers also handle updates and make sure that capacity always expands as needed. Because of the scalability of the model, Silicon Valley has started a scrupulous frontline SaaS sales management program that only sees a 53% passing rate for certification.


Can They Work Together?

It should be noted that there are also other cloud-based service models, such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). Though there is some overlap, studies on cloud architecture have found that HaaS reduces the costs of running HPC systems better than IaaS and with a lower impact on application performance.

Usually, you can bundle HaaS and SaaS together to create an ecosystem. Because they are delivered as service models, you can always change up the hardware and software you use. And when used together, you can cover both of your IT structure.



Even if you pick just one service, you’ll acquire state-of-the-art tools for you and your staff. Both services provide great benefits for businesses that need IT solutions, without them needing to shell out too much capital. Interaction between models is also made easier because of their cloud computing baselines. The 2020 Cloud Computing Survey revealed that 32% of tech-buying companies’ budgets are already being spent on cloud computing. Now, what’s left is to see how new businesses adapt to cloud commitment. HaaS and SaaS, no doubt, play a large role in that transition.

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By Alicia Gregory

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Alicia Gregory is a business and IT blogger. She has made it her mission to break down key components of business and IT to make them easy to understand. In her free time, she loves to walk her golden retriever.

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