All good things must come to an end, and this is especially true for your businesses servers. However, many times business owners are not aware of when they should sell their used servers. Do you sell it when it completely shuts down or when you notice things are slower?
If you do decide to sell the used servers, then how would you go about accomplishing this?
These are questions that are brought to us all the time. Today we are going to give you advice on what to look out for to determine if you should sell your used servers.
When it comes to technology, you should stay up-to-date. Older servers are more susceptible to hacks, viruses, and malware. If your systems are older, it would be wise to sell your used servers and buy a new one. This is especially true if your corporation plans to expand. As you take on more customers, it is crucial for you to increase security measures by buying newer technology that can handle the expansion.
Have you noticed your system is running a bit slower? Well, this could mean you are due for an upgrade! You can trade in your old servers and buy new ones. This way the cost of replacing them is much lower. When your system is running faster, your employees are more productive and efficient throughout the day. Having a higher performing server can help your business tremendously!
Need more space? Then sell those old servers that you are not using. If they are just sitting there collecting dust in a warehouse or equipment room, you might as well clear it out to make extra room for employees to work or to create more storage space. You can also make a second revenue channel if you do opt to sell used servers.
When you sell your server at a time when it is still running versus when it crashes it will yield a higher value. You can sell it for money and make your investment back because it is still useful. When it crashes the value of the server drops significantly. Also, waiting until your server crashes can cause the business to stop operations, and this ultimately could cost the company a lot of capital!
How to sell the used servers?
You can sell them with us!!! We are more than happy to buy your used servers from you. Big Data Supply also offers a wide variety of servers you can buy to replace the ones you are selling.
Big Data Supply is proud to sell used servers and is considered leaders in the market. If your company is looking to buy or sell used servers, you have come to the right place.
However, we don’t just sell used servers for a great price. We will recover your data center equipment for your organization. It does not matter the size! We can handle it and will make sure it is disposed of properly. All strategies we use are effective asset recovering methods that will make sure your company’s information is not in jeopardy or put into the wrong hands. If you need to purchase new or used equipment, give us a call. We offer fast shipping on most products as well! Our goal is to help you in any way we can. Fill out the contact form and we will reach out to you as soon as possible.
The answer to this question will depend on several key factors, but basically, it's about supply and demand: if someone is still willing to buy your server, then it should be worth something.
Fortunately, in this internet age, it's now fairly easy to determine the resale value of your server (or any IT equipment): simply check for similar used units on marketplaces like eBay or Amazon and look at the average market price.
To do so, you need to identify several key factors:
- Brand: some brands are more popular (and in-demand) than others, and so they may have higher resale value. Popular brands for servers are IBM, HPE, and Dell.
- Model: some models are more expensive than others (i.e., some brands may differentiate their models into different tiers).
- Age: when the server was released by the manufacturer. The newer a server is, the higher the resale value will be.
- Condition: whether the used server is still performing well, whether there's any defect, etc. Obviously, the better the condition is, the more expensive it will be.
If there's any visible serial/part number on the server unit, then you can simply Google the serial number to determine the brand/generation/model of the server, so you'll only need to assess its condition.
A crucial consideration when selling a used corporate server is that depending on the industry you're in, you may be subject to specific regulations, and you'll need to consider:
- Secure data eradication: if your server contains sensitive/regulated data, you'll need to ensure data stored within the server has been securely wiped and is unrecoverable. If you are in a heavily regulated industry, you may be required to obtain a Certificate of Data Destruction to ensure compliance.
- Sustainability: you may also need to ensure compliance with relevant sustainability regulations and standards. You may be required to only sell to accredited ITAD (IT Asset Disposition) companies with R2 and RIOS certifications, or companies with ISO 14001 accreditation.
- Audit trail: you may be required to keep full documentation of the server's lifecycle from the moment you've purchased the server until it's sold or disposed of.
You must take every care to sell or dispose of your used servers securely, or you may risk facing hefty legal fines and damaging your business's reputation.
The easiest and most viable way to sell your used corporate server is to sell through an accredited ITAD company like Big Data Supply Inc., which specializes in secure data erasure, recycling, transport, and proper documentation of used IT assets.
How long does a server last?
Provided the hardware is maintained well, the average lifespan of servers is around 5 to 8 years. Most organizations and individuals tend to start looking to sell their existing servers after the 5-year mark, but when maintained well and if it's installed in a good physical environment, a server can last up to 8 years before you may need to start looking for a replacement.
Also, you may not need to sell or replace the whole server. A server's hard drives tend to be the first ones to fail, so you can simply replace the existing hard drive with a new one to prolong the server's lifespan. If the server uses traditional HDDs (with spinning motorized disks), you may want to switch the HDD with a new one around the 4-year mark. However, if the server is using newer SSDs (Solid State Drives), you may be able to stretch the drive's lifespan a bit further.
Also, keep in mind that the value of hard drives tends to go down faster than the actual server unit, so it's typically better to swap and sell the old hard drives earlier (around four years in).
Yes, servers can be recycled, and there are ITAD companies like Big Data Supply Inc. that are certified for eco-friendly server recycling and asset management.
While we'd recommend selling the old, unused server for extra cash, there are indeed cases where recycling is the best (at least, the preferred) option for the server's owner.
When recycling a server, however, it's crucial to consider that electronic waste may pose a potential environmental threat, and you may be subject to specific environmental regulations. Your server may contain toxic materials, including but not limited to lead, beryllium, cadmium, mercury, and hexavalent chromium.
Not to mention, improper recycling and/or disposal of your server may result in the data stored within the drives being recovered via partial data recovery and accessed by unwanted parties.
With that being said, if you do decide to recycle or sell your old server, it's crucial to choose an ITAD specialist vendor that is certified for responsible recycling as well as secure data eradication.
By selling your used servers to an expert, you will know that your servers will be recycled appropriately and your data is totally safe from hackers and cybercriminals, giving you peace of mind.
You have three major options in selling your old and/or unused server:
- Finding your own buyers on peer-to-peer marketplaces (like eBay). You have the most freedom in setting your prices and "promoting" your used server, but it can be difficult to find the right buyer willing to purchase the goods at your terms.
- Listing your used server unit(s) on classified sites like Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or even Amazon. It's typically easier to find server buyers on these platforms when compared to on peer-to-peer marketplaces, but you'll have less freedom in setting your own price and terms.
- Selling your servers to specialist IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) companies that will take the IT equipment off your hands. The easiest and quickest option (and you can still sell your used server at a fair market price). A crucial aspect to consider is that these ITAD companies will also perform secure data eradication for you, which is important since your servers will most likely contain sensitive and/or regulated data.