A major task in any IT department is the specification, evaluation, and installation of new equipment. From PCs and servers to network routers and switches, the torrid pace of technological advance means a constant stream of hardware into data centers and offices. Unfortunately, acquisition is just the beginning of the asset life cycle, and organizations often lack the same processes and rigor when eliminating obsolete equipment as they exhibit when buying new. Given the well-recognized environmental hazards lurking in most electronics, the dumpster is no longer an acceptable disposal strategy, and while there are a variety of asset removal options for old hardware, successful execution means planning and effort from already overworked IT staffs.
Asset Recovery Services and Process
Extremely old equipment that is effectively obsolete has no significant monetary value; however, it’s often still useful to charities or nonprofits. Asset recovery brokers can act as a liaison to these organizations, ensuring that they get clean, tested, functional equipment. Nonfunctional hardware is marked for reuse and recycling— similar terms with a subtle distinction. Some systems may fail a comprehensive test but still have functional components. These are cannibalized and the components—video board, hard drive, NIC, etc.—reused as spare parts. Equipment that’s degenerated to doorstop status is marked for recycling where individual components—plastics, circuit boards, glass, batteries, etc.—are sorted and sent to recyclers.