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
Blade server chassis
Magnetic hard drives
Solid state hard drives
Disk storage arrays
Storage area networks (SANs)
Network attached storage (NAS)
Direct attached storage (DAS)
Application delivery controllers
Load balancing controllers
Network switch gear
Cat 5/6 network cables
Power distribution units
Universal power supply (UPS)
Visual inspection of CPU
Computer RAM inspection
Magnetic hard drive
Hard drive erasure
Testing of DIMM memory
Hard drive serial number capture
Bulk shipment of DIMM memory
DIMM memory packing
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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