Iron Mountain secure data center decommissioning

Asset Lifecycle Management

Secure data centre decommissioning

The only way to truly protect your data

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Safe, secure, and sustainable data centre decommissioning

When the time comes to move or retire data-bearing IT assets from your data centres, it’s absolutely critical to securely and efficiently decommission those assets.

Hardware decommissioning can put a significant burden on your data centre. From the operational strain to the complex process, and the lack of streamlined execution to the risk of a data breach, you need an expert partner to handle it all.

Here’s how Iron Mountain can help you decommission assets correctly:

When you work with Iron Mountain, you can rest assured that the valuable data hardware that you need to be disposed of securely will be decommissioned reliably.

Data erasure

Don’t just throw out your data, make sure that it's erased completely whilst minimising environmental impacts and increasing asset recovery value by comprehensively sanitising every data-bearing device. Decommission even the largest data centres 7 – 10 times faster and virtually eliminate the risk of data loss.

IT asset remarketing

Drive your company’s return on investment and maximum asset value recovery by using our industry-leading asset remarketing capabilities.
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Environmentally responsible dispositioning

Iron Mountain ensures that all our decommissioning activities meet compliance and regulatory requirements.
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Secure chain of custody

Identify and track your sterilised assets with multiple checkpoints and secure logistics, from your site to world-class processing centres.

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How are we different?

Our team delivers reliable and secure expert end-to-end services, including consolidation and decommissioning data centre services. Whether you need to store your information with Iron Mountain or break down and responsibly dispose of all data centre assets, our team is here to provide these services. Increase your operational efficiency, work towards maximum ROI and ensure comprehensive data security. We offer:

Take a closer look at the process for yourself:

Iron Mountain takes pride in our wide range of safe and secure decommissioning services. Some of the assets that we process include:

Processes servers | Storage systems and devices | Networking gear | Computer tapes | Racking

A deeper dive into Iron Mountain’s data center decommissioning process.

Customer success story: hyperscale services provider


The arrival of new servers and storage, rapidly losing value while waiting for installation, placed a premium on accelerating asset decommissioning for this hyperscale services provider. While the nature of the business mandated maximum data security, the provider needed a return on investment from asset remarketing to help fund increased tech refreshes.


Iron Mountain’s custom sensitive data centre decommissioning service safely, securely, and efficiently executed comprehensive data erasure, uninstallation, removal, and secure shipment of equipment to state-of-the-art processing facilities for remarketing.


All racks were data-free and ready to be wheeled out four days after the project started. We removed all assets from the client site within two weeks. Remarketing the retired assets netted the client $4.4 million, helping to close budget gaps.

Data centre decommissioning project data points:

  • 297 racks
  • 121,893 drives (HDD, SSD, flash cards)
  • 100% of drives erased or securely destroyed, with certification
  • Data elimination complete in 4 days
  • All racks removed in 2 weeks
  • Client proceeds: $4.4M

Ready to protect what matters most and maximise your ROI?

We’ve outlined some of our most popular Secure Data Centre Decommissioning services, but we offer much more than just reliable disposal. At Iron Mountain, our priority is to fulfil your business needs and protect the information that matters most to you through every step of the IT asset lifecycle management process. Here are some secure IT asset disposition services that can assist your business in your data protection goals:

  • Settlement reports
  • Monthly audit reports
  • Certificates of erasure
  • Certificates of computer recycling
  • Certificates of shredding
  • Environmental reports

IT asset lifecycle management is a strategic approach that protects your data, ensures optimised use, maximises your return on investment, and minimises your environmental impact. We can be by your side every step of the way, from identifying new requirements and asset procurement to recycling materials that can’t be repurposed or resold.

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