Choosing who provides IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) services for your storage, server, and networking hardware is one of the biggest decisions you can make for your IT infrastructure.
ITAD is usually an afterthought for many IT shops, but that is beginning to change thanks to the increasing need for safe and environmentally friendly disposal of data center hardware.
But ITAD includes more than just retiring your assets, so where do you start? Picking a partner for asset disposition is very similar to choosing a third party support vendor, there are some non-negotiables. Here are five must-have areas of expertise to look for when choosing an ITAD partner.
IT Asset Management
Disposition is just one step in the IT lifecycle planning process. You should look for an ITAD partner that can help you track your assets from deployment to decommission.
Having the added visibility to the lifecycle of your hardware can not only save you time and make your data center more efficient, it can also take your environment from ad-hoc to a more proactive strategy for disposing hardware.
IT Asset Remarketing: Installs, Adds, Moves, & Changes
While it’s true IT asset disposition is a step in your hardware’s lifecycle, many IT professionals come to this stage way too soon. This is usually because people are unaware of the options available to them to keep their hardware and maximize ROI in their storage environment.
Remarketing your IT assets gives you the ability to make changes to your hardware such as: erasing data, making configuration changes, moving hardware to remote offices or test/dev sites, and more. When choosing an ITAD partner, you want to work with a group of individuals who can come up with different ways to repurpose your hardware to make sure you are getting the most out of it.
Data Erasure & Sanitization Services
This may seem like a no-brainer to some, but protecting your organization’s sensitive data is paramount when disposing of your IT equipment. Your potential ITAD vendor should offer various options to dispose or repurpose your hardware without compromising your data in the process.
When choosing an ITAD provider, you should ask about data wiping, physical destruction, degaussing and other data sanitization offerings and decide based on what’s best for your environment.
Compliance Regulations & Certifications
In conjunction with asking about data erasure and sanitization, you should ask your ITAD partner how they guarantee the safe and secure disposal of your data. Depending on your industry, you should make sure your ITAD partner can ensure that you are meeting all necessary compliance regulations like HIPAA, PCI, DoD 5220.22 etc.
Note: Many ITAD partners offer both onsite and remote data destruction services, no matter if you are recycling, reselling, or repurposing your hardware, you should require full chain of custody documents as well as certification showing that all data has been successfully removed once services have been completed.
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These are just a few things to look for in an ITAD partner. For more help with repurposing your array, data erasure,
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