I'm sure this isn't 100% true (though maybe it is), but it definitely feels like you can rent anything these days. Whether you want to call it a rental, a lease, a subscription, or hosted; you can pay a monthly fee for just about anything – music, storage, clothes, cars, movies, houses, IT networks, copiers and printers . . . you get the idea. Add to that list another one designed to help businesses manage costs and avoid technology obsolescence – device-as-a-service. Don't confuse this with two other “as-a-service” flavors. Desktop-as-a-service is a cloud service for hosting a business' virtual desktops. Hardware-as-a-service refers to storage management – servers, data backup, etc. Just for fun, the IT industry also refers to device-as-a-service as PC-as-a-service (PCaaS). Enough jargon, what is device-as-a-service? Device-as-a-service (DaaS, confusingly enough, also the acronym for desktop-as-a-service) focuses on the procurement and management of your hardware – Deployment Management Services End-of-life recycling Plans vary, but generally include those four elements. Device-as-a-service can be a separate contract or bundled into a more inclusive managed IT services contract.