Even as technology improves, the fundamental IT challenge remains the same: provide the most functional, flexible IT infrastructure possible, at the lowest cost of ownership. Meeting that challenge systematically through IT Lifecycle Management can lead to dramatic improvements in efficiency, performance and cost management.
A complete assessment of the costs and resources required to manage assets through the entire IT lifecycle enables an organisation to plan for the disposal of devices when they reach the end of their useful life. Asset disposal factors to consider include potential resale value, disposal costs, and services required to securely uninstall data and remove equipment.
Although predicting resale values and asset disposal costs is not typically a core skill of an organisation's internal IT resources, it is a critical element in managing the costs of the IT infrastructure. Costs for contracting with environmental specialists must be factored in if outside services are needed to comply with environmental and security regulations.
Regardless of the method of disposal (donation, resale or destruction), there are additional costs associated with the destruction of data stored on equipment, which may require degaussing the hard drives or using commercially available erasure tools.
Some organisations may choose to cascade technology to administrative or other business units that do not require the most advanced computing platforms. The organisation should assess the true cost of repurposed technology such as security risks, patches and replacement parts, and out-of-warranty repairs.
Most organisations do not have dedicated asset disposition capability; nor do they benefit from the sale of retired assets.
Special attention needs to be paid to data security during this disposal process. Regardless of the disposal technique, disk drives will need to be either erased or physically destroyed and it is increasingly important that computing assets are disposed of in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.
Thanks to Servnet's assistance through this phase of lifecycle management, the responsibility becomes ours, relieving organisations of the responsibility to manage their own asset disposal when equipment reaches the end of its life.
On-going proactive maintenance is critical in order to keep the IT infrastructure operating in its optimal state at all times. As part of our lifecycle suit, Servnet offers extended or uplifted maintenance support contracts for when manufacturer warranties expire, which in turn extends the life of your IT investment and reduces your carbon footprint.