Data Center Decommissioning – How It Is Done
A successful decommissioning project requires effective planning, coordinated efforts and when applicable, assurances that the live environment will not be disrupted. The steps outlined below provide a quick checklist of things to consider to manage the decommissioning project and ensure all off-site activities are properly managed.
ABM minimizes disruption through defined processes and robust project management. These processes ensure that data is destroyed (consistent with client requirements), that inventory is accurately audited and tracked, and that a plan is in place. This helps eliminate unnecessary storage costs and reduce logistics costs.
1. Validate and Decommission Equipment
Equipment is disconnected and de-installed then moved to a designated work area. SLS technicians will remove:
- Outdated equipment – including servers, SANs, network gear, firewalls, routers
- Ancillary equipment – including docking stations, UPS, keyboards, mice
- Obsolete equipment and supplies – including transformers, circuit breakers, test equipment, reels of cable, spare telco parts
- Tape libraries and jukeboxes
- And deinstall racks, rail kits, power cords, cabinets
If required, we will identify and remove unused legacy cables that could negatively impact the production environment.
2. Asset List
Accurate Inventory of IT Assets
SLS technicians conduct a physical inventory and verify this against a client provided master asset list. This inventory reconciliation service ensures accurate IT asset counts, which is important for financial and legal recordkeeping. Any discrepancies are reported to the on-site client contact. Assets are not packed until any discrepancies have been resolved and the inventory list is updated. Leased Equipment SLS works with clients to simplify the return of leased equipment and prevent unnecessary chargebacks. Our services include repair, cosmetic refurbishment, removal of company-applied asset tags, data erasure, and packing and shipping leased equipment back to the leasing company.
3. On-Site Data Destruction
4. Pack and Track
5. Asset Resale
6. Environmentally Responsible Recycling
7. Secure Transport
Do you have an upcoming decommissioning project? Download our “Checklist for Selecting a Decommissioning Vendor” document for ideas on how to evaluate potential service providers.
RFI / RFP Template
Many data center managers have found our “RFP Template for IT Asset Disposition” helpful when searching for a data center decommissioning vendor. This template offers various sample vendor questions to help find a service with compliant data destruction, reuse and recycling of IT assets.
Data Center Services
Decommissioning and data destruction services provided at our client locations tend to be project based and require close coordination and planning. Talk to one of our business solution advisors to discuss how SLS can support your team.