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Nearly every enterprise has equipment that’s outdated but still useful. Google serves as a prime example. Since 2007, the company states it has avoided purchasing more than 90,000 new replacement servers by remanufacturing and repurposing its outdated ones, using those for services that don’t require high-end processing power. The result is a more eficient and environmentally friendly operation. Another possibility for some companies to deal with outdated but still useful equipment is working with a vendor that can repurpose or recycle it, a solution that can see the enterprise recouping some of
its expenses.

First Things First
If you’re looking to get rid of or repurpose old equipment, you irst need a better understanding of what equipment you have and how it’s being used.“You should identify and know what equipment you have on hand, what’s operational, and what’s been abandoned or is under- or unused,” says Brett Femrite, director of business development for
Rackmount Solutions (866/207-6631; “You can’t do much to get rid of unused equipment until you have completed a thorough audit and identiied what can be removed.” The inventory auditing process can be both tedious and time-consuming, as you’ll want to check out all equipment, including
fans, shelves, cables, and wires.

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Published: November 16, 2012
Last Revised: December 5, 2012

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