Our country has been continuing to move forward amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Through stay-at-home orders and closed offices and stores, workers across many industries continue their hard work. This hasn’t come without sacrifice; for many workers used to “going to the office,” it’s been a major shift. This could be up to half of American workers who have moved their IT gear to home, purchased new IT assets, or have upgraded existing laptops or other productivity tools.
The outbreak of COVID-19 — a novel coronavirus — has affected individuals and businesses worldwide. Some of those effects have been unprecedented, including the blows dealt to financial markets and companies of all sizes.
Data security is crucial for businesses today — it’s equally important for SMBs all the way up to large enterprise. Furthermore, advancements in memory technology — focused on speed, size, and data density — bring along with them new forms of non-volatile data storage. Protecting our clients’ brands, reputation, and data is core to what we do here at Sipi Asset Recovery.
In an earlier blog, we covered the new wave of high capacity storage devices and the challenges they bring to data security. These are arriving to the marketplace in the form of MAMR (microwave-assisted-magnetic recording) drives as well as HAMR (heat-assisted magnetic recording) drives. Tried-and-true methods of secure destruction for these ultra-high-capacity drives, such as shredding or degaussing, are at least decreasing in effectiveness… and at worst, simply ineffective.
Earlier this year, the Sipi Asset Recovery team attended Data Center World (DCW) in Phoenix, AZ. DCW is the leading conference for data center professionals — and while there — we met personally with many of those who attended. What we noticed were some crystal clear, recurring trends when it comes to the challenges data centers are facing.
As we’ve referenced before, the world of IT asset disposition, lifecycle management, and inventory management is constantly on the move. 2018 was a landmark year and 2019 is breezing by with its own set of challenges.
Key player leaves the ITAD market
However, of all the news in 2019, one recent announcement has left a mark: Arrow Electronics’ departure from the ITAD industry. As industry colleagues, we sympathize with the employees and their families that find themselves in vulnerable situations due to the closing. As competitor vendors in our field there has been buzzing over the news — many are shocked — plus there’s been much speculation and analysis over exactly why this came to be.
What really stands out to us at Sipi are two specific factors that have been mentioned: