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Article · Nov 15, 2016

Ask a Carbonista: What is Hardware-as-a-Service (HaaS)?

Ask a Carbonista: What is Hardware-as-a-Service (HaaS)?

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When Carbonite unveiled E2—the new hybrid backup and disaster recovery solution that's being offered to customers under a Hardware-as-a-Service (HaaS) licensing model—it generated a great deal of excitement in the small business community.

E2 comes with a mini-tower appliance that allows users to back up data both locally and to the Carbonite cloud. That means customers get the speed of on-premises data protection combined with the added security and reliability of the cloud—all for one affordable price.

What is HaaS?
E2's HaaS licensing model means there's no initial hardware investment. That's a load off the minds of budget-conscious small business owners who are concerned about upfront costs. If the hardware accidentally gets damaged, Carbonite will replace it. Carbonite will also swap out the hardware after a couple of years when the new model is released. Here's a look at the key benefits of HaaS:

1. Cost reduction
Reduced capital expenditure is one of the key drivers for HaaS adoption. With lower hardware costs, companies are able to dedicate more of their available capital for IT architecture and other important functions. And when service is included in the contract—like it is with Carbonite's new E2 hybrid backup solution—there’s the additional benefit of certainty.

2. Utility service
Speaking of service, HaaS helps eliminate uncertainties around the maintenance and performance of the provided hardware. Equipment and services are both included in the service-level agreements signed between the provider and the client. There’s less pressure than ever on customers to achieve expert-level knowledge on the maintenance front.

3. Flexibility and scalability
HaaS enables a small business to scale its service package up or down, depending on the changing needs of the company. Components can be added or subtracted as necessary—in contrast to the problems you’re likely to encounter when purchasing equipment outright.

4. Automation and updates
One of the driving factors behind the adoption of HaaS is that businesses are guaranteed to get regular software and hardware updates—which in turn means regular improvements in performance without additional capital investments.

With E2, there's no need to worry about hardware
With the introduction of the E2 hybrid backup solution, Carbonite now has a powerful HaaS offering for small businesses. And thanks to HaaS, E2 users never have to worry about hardware breaking down or becoming obsolete.

The completely preconfigured E2 hybrid backup solution is powered by industry-leading EVault technology. It's easy to set up and manage and it supports a broad range of platforms. That's why E2 is the right choice for your small business.

Learn more about Carbonite's E2 hybrid backup solution today.

For information on how to purchase E2, give us a call at 855-227-2249.


Mark Brunelli

Senior Writer

Mark Brunelli is a Senior Writer on the Corporate Marketing team at Carbonite. He blogs about Carbonite happenings and IT industry trends.

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