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Decommissioning Data Centers in New York City Presents Unique Challenges

Sep 21, 2018

It’s certainly no surprise that there are more than 50 major data centers supporting tens of thousands of businesses within the five boroughs of New York.  Most are located in densely populated urban areas, some in the city’s largest buildings. While being in Manhattan or elsewhere in the city  is a distinct advantage, positioning colocation central to the one of the world’s most important financial and business centers, it also creates immense challenges when a Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx or Staten Island data center needs to decommission, upgrade equipment or change locations altogether. OceanTech accepts that challenge regularly, and is one of the only data center decommissioning companies in the world with the expertise to tackle such a monumental job in New York City. 60 Hudson, for example, is the single largest data center in the city. Located in Manhattan, it has a dedicated power feed and direct connectivity to over 300 service providers, making it one of the most concentrated hubs of internet connectivity in the city. Recent upgrades required by DataGyrd enhanced data processing and increased storage capacity.  Those upgrades required de-installation and retiring older equipment, as well as onsite destruction and meticulous documentation.  It was a task that a company like OceanTech is prepared to handle while also ensuring a secure chain of custody. Equinix, zColo (Zaya) and Sungard also have data centers at 60 Hudson, and like DataGyrd, they each serve hundreds of customers, including financial and media firms, which require access to range of different carriers and security that is paramount to safeguarding an infinite array of critical data.  OceanTech approaches decommissioning for major players like these with expertise built on years of experience gained from working with the largest data centers from coast to coast. Throughout New York City, whether in Manhattan like at 60 Hudson, in Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, or across the river in Staten Island, OceanTech is ready with seasoned professionals who create and follow strategic plans for data center decommissioning projects to ensure not only the highest level of security, but every detail down to providing transportation that makes removing de-installed equipment a worry-free procedure. For expert project management for the world’s largest data centers, including asset recovery services, documentation and EPA-approved destruction services throughout New York City, contact the industry influencer and expert, Mike Satter at OceanTech.
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