Secure it asset reclamation

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Iron Mountain's Secure IT Asset Reclamation solution helps to safely repurpose decommissioned data center assets.

27 June 20226 min
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Business Challenge

As you seek to upgrade or replace your technology infrastructure, you will be required to retire some of your older IT assets. Yet, though you may have no further use for these assets, they may still hold some market value. And, if they still retain value, you might actually be paying someone to take away lucrative assets when that someone should, in reality, be paying you instead. Of course, these assets might still include confidential information that needs to be erased. This presents a definite challenge: You want to recover value by reselling your assets, but you also need to make sure you protect your private data. Failure to do so can expose your organisation to regulatory penalties, damaged brand reputation, and/or inadvertent disclosures. In addition, for those assets that do not have any resale value, you need to ensure proper destruction and maintain a safe and secure recycle plan.

What If You Could...

  • Confidently reclaim the value of your decommissioned assets?
  • Be sure that all sensitive information has been completely destroyed prior to remarketing these assets?
  • Dispose of your low-value data centre assets in an environmentally friendly manner that is compliant with strict mandates and industry regulations?

Industry fact: On average, the total weight of global electrical and electronic equipment consumption increases annually by 2.5 million metric tons according to the Global E-Waste Monitor. In 2021 alone, the world generated 63.3 million tons of electronic waste, which is equivalent to the weight of the Great Wall of China or approximately 16 pounds per person. That same year, only 17% of that e-waste was recycled. The rest of it was either stockpiled, shipped to a landfill, or sent offshore. The Global E-waste Monitor also predicts that global electronic waste (e-waste) will reach 74 million metric tons by 2030, almost doubling the amount of e-waste in just 16 years.

Iron Mountain Secure It Asset Reclamation

The Iron Mountain® Secure IT Asset Reclamation solution helps you safely repurpose decommissioned data centre assets such as servers, racks, storage systems, and networking components. With the help of this solution, you’ll reduce your Electronic Waste (eWaste) by remarketing a wide variety of IT resources, including everything from computers to old racks, cables, printers, and office equipment that may currently be taking up valuable space in your data centre. Plus, with services that include logistics, graceful shutdown or powering down, de-installation, removal, and processing, you can count on the fact that the entire procedure will be managed conveniently and securely.

Secure Chain Of Custody

With auditable verification and strict security practices that include GPS tracking, protected transportation, and a documented chain of custody, you’ll be aware of the physical location of your assets at all times. This way, you can be sure that your data will remain protected throughout the remarketing process. You’ll also have the flexibility to schedule services on a one-time or recurring basis, depending on your unique IT asset disposition needs.

Environmental Responsibility

By partnering with us, you’ll know your disposition strategy will meet the strictest compliance regulations, and you’ll be able to rest assured that your eWaste is never landfilled. With the e-Stewards® recycling process, your low value equipment will be managed in ways that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, cut pollution, and save both energy and resources, thereby helping you to minimise your organisation’s carbon footprint and providing you with the benefits of the positive brand recognition that comes with improving your green IT posture.


  • Reduction of your expenses through the reclamation of the remaining value of your decommissioned assets.
  • Peace of mind that your critical information can never be lost, stolen, or jeopardised in any way and that it is backed up through an auditable process that uses strict security practices.
  • Compliant, environmentally-correct disposal of potentially hazardous eWaste.

Secure It Asset Disposition Materials List

Data centre decommissioning options include physical inventory, server shutdown, cable pulling, media erasure and destruction, and asset redeployment. Assets that can be processed include:

  • IT equipment (desktops, laptops, servers, mainframes, printers, cable and wiring, etc.)
  • Office equipment (copiers, scanners, fax machines, phones, etc.)
  • Audio/visual equipment (televisions, projectors, speakers, etc.)
  • Consumer electronics (cameras, GPS devices, audio/ theater equipment, gaming devices, etc.)
  • Other assets (batteries, retail POS, medical test equipment, etc.)
  • Computer hard drives
  • CDs/DVDs
  • Backup tapes
  • USB cards and jump drives
  • SD cards
  • Microfilm/microfiche
  • ID badges
  • Bank cards
  • Photographs/audio and video tapes
  1. Medical and hasardous waste items are not accepted.

  2. Erasure and degaussing services also available for disk drives with or without destruction.

About Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM) provides information management services that help organisations lower the costs, risks, and inefficiencies of managing their  physical and digital data. Founded in 1951, Iron Mountain manages billions of information assets, including backup and archival data, electronic records, document imaging, business records, secure shredding, and more, for organisations around the world. Visit the company website at for more information.

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