So, you’ve decided it’s time to get rid of your old data center equipment. Data center decommissioning (decom) is the next step. Yes, this process involves removing and disposing of your data centers and all related equipment, but more than that, it does so in a way that eliminates the risk of the data that is stored on those machines falling into the wrong hands. There are very specific procedures and processes that make data center decommissioning work and we’ll take a quick look at them in this blog post.
The 3 Categories Of Service For Data Center Decommissioning
There are three broad categories of service for decom, or rather, three specific areas in which different works takes place:
- On-Site Services
- Off-Site Services
Onsite Services. This includes everything involved in the disconnection, take-down, and removal of your data center equipment. Also, during this phase of the project, equipment is inventoried and appraised, disconnected, dismantled, and hard drives wiped to remove all of your business data. This wiping is done on-site before the equipment ever leaves your facility to ensure data safety.
Transportation. Once the equipment has been dismantled and data removed, it is ready to be transported. Where it goes after it leaves your site depends on what was decided during the appraisal portion of the process. Some equipment can be sold and used by other organizations. Some will be recycled. Some might have been leased and will now need to be returned to the lessor. Other pieces might find new life within your organization in a different manner. Transportation also involves logistics and chain-of-custody controls to protect your data and equipment.
Off-Site Services. Off-site services include the actual delivery and disposal of your equipment. Your data center decom service should handle delivery to waste haulers, recyclers, and lessors on your behalf. Access to secondary market buyers helps get you the best dollar value for your old equipment.
Data Center Decommissioning At Critical Power Products & Services
Data center decommissioning is as important to data security as firewalls and passwords, if not more so, which is why it should never be taken lightly. Count on Critical Power P&S for safe and effective data center decommissioning. We can help you mitigate risk, achieve disposal compliance, reduce waste, and even make money on data center decommissioning