What is ITAD (IT Asset Disposition)?

What is ITAD, exactly? ITAD, also known as IT Asset Disposition, is a secure and efficient way to retire unused IT assets to gain the maximum return in the data center.  At some point in your company’s IT lifecycle, you will need to retire unused assets.  Whether that is from refreshing an entire environment, moving/combining data centers, or consolidating your IT assets – it is an inevitable step. With the rapid growth of IoT and connected smart devices, users and vendors are forced to rethink traditional ITAD processes and cybersecurity protocols.  Many IT leaders currently struggle with data security and proper environmental recycling.

If you partner with a certified electronics recycler and IT asset disposition service provider, you guarantee that your retired IT equipment doesn’t become the weak link in your cybersecurity defenses.

So how do you manage your company’s IT assets?

At the beginning of an ITAD project, a comprehensive audit typically identifies the assets designated for disposition and facilitates proper asset management.  With our team of manufacturer specific product experts, you will receive fair-market appraisals on all decommissioned components to help your team assess the most comprehensive options for maximizing value.


Frequently Asked Questions about IT Asset Disposition (ITAD)

  • ITAD services complete the lifecycle of end-to-end data security, with data sanitization being the first step towards this completion. Before beginning the decommissioning process, your hardware should be organized into one of three different categories: – resale, reuse, or recycle.
    • Resale—Recover value from your retired assets by reselling hardware on the secondary market.
    • Reuse—Reinvest in your existing infrastructure by using what you can for spares.
    • Recycle—Dispose of any additional parts that have no value on the secondary market or in your data center by recycling with a certified responsible vendor.

Data erasure is a software-based process that completely overwrites the hard drive with random zeroes and ones, effectively obscuring any residual data left on the device under several layers of meaningless binary. Data destruction is the physical process of making a hard drive unusable for conventional equipment.  Most companies rely on punching and shredding machines to do the task.  Data erasure is applied to units with residual market value, whereas data destruction is leveraged for economical and compliance solutions.

This question’s answer depends on your specific hardware, compliance, and budgetary limitations. On-site services are typically more expensive, but they are faster and more secure.  However, they can also be difficult to schedule and require a secure, open space, power and cooling, and a dedicated network for the data erasure.

There are smaller, local shops that offer “e-cycling” services at a bargain price, but if these shops can’t show you legal documentation – or if they don’t have proper ISO or R2 certifications to guarantee your hardware is being properly recycled and disposed of – you will face the legal ramifications if your servers end up in a landfill or left to gather dust at a warehouse.

Companies have to deal with legal liability (such as class action lawsuits), reduced shareholder value, loss of partners and sponsorships, and loss of customer base.

Flexible and Customizable ITAD Programs

  • Regular Pick Ups

  • Disk Retention (STUDD)

  • Disk & Tape Shredding

  • Asset Appraisal

  • Disk Erasure

  • Secure Equipment Removal

  • Inventory Audits

  • Consignment Programs

  • Equipment Recycling

  • Employee Buyback Programs

Why CentricsIT?

CentricsIT helps companies located anywhere in the world of all sizes choose a secure and efficient way for HP Asset Recovery Services in order to gain maximum return in the data center.

When you approach CentricsIT with any HP asset recovery project, we first determine which option is best for your business. We can deploy advanced disk sanitization methods to erase your data to HIPAA and Department of Defense NISPOM standards or use disk destruction devices to obliterate your hard disks entirely with data erasure.

Regardless of the procedure you prefer, CentricsIT will provide you with a Certificate of Erasure or Destruction, backed up by our data security guarantee. All of our IT recycling practices meet or exceed EPA standards, and our data center expertise translates directly to our processes, which are among the most efficient in our industry.

The CentricsIT facility located at 3140 Northwoods Parkway, Suite 500, Norcross, GA has been independently audited and confirmed as being in conformity with ISO 14001:2015, Responsible Recycling© (R2) and ISO 45001:2018, in respect to the scope of data destruction, audit resale and recycle. Additionally, the CentricsIT office located in Suite 700 of the same address is ISO 9001:2015 certified, in respect to IT hardware reselling services, hardware rentals and services that include hardware maintenance, hardware installations and data center moves.

Being certified in ISO 14001:2015, R2v3, ISO 45001:2018 and ISO 9001:2015 reflects upon our commitment to quality. Our reliable services help companies increase productivity and reduce costs by minimizing wasted resources and procedural errors.

Why CentricsIT for your IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) Services?

Onsite Data Erasure & Destruction Services

Onsite Data Erasure & Destruction Services

If your security protocols call for onsite destruction, CentricsIT deploys a mobile disk shredder or advanced data erasure technology to your location.  Our team of ITAD professionals will safely and permanently wipe or destroy your retired disks, safeguarding all data, and we provide a Certificate of Destruction for all services to ensure compliance during any audit. E-waste is handled according to R2/RIOS specifications.

Secure Equipment Removal

Secure Equipment Removal

Our commitment to quality is demonstrated by the way we handle your assets at every stage of the disposition process. We handle your equipment like we would our own inventory. Once your data is destroyed and your equipment is ready for remarketing or recycling, or if the project calls for offsite data destruction, our chain-of-custody logistics services ensure the highest levels of security during equipment removal and transport.

Strategic Value Recovery Options

Strategic Value Recovery Options

Our dedicated product specialists will help you identify which of your IT assets have value on the secondary market, and we’ll often augment your equipment with our own inventory to further increase its value.  We offer flexible remarketing options to help our clients gain ROI, including direct purchase, revenue sharing programs, and credit toward future CentricsIT orders

Certified Green Disposal Methods

Certified Green Disposal Methods

We ensure every usable or remarketable piece of equipment is repurposed. For components that are true candidates for recycling, CentricsIT takes every step required to guarantee responsible recycling practices. All recycling of non-hazardous materials and e-waste is performed according to all R2/RIOS and ISO14001 specifications.

IT Asset Disposition Success Stories

“It’s always nice to get more than what you want AND save money!

“We discussed with our CentricsIT rep exactly what we needed, and they came back to us with more than we initially were looking at buying and saved us over 60%. We were amazed!”– IT Manager, Large Southeast Manufacturing Company

“CentricsIT stood out immediately because of their pricing. They blew the other companies out of the water. Furthermore, their customer service and attention to detail was fantastic. Our rep is available to us 24/7. You could even say that he’s an extension of our IT team.”

IT Director, Global Company in Software Vertical

“Price was definitely the biggest factor, but I have to say that I am always impressed with how quickly I get a response when requesting a quote from CentricsIT. With CentricsIT, I usually get a quote back within 30 minutes or at the very least, by end of business day. That’s a great way to do business.”

Enterprise Network Engineer, Global Company in Healthcare Industry

Trust in the Experts for ITAD

Once you hand your equipment over for disposition, CentricsIT handles the entire process from beginning to end. Our certified engineers perform an audit and thorough inspection of the equipment you are retiring and provide you with a detailed report. If your goal is to consign your equipment through our revenue sharing program, manufacturer-specific market experts will evaluate the current value of each asset and provide you with a detailed appraisal.

As your equipment sells, our expert logistics team hand-packs each shipment using specially designed packaging to provide maximum protection during transport. Our logistics team also handles customs globally— meaning your assets can be sold and shipped anywhere in the world. And we report monthly with the status of your assets and updated revenue information.

Stop letting money sit in a corner gathering dust. Contact CentricsIT today for a free, no obligation quote to understand your options and uncover the hidden value in your data center.

Your Data Security is Our Priority.

Request a free quote today to learn more about what ITAD is and how CentricsIT can help with our IT Asset Disposition services.