HP Inc has unveiled a service for businesses that offers to outsource the provisioning and management of endpoint devices by combining hardware and services into a single subscription-based monthly payment with no upfront costs.
Available from HP and selected channel partners, HP Device as a Service (DaaS) is designed to let businesses acquire the latest HP PC technology on a pay-monthly subscription basis, bundled with full device management and other services, freeing up valuable IT time and resources to focus on more critical issues, the firm claimed.
However, HP said that the DaaS offering also extends to all customer devices, whether sourced from HP or other manufacturers, including Windows PCs, Android devices, and Apple's iPhone, iPad and Mac systems. Also included in the fee are lifecycle services and HP expertise such as technical support, according to the firm.
"HP DaaS allows businesses to lean on our technology and expertise to keep their PC infrastructure running while they focus resources on driving their businesses forward," said Luciana Broggi, HP's general manager for enterprise solutions in EMEA.
"Our new offering removes the complexity around device management and gives customers a simpler way to access and implement needed technology and support."
HP said that, as part of the service, the firm will refresh a customer's endpoint devices with the latest technology products as they reach the end of their lifecycle.
This means that customers get to pay one monthly fee per seat to equip staff with appropriate devices over a multi-year period, receiving the latest technology and customised services and support from HP, including PC configuration and installation, data migration, onsite support and technology recycling.
On the face of it, HP's DaaS should prove appealing for many organisations, especially small to mid-size businesses that may lack a full IT team or the skills to properly manage modern heterogeneous environments.
However, the appeal will depend on cost, and HP has not given any indication about this, saying only that HP DaaS prices will vary based on customers' individual requirements.
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