Large technology companies operate data centers at a scale that’s difficult to imagine, even for those in the industry. New IT assets are what keep these organizations running. On top of the constant need for the latest, cutting-edge hardware, IT leaders in these organizations are keenly aware of the sensitive personal data that will be stored on those assets.
No two companies are exactly alike, so no two companies will have the same motivations to work with an ITAD provider. However, most companies fall into three primary categories: Legal, Ethical/Social, and Economics.
Today we’ll cover the legal reasons for ITAD; the laws that govern privacy and the penalties that follow if you don’t follow them. Most of them will cover data privacy, but there are also environmental laws you should consider.
While ITAD is something you can do in-house, that doesn’t mean you should. There’s a tremendous risk with doing so and your time, talents and resources are likely best spent focusing on your core business while the experts focus on their core business – ITAD
When you have a medical issue, you likely go to the doctor.
If you’re having car trouble, you see a mechanic. If you have complicated taxes, you probably have them prepared by a CPA.
Why? Because they’re experts, and you can trust those experts. You want your health, vehicles, taxes and more handled by professionals. The same can be said by your ITAD program and why you should work with a professional ITAD company.
The importance of destroying all data would seem to be obvious. Yet according to some studies, as many as 10% of all secondhand hard drives sold over the internet still hold personal information. And it’s not just individuals who fail to destroy all data, it’s businesses as well.
If your business is preparing to decommission expensive high-end IT hardware in 2021, it’s important to put a plan into place to recover value from your old equipment. There’s a lot to consider when handling retiring IT assets, but with the right level of expert support and guidance, you can maximize recovery and return possibly millions of dollars to your IT budget.
Once you have taken the decision to migrate data to the cloud you will also be tasked with decommissioning your data center(s), what does this mean for your legacy storage assets?
At OceanTech, we ensure that every data containing device receives compliant data destruction. We follow strict guidelines to ensure data security and complete risk mitigation is achieved.
At OceanTech, an R2 certified company, we are proud of our environmentally responsible electronics recycling and business platform that allows us to lead the electronics recycling industry with best-in-industry practices.
It’s no secret that a data center refresh can cost a lot of money. New hardware is expensive, the process can be labor-insensitive, and the entire project can take up a lot of time.
The risk of losing money on an investment in server equipment, that will eventually need replacing anyway, by waiting until the last minute to recycle is a harsh reality for companies relying on major server systems. To protect against this, it’s wise for businesses to consider upgrading server equipment before multiple later versions are released and the current equipment is devalued.
Before you get rid of your old hardware, you must ensure that all the data on it has been permanently destroyed and is nonrecoverable. A trusted partner can help you establish a defensible, documented and repeatable process to prepare, handle or transport and destroy data both on-site or off-site, using methods that comply with the latest U.S. and international standards.