Leading Data Center Decommissioning Capabilities

SLS is a key player in helping companies manage ongoing technology shifts in data centers. Our record of success includes working with businesses and major cloud companies to provide periodic decommissioning of older data center equipment. In addition, we work with businesses who are closing down corporate data centers as work moves to the cloud.

We provide bulk on-site data destruction services, and provide complete resell and recycling services for retired data center equipment. SLS proactively develops solutions for our client’s emerging data center technologies.

Types of Data Center Decommissioning Projects


  1. Staged decommissioning of older equipment
  2. Decommissioning/shut down of stand alone corporate data centers
  3. Cage clean-outs at co-located sites
  4. On-site data destruction services – including erasure, degaussing and bulk hard drive shredding projects
  5. Micro-modular data center (MMDC) decommissioning

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Hyperscale Data Center Services

Cloud providers trust SLS to systematically decommission rack servers, blade servers, SANs and data center infrastructure. SLS resourcefully resells surplus equipment and components and responsibly recycles equipment with no remaining useful life. Bulk shredding of hard drives provides a quick, cost effective and secure method to ensure data security.

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Micro Modular Data Center (MMDC) Decommissioning

At the same time that hyperscale data centers are being constructed to process and store big data, there is a need to keep some data processing capability adjacent to population centers for faster response times. Edge data centers, or MMDCs, provide this proximity. SLS provides turn-key decommissioning of these satellite data centers when they have outlived their useful life.

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Corporate Data Center Decommissioning

As data transitions to the cloud, companies are permanently shutting down their corporate data centers. SLS helps in decommissioning data center equipment, pulling cables and removing any support structure, such as UPS, HVAC equipment and server racks.

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On-Site Hard Drive Shredding

Most data centers require data to be destroyed while hard drives and tapes are still in their custody and control.  SLS offers data destruction solutions for small and large projects. Our mobile shred trucks destroy up to 3000 hard drives per day, at the data center.

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Services Offered by SLS

A successful decommissioning project requires effective planning, coordinated efforts and when applicable, assurances that the live environment will not be disrupted. The steps outlined provide a quick checklist of things to consider to manage the decommissioning project and ensure all off-site activities are properly managed.

SLS minimizes disruption through defined processes and good project management. Our defined processes ensure data is destroyed consistent with client requirements, that inventory is accurately audited and tracked and a plan is in place to eliminate unnecessary storage costs and to reduce logistics and shipping costs.


  1. Validate and decommission equipment and racks
  2. Asset list reconciliation
  3. Pull hard drives, on-site data destruction
  4. Pack and ship assets
  5. Refurbish assets
  6. Redeploy or resell assets
  7. Recycle obsolete or proprietary equipment

Details on Decommissioning Steps

Data Center Decommissioning White Paper

With limited data center operating space, there is no room for unused items to remain in the facility. Therefore, data center decommissioning is an important part of managing a data center. Those with strong decommissioning programs can maximize the return value of their devices, ensure all replaced equipment is removed, and ensure secure and responsible disposition.

This white paper provides an overview of how to plan for data center decommissioning projects.

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Benefits of Using SLS

SRS technicians at data centerComplete decommissioning, data destruction, asset resale and recycling, all from a single vendor.  We handle it all, giving you:

  • The convenience of working with a single vendor
  • Confidence that data is destroyed and inventory is accurately counted
  • Advanced refurbishment capabilities which helps increase asset and component reuse, and decrease the need for recycling
  • Access to our expert remarketing team and their proven resell program
  • Top dollar in resale in the secondary market
  • Assurance that your obsolete equipment is recycled responsibly
  • A sustainability success story – the reuse and recycling of electronics decreases demand for resources used to produce new products and reduces landfill volumes

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Decommissioning Checklist

Do you have an upcoming decommissioning project? Download our “Checklist for Selecting a Decommissioning Vendor” for ideas on how to evaluate potential service providers.

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RFI / RFP Template

Data center managers may find our “RFP Template for IT Asset Disposition” helpful. It provides more sample vendor questions for compliant data destruction, reuse and recycling of IT assets.

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