Cloud migration and data center decommissioning

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.

We’re in the thick of the data center cloud revolution

We’ve all been hearing the term “cloud” for years, whether in a personal context or a professional one. So much so that it’s become a bit of a cliché; jargon that folks sometimes groan about, or even install a special browser extension to replace (with humorous results.)

But for data center professionals, “cloud” is not merely a buzzword. Cisco predicts that by 2021, 94% of workloads and compute instances will be processed by cloud data centers — with only 6% by traditional data centers. All driven by the needs to scale ever higher and higher, manage costs, and handle the necessary computing power for data science, AI, and other factors driving business as we near the quantum era.

94% is a staggering number and it correlates with what we heard at DCW: that data center professionals in the field are directly in the eye of the migration storm, not behind it. They’re formulating and implementing their cloud strategies as we speak, at a breakneck pace.

Hallway with a row of servers Depositphotos_126938946_l-2015The race to the cloud brings data center decommissioning challenges to the forefront

It’s tempting to think of a data center cloud migration in terms of the results, but it also leaves another reality behind: legacy IT assets and infrastructure. Decommissioning these assets is a crucial part of the migration process, and professionals are worried about two things: data security and decommissioning logistics.

Data Center Decommissioning: Security

We’ve talked about security quite a bit on our blog: it’s top of mind for virtually all IT professionals, data center workers included. What makes data centers different, however, are they have very specific needs and best practices as it relates to secure ITAD. Large-scale, complicated data center operations require specialized, tailored plans to decommission legacy IT assets that are left behind. Furthermore, more professionals are concerned about guaranteeing secure wiping and destruction without data bearing assets ever moving past the 4 walls of the data center.

Data Center Decommissioning: Logistics

During the move to a cloud-based infrastructure, understanding the logistics of end-of-life IT assets is a definite challenge. Not to mention: how do those in charge ensure that not only security compliance is met, but also that maximum potential value is returned from legacy assets during the move?

How Sipi Asset Recovery helps data centers move to the cloud

It’s our job to make sure that your data center receives the attention it deserves during the decommissioning process, and we’re uniquely equipped to do that.

First, we simply don’t have a templated approach. We work directly with data center professionals to create the optimum level of service and blend of services that is required, instead of shoe-horning our clients into a pre-made service. Our services run the full spectrum of data center decommissioning services all the way from the per-service assessment to verified chain-of-custody and remarketing options leveraging our extensive contacts list.

Sipi’s Data Center On-Site Services bring specific advantages to you

Additionally, Sipi Asset Recovery can come on-site to your data center. Our licensed, trained, and seasoned IT technicians can perform services such as physical inventory, data erasure, on-site destruction, and audit reports — all within your 4 walls.

For more information on the variety of data center decommissioning and on-site services we provide, download our Data Center Services Overview or contact our team today!

Topics: Risk Management, Data Security