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Responsible Enterprise E-Recycling: Staying Secure When Going Green

Companies are searching for new and better ways to become more sustainable. As talent and clients alike are looking to partner with environmentally conscious enterprises, finding the right responsible enterprise e-recycling solution is rising on the list of strategic initiatives. For those companies, the first step towards a greener culture starts in their data centers. More than 40 million tons of e-waste is generated annually across the globe. By reducing this waste, companies reduce carbon emissions, become more efficient in the data center, meet EPA standards and laws, and grow their corporate social responsibility presence. Unfortunately, many companies don’t have a defined enterprise e-recycling or IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) program. Going Green with an Enterprise E-Recycling Program Your hardware might be gathering dust in your data center, but that doesn’t [...]

New Year, New IT Budget—Spend Wisely

A new year means a new IT budget. You could spend time that you don’t have re-structuring your operations, tweaking your networks, cost-cutting infrastructure, and generally cutting corners—all for small percentage savings with no real guarantee. There’s lower-hanging fruit for cost-optimization. Rather than expend exorbitant time and effort, you could take more logical and efficient measures that don’t deplete your in-house resources and allow you to see more immediate results. Here's how to start the year off on the right foot and get some quick wins. Make Immediate Room in Your IT Budget Consider the following alternatives to how you currently leverage and maintain your virtual and physical infrastructure. Third-Party Maintenance OEM hardware support increases significantly in cost after EOL is announced. And this seeming monopoly often pressures you to [...]

Global ITAD Solutions Provider Arrow Electronics Exits ITAD

With global ITAD solutions provider Arrow Electronics announcing its intention to leave the IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) industry to focus on other divisions of its operations, Arrow Electronics ITAD clients are left to find new alternatives. This cost-cutting initiative to wind down Arrow’s ITAD operations by the end of 2019 in most of the countries the company currently operates in, including the United States and the United Kingdom. For multinational Arrow ITAD clients that valued its global presence, finding an ITAD solutions provider with the right global footprint to take its place before the end of the year might prove a challenge. Why Global Presence Matters in Your ITAD Provider For companies with a multinational presence, you need an ITAD provider that can be at your data center, no matter [...]

Data Destruction vs Data Erasure: To Shred or Not to Shred

Security doesn’t end when your hardware does. As you prepare to decommission equipment, you need to plan for your data security. Do you destroy the latent data or erase it? You must continue security best practices beyond the lifecycle use of your physical equipment. And the most critical part of that is deciding what to do with your hard drives and storage devices before final decommissioning. The question being: to shred or not to shred? What Are Your Restrictions? If your company is under compliance requirements to destroy all your hard drives, then, at this point, your answer is pretty straightforward. Erasure is out of the question, so punching or shredding become the only options for you to remain within compliance. However, if destruction-only compliance is not a factor—and you [...]

The Data Security Benefits of On-Site Data Destruction

There is no “out of sight; out of mind” when it comes to latent data. In the age of breaches, companies can’t take risks when it comes to data security and data destruction. Dispose of your hardware without properly sanitizing the drives first, and you leave your company open, not only to data breaches, but also to heavy fines and legal repercussions. It’s likely that you don’t have the in-house equipment or expertise to conduct proper sanitization yourself, so you will need to outsource these tasks to an external vendor. And if your compliance plans require on-site data destruction, then that vendor will need to come to you. Get Secure Data Destruction to Come to You There’s no need to move equipment off-site. You can bring data security directly to [...]

ISO Certifications: Standing Out in Safety and Efficiency

Certifications delivered by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) are a system of world-wide quality management standards focused on global, industrial, and commercial best practices for each industry. These quality certifications serve as a way to ensure that organizations across the world follow the same outlines and processes to maintain quality and ensure employee safety. Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) similarly establishes standards for workplace safety. By adopting and staying in compliance with these global standards, organizations demonstrate their dedication to maintaining effective operating procedures and meeting customer expectations. So what does it take to earn these certifications? Below, we’ll take a deeper look at the process and what difference these certifications make to you when you work with these certified organizations. ISO Certification Process CentricsIT maintains three [...]

Review of the 2018 Gartner Market Guide for ITAD

When it comes to IT Asset Disposition (ITAD), Gartner finds that IT leaders struggle most with data security and proper environmental recycling. The rapid growth of IoT and connected smart devices especially has forced users and vendors alike to rethink their traditional ITAD processes and security protocols. In response to these challenges, Gartner created the 2018 Market Guide for ITAD as a benchmark for current ITAD strategies and protocols. Compare your ITAD methodologies to Gartner’s recommendations to ensure that you have the best processes and vendors in place for your specific environments. The Current ITAD Landscape The ITAD industry has seen a gradual shift in product and global compliance requirements. Because of the dramatic increase of IoT, mobile, and connected smart devices, there is exponentially more critical data to sanitize [...]

Our Disruptive Approach to IT Lifecycle Management

The logistics necessary to sustain your enterprise IT lifecycle management processes are considerable. To continue production and keep your infrastructure optimized, you have to choose between one of two difficult options: Muscle through and coordinate IT operations yourself with your already-lean IT team. Outsource your IT operations to a large-scale management corporation. But which option should you choose? Working with What You’ve Got In-house management can be costly, stressful, and inefficient, especially if you already have a lean IT team. If it’s all you can do to keep your current IT infrastructure “well-oiled,” it becomes impractical to think about digital transformations or advances towards more complex cloud initiatives. Simply put, if your (very expensive W2) L5 engineers are stuck doing laptop battery troubleshooting, then they don’t have the time to [...]

2018 Gartner ITAD Market Guide: CentricsIT Among Profiled Vendors

Leading IT research firm Gartner has released its official market guide for IT Asset Disposition companies (ITAD) and profiled CentricsIT as a representative vendor. Gartner releases report titled, “Market Guide for IT Asset Disposition,” authored by analysts Rob Schafer and Christopher Dixon. The report was published on July 26, 2018. You must be a Gartner subscriber to access the full document (Gartner ID: G00355990). CentricsIT has been helping its clients make smarter decisions about their IT delivery for more than a decade. We are well known in the industry for our innovative approach to IT lifecycle management, which prioritizes asset value alongside security and environmental sustainability. When it comes to IT Asset Disposition (ITAD), our goal has always been to help our clients recoup the value of their retired assets [...]

What to Expect When Your Hardware is Approaching EOSL

You conducted extensive research, you did the necessary POC testing, and you judiciously procured server equipment for its proven performance rate and longevity. It has operated well for you, and it continues to do so. The corresponding OEM support is responsive and efficient. But OEM support won’t last forever. Eventually, your OEM will announce EOL on that line of equipment. This will drastically raise maintenance and support rates. Soon after, they’ll announce your hardware is approaching EOSL. EOL vs EOSL To clarify the difference between the two terms: End-of-Life, or EOL, indicates that the hardware has reached the end of its use life according to the manufacturer. The OEM stops marketing, selling, and refurbishing the product line. They will continue to offer maintenance on the existing EOL equipment for a [...]