Section 2. What types of data center equipment are included in ITAD?

Most IT equipment can be reused or recycled. Depending on age and condition, whole units and parts can be resold. If no financial value can be recovered, equipment is recycled. Recycling recovers commodity materials that can be used as feedstock in manufacturing new products.

Servers and Racks

  • Rack servers
  • Blade servers
  • Server racks
  • Blade server chassis

Storage Devices

  • Magnetic hard drives
  • Solid state hard drives
  • Backup tapes
  • Disk storage arrays
  • Storage area networks (SANs)
  • Network attached storage (NAS)
  • Direct attached storage (DAS)
  • Storage controller
  • Raid controller
  • Storage cabinets


  • Routers
  • Ethernet switches
  • Application delivery controllers
  • Load balancing controllers
  • Network switch gear


  • Electric cables
  • Power cables
  • Cat 5/6 network cables
  • Power distribution units
  • Fans, heatsinks
  • Universal power supply (UPS)
  • Batteries

Decommissioning IT Assets – Electrical – Mechanical Equipment

Sims Lifecycle Services (SLS) and Sims Metal, our sister company, work together on data center projects. We are unique in this industry in that we provide decommissioning and disposition solutions for IT equipment, electrical and mechanical systems.

SLS provides decommissioning and disposition services for IT equipment, while Sims Metal provides decommissioning and recycling of electrical and mechanical systems.

Working with Sims Metal, our services are particularly useful for complete data center shutdowns and is popular when decommissioning edge data centers.

SLS handles the servers and blades, storage devices, networking and electrical equipment listed above. We also provide secure hard drive destruction services.

Sims Metal processes HVAC equipment, diesel generators, air handlers, containers, server racks and cabling.

All work is performed by field technicians and site personnel to coordinate heavy equipment movement.

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