Data Center Decommissioning Planning and Prep
Whether your company uses an internet-facing data center or an enterprise data center, our team progresses through an extensive checklist of important tasks before the actual decommissioning begins. This may include:
- Determining a schedule of activities, including potential downtime, safety procedures, and whether you prefer off-hours or business hours.
- Conducting both network discovery using software discovery tools, and physical discovery to craft a hardware inventory. These can then be compared to pre-existing CMDBs (configuration management databases).
- Arranging any necessary machinery, including forklifts, hoists, tip guards, and pallets.
- Asset tagging your devices with serial numbers to specify whether individual pieces of hardware need to be repurposed, replaced, or destroyed.
- Creating and verifying all necessary backup systems are in place so that there is never a critical loss of power or data.
Deinstallation and Decommission
Once the proper planning has been done, CompuCycle staff advance to the task of decommissioning the data center. During this stage we will see to:
- Data erasure for devices that you plan to repurpose or resell, or shredding of items to be recycled (more on this below). CompuCycle complies with National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) 800-88 guidelines and U.S. Department of Defense 5220.22-M sanitization standards.
- Disconnecting hardware from firewalls, subnetworks, and power supplies.
- Removing all server rails, racks, shelves, and drawers and securely packing them for travel.
On-site Data Destruction and Equipment Disposition
During the decommissioning process, the CompuCycle team will use either data sanitization software or cryptographic erasure software to permanently remove data from your devices. Alternatively, our mobile shredding equipment can be used to physically destroy hard drive assemblies and other memory devices on-site at your location. Upon completion, we will issue a certificate documenting the equipment’s sanitization or destruction.
After data destruction, the decommissioned equipment or shredded e-waste will be securely packed for transportation inside polyethylene foam. Everything will then be loaded into a CompuCycle truck that is equipped with real-time tracking for the trip to its final destination. You may then opt to engage CompuCycle’s asset remarketing services to secure the best value for your no-longer-needed hardware, or our EPA-recognized, R2-Certified e-cycling capabilities. We accept servers, power supplies, fax machines, and many more IT devices.
Our decommissioning team is also able to help you reinstall your data center at a new location, if necessary.
CompuCycle’s Step-by-Step Decommissioning Process