different types of device as a service

4th October 2022

What are the types of Daas?

Steve Hill

It’s likely that, at some point or another, you’ve come across the term DaaS. The acronym itself is still a relatively young one, and many technology organisations have developed it into a range of different meanings.

So, it’s no wonder that customers and even Google can be a little uncertain as to what DaaS means for them and their industry requirements.

In this article, we look at a range of different meanings behind the term DaaS, and what each may mean for your business, as well as the DaaS services we offer at HardSoft.


Device(s) as a Service

Device as a Service, like the DaaS services on offer at HardSoft, is a simple yet effective leasing supply chain model, quickly gaining popularity.

Device as a Service provides customers with a completely flexible way of leasing goods and technology, such as PCs and laptops, as one integrated experience.

HardSoft DaaS allow you to add, switch, or return devices as you need them, allowing you to scale up or down whenever necessary, providing your teams with a bespoke package of the latest technology to suit their individual requirements, topped off with cost-friendly monthly payment packages.

Not only that, Device as a Service models allow you to manage a diverse hardware ecosystem, with no outsourcing required, as well as full set-up and technical support whenever you need it.

Desktop as a Service

Desktop as a Service is a cloud computing service, which allows organisations to securely access virtual desktops and a number of apps from the cloud to any device within their business.

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Able to provide a range of managed desktop virtualisation services such as Windows-based virtual desktops, desktop as a service provides you with a simple pay-as-you-go solution with flexible scale up or scale down options, on-demand.

Desktop as a Service allows you to simplify the rollout of new programmes or software-based systems to your entire workforce with minimum effort, with no requirement for an on-premises virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).

Data as a Service

Data as a Service works in a similar way to Software as a Service, or SaaS. It is a cloud computing strategy that allows users to access data storage, integration, processing and analytical services through a network connection.

The service involves delivering various applications to users over a network, as opposed to installing and running the applications locally on their own devices.

Data as a Service has recently grown in popularity due to the technological advancements that now allow cloud computing services to handle large-scale data management and processing, a must-have for busy organisations that require flexible cloud infrastructure.

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Data as a Service allows organisations to scale up or down their data requirements, with automated maintenance and smaller staff requirements, with no need for in-house staff who specialise in data tool set up and management.

Directory as a Service

Directory as a Service also works on a cloud basis, providing core IT services for authenticating, authorising, and managing users. It is also able to manage user devices and applications remotely.

The service can act as a record or extension of an organisation’s existing directory, adding an additional layer to employee security with authentication requests via the cloud, ensuring that the right users have access to the right IT resources.

Directory as a Service is also able to manage Windows, Mac and Linux devices throughout periods of scaling, updating policy settings, modifications, system configurations and updates, ensuring consistency across the entirety of your technology ecosystem.

Diagnostics as a Service

Diagnostics as a Service simplifies the process of identifying a range of issues that may affect your IT services.

While most virtual hosting platforms run with few disturbances, occasionally things can go wrong, and the immediate fix may not be as apparent as you’d like. Diagnostics as a Service quickly and efficiently scans and interprets a number of diagnostic areas, including data points like HTTP logs, event logs, and process memory dumps.

The service then either helps to resolve the issue or provide prescriptive guidance on the best fix for your specific problem, all with the click of a button.

Database as a Service

Database as a Service (you may also see it referred to as DBaaS) refers to a cloud computing managed service that allows organisations to set up and operate databases without the need for physical hardware, software installation or configuration of the database.

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Maintenance and administration are often taken care of by the service provider, meaning there is no need for on-site staff to manage the database, freeing up staff time and lowering costs.

Database as a Service, like the other services in this article, runs as a subscription-based service, which is scalable with your organisational needs, with the service provider typically covering high-level administrative tasks such as installation, configuration, maintenance and upgrades.

Whatever DaaS means for you, you can be sure that your Device as a Service needs are being well taken care of with HardSoft Devices for Teams solutions.

Discover why we’re the market’s most flexible DaaS solution, with bespoke packages available to match your budget, and your individual IT needs.

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