As with any large change initiative, decommissioning an enterprise data center comes with inherent risks. Organizations can mitigate these risks and achieve significant organizational, financial, environmental, and security benefits through proper planning and by taking a strategic lifecycle approach to technology.
Migration Decommission & Data Destruction
As with any large organizational change initiative, decommissioning an enterprise data center requires input from across departments, functional areas, and levels of seniority. Unfortunately, many enterprises tend to underestimate the full size, scope, and scale of the project. They may skip key phases during the planning stage of the process and jump straight into the …
Sphaera recently helped a multinational corporation decommission its 80,000 sq. ft. office space, engineering lab & data center in Portland, OR, relocate critical services to a smaller location and complete custom fit-up/build-out of the new facility. The project involved migration of apps, secure data destruction, custom fit-up and more.
Today’s enterprises are collecting, storing, and using more data than ever before. A 2022 IDG Research survey found that, on average, data volumes are growing by 63 percent per month across organizations. No matter the size of the enterprise, the threat of data leaks and breaches of sensitive information are among the top priorities for …
Decommissioning an enterprise data center is a large and complex project that requires hundreds of hours of effort and specialized expertise. IT departments are responsible for migrating applications and workloads, securing sensitive data, and physically removing IT assets from existing facilities, often within tight schedules and specified budgets. Once the assets are removed, however, enterprises …
Sphaera, Inc., based in Hillsboro, Oregon, is an IT Asset and Data Center Infrastructure Lifecycle Management company with a direct focus on data sanitization and destruction, asset recovery, logistics and install/refresh/de-install services. We have an outstanding track record of success with projects ranging in size from a few servers up to entire data center decommissions, conducted all over the globe.
Recently, Sphaera successfully completed decommissioning that comprised nearly all of the complexities that can be present in such a project; a host Data Center located on an island within the arctic circle, IT hardware and cabling removal, component-level inventory to affect return of leased assets and sale of owned assets, import/export and customs work for shipments bound for the US and to the UK, data sanitization and physical destruction, coordination of logistics via air and sea, restoration of leased space to original condition, inspection and return to landlord….all in 14 days.
While it may seem simple to tear out equipment, there are significant risks that must be accounted for when engaging in a data center decommissioning and migration project, including data breach of sensitive information, reputational damages and lost business, business continuity, uptime and impact on disaster recovery environment, as well as regulatory & compliance risks.
This white paper highlights some of the key lessons enterprise data center operators should know before decommissioning or migrating their data centers based on the experience gained from years of work with enterprises of all sizes.