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Get the best value for used IT hardware when working with an ITAD (IT Asset Disposal) company to dispose of decommissioned servers, switches, routers, or computer tape.
  • Recycling Used Servers

    Recycle Your Old ServersWith the growing emphasis on reducing an organization's carbon footprint, today's IT professionals are responsible for finding ways to dispose of used servers in ways that are more friendly to the environment.

    Often, a data center that needs to get rid of servers no longer in use, will contact a company that specializes in ITAD (IT Asset Disposition). Recycling a decommissioned server generally involves parting out the hardware to components including the drives, memory, fans, power supplies, and network adapter cards that can be used again. If the chassis or board is too old for resale, it is recycled responsibly with a qualified electronics recycling vendor.

    Is there way to recycle used servers for free? Yes!

    World Data Products has a used server buyback program. We buy packages of server and networking equipment from data centers. If the list of hardware has enough value left in the components, we coordinate and pay for shipping to our facility. If the hardware is too old and would cost more to ship than the components are worth, we will recommend local disposal with an electronics recycling firm. Brands we look for include used Dell, HP, IBM, and Cisco UCS servers.

    Here's how it works:

    1. Create a list of the server hardware you wish to recycle. Be as specific as possible, how many, which kind, and capacity of drives? How many and which processors? How much memory is there in each server, power supplies etc.?
    2. Assess your company's data security policy. Will your company be responsible for data destruction, or will World Data Products need to provide data/media destruction or shredding services? We perform a thorough audit of the equipment, resetting the configuration back to its original factory settings. All drives are tested and formatted. Additional erasure or destruction requirements must be agreed on in advance.
    3. Get the specifics on shipping. World Data Products arranges and pays for the shipping. We can even coordinate packing when necessary. Is the data center on the 12th floor with no access to packing materials? If there is enough value in the equipment, we can get it done.
    4. Send us your list. Upload your list in one of these document or spreadsheet formats (xlsx, docx, txt, rtf), or just paste the text into our "sell servers" contact form.

    Recycling is a great way to keep old hardware out of the landfills. Selling decommissioned equipment to an ITAD professional enables your department to recycle server equipment and potentially make money at the same time.

    World Data Products buys used servers, networking equipment, and storage from many brands including Cisco, Dell, HP, UCS, IBM, Super Micro, EMC, NetApp and others. We also buy and sell IP phones, wireless access points and controllers.

    Questions? Call 888-210-7636 or contact one of our IT Hardware Specialists today for a free consultation.

  • Selling surplus IT hardware in 2017?

    Is it time to sell surplus or decommissioned IT hardware?

    Surplus IT Hardware We'll Send the Truck!

    We can help!

    World Data Products buys used switches and routers, servers, storage arrays and enclosures, computer tape, drives, and entire tape libraries. For nearly thirty years, we have been helping organizations capture more return on investment from IT assets. Companies sell server hardware to World Data Products because we make the IT Asset Disposition process easy!

    Here is how it works:

    Click here to send your equipment list in our contact form. Please include as much detail as possible regarding quantities and configuration. After a quick review, we will send an offer or contact you with any questions. Once there is an agreement on the equipment list and package price, we coordinate and pay for shipping to our facility.

    We buy used servers, networking equipment, and storage from many brands including Cisco, Dell, HP, UCS, IBM, Super Micro, EMC, NetApp, Arista Networks and others. We also buy and sell IP phones, wireless access points and controllers.

    Looking to buy something more current? Need it fast? Our extensive inventory enables us to receive orders and sell server configurations that can ship same day.

    Whether the package is a few servers or an entire data center, World Data Products will make the process of selling your surplus servers or used networking equipment a breeze!

    We are seeing a lot of buying and selling activity in used Cisco Catalyst switches and routers including the ASA 5505, 5506, 2960x, 3560, C3560x, C3750 and 3850 models. Used servers by Dell, HP, IBM and UCS arrive at the dock regularly. After a thorough testing and cleaning process, they ship out as a refurbished, custom-configured server.

    To discuss selling IT hardware to World Data Products, use our contact form  or call us at 888-210-7636 today!

  • Total Data Eradication for Computer Tape

    Recycling used or new surplus computer tape has never been easier. Not only is it environmentally friendly, selling old or surplus tape has another benefit: Instead of paying for disposal, companies can profit from the sale of decommissioned tape.

    Best of all, World Data Products guarantees total data eradication.

    Not all computer tape resellers have the standards required for total data eradication. Some companies simply rewrite the tape header. In this case, the tape drive will consider the tape to be empty because the header is clean, but the data is still there. This means that there is still a chance the data on the tape could be read. Other companies overwrite a portion of the tape but don't erase the entire tape from end to end. Data Erasure is a time-consuming process that can take up to two hours per LTO tape.

    This is our process at World Data Products:

    1. Audit the tapes by Volser. This audit is compared to the list of tapes that are approved to be destroyed. While this might seem to be an unnecessary step, we can assure you that many tapes are accidentally destroyed when an audit is not performed.
    2. Overwrite each tape from end to end.
    3. Read and write each tape from end to end.
    4. Provide a certification letter. This will serve as proof that the data on the tapes was completely eradicated, tracing each tape by Volser.

    To learn more about the World Data Products Total Data Eradication Guarantee, request a short consultation with a Certified Tape Specialist. Also, take a look at our other Tape Library Services including data migration and secure transportation.

     

  • Free disposal of used servers

    Free Server DisposalYou ordered new hardware but the data center is still full of used servers, and you're not sure how to recycle them? IT professionals are faced with the task of keeping the rack refreshed with high-performance hardware, and getting the most out of the asset recovery process when the time comes to sell or recycle.

    What if we told you that there is a way to get rid of decommissioned servers safely for free? Better yet, you could make money by selling those used servers, drives, and processors?

    That's right! You can sell used servers and make money in the process by partnering with World Data Products. After all, we've been helping companies with IT Asset Disposition for thirty years.

    Are you saying that I should sell my old servers?

    Yes, and here are some good reasons to consider: When you sell your decommissioned hardware rather than paying for it to be put in a landfill, you’re recycling those components. And, you’re enabling another company to find the legacy servers or refurbished parts that they need. As a bonus, you may be able to put money back into your budget and increase the return on investment for the IT department. For some server packages, we will even pay for servers or networking equipment with broken components to salvage the parts that still have value. Best yet, the gear is gone, your problem is solved.

    What about data security or total data eradication services?

    Questions about security and data destruction are becoming more common every day in our business. Selling your old servers to a reputable IT reseller is very safe. Depending on the quantity, type of drives, and security requirements of your business, it's possible that your company will want to wipe the data at your facility. In some buyback situations with high quantities of drives or projects where sensitive data is involved, data eradication can be purchased as an optional service. World Data Products can manage onsite or offsite data eradication or destruction. Whatever works best for your department, we can help!

    Why select World Data Products as your IT buyback partner?

    Since 1987, World Data Products has been helping organizations capture more return on investment from IT assets. Plus, we make the process easy! Are the servers wrapped on a pallet at your dock? No problem! Need help with optional packing services to get the shipment ready to go? We can do that too!

    Fill out the Sell Hardware Form or give us a call at 1-888-210-7636. When it's time to sell used servers, we can help!

  • What is Total Data Eradication?

    Are you considering Certified Computer Tape for your organization and wondering how a tape reseller can guarantee that all of the sensitive data has been removed? Or, perhaps you are looking to sell old computer tape and want to be confident that your data will be eradicated before the tape is resold. The answer is Total Data Eradication.

    What is Total Data Eradication and what does it involve? Total data eradication is a comprehensive data removal process used by the most qualified tape services companies to erase information. It's important to recognize that not all tape resellers use the total data eradication method to ensure that tapes are in like-new condition. Total data eradication is a multi-step process that includes the following steps:

    • Onsite tape audit. The total data eradication process starts with an onsite audit of Volser numbers on the tapes you wish to sell. A list of audited tapes is compared with the list of tapes you intend to sell and wipe clean to ensure there aren't any discrepancies. Once the reseller is certain that they have the right tapes, they transport those tapes in a secure truck or shipping container back to the warehouse. Tapes that are waiting to be destroyed are kept in a safe and secure location until they are ready to go through the data eradication process.
    • Warehouse tape audit. Once the tapes arrive at the reseller's warehouse, they are audited a second time to ensure that all tapes are accounted for and that only the right tapes are scheduled to have their data destroyed. The second audit list is sent to the client for data eradication approval. Once approval is received, the data eradication process begins.
    • Tape overwriting. Many of today's high-tech tapes cannot be degaussed (erased) to remove data. Instead, these tapes are overwritten with generic data to wipe out any proprietary data that might exist on them. It is essential that the overwriting process be completed from end-to-end on each tape. This process may need to be repeated multiple times to ensure complete overwriting of the original data.
    • Read and write testing. After a tape is overwritten in the total data eradication process, it is necessary to test that tape to make sure that only the overwritten data remains. To do this, each tape is read to make sure that all sensitive data is removed. If a tape is found to contain bits of the original data, the tape is run through the overwriting and reading steps again.
    • Testing for errors. The final step in the total data eradication process is to test each tape for errors. Quality Certified Computer Tape that has completed the total data eradication process will not contain any permanent or gross errors, a fact that even new computer tape can't boast.

    Total data eradication is what makes the difference between quality certified computer tape and the other used tape products. More about Total Data Eradication by Volser here. We also offer media destruction and onsite erasure services as well.

    To learn more about how computer tape from World Data Products can benefit your organization, request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a Certified Tape Specialist today!

     

  • How to Dispose of Cisco Networking Equipment

    Looking to sell used Cisco switches and routers?

    stack of refurbished cisco switches Used Cisco switches ready to be refurbished in our tech center

    Do you have Cisco networking hardware in the rack that you want to sell or recycle? Not sure how to dispose of it? Let's take a look at the options for disposing of that surplus or decommissioned Cisco gear. Here we go!

    Option #1: Do nothing. OK, that’s a bad option. Hiding used Cisco products somewhere around the office or the data center storeroom isn't an effective solution for the IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) problem.

    Option #2: Pay a company to dispose of your Cisco networking equipment for you. A fairly common way of getting rid of used networking equipment is to pay an electronics recycling company to take it and recycle it responsibly. While this gets rid of the problem, the service comes at a price and doesn’t do anything to help the bottom line or increase the return on investment.

    Option #3: Sell the switches or routers on your own. Is your company a sales organization? Do you have the time to deal with listing, marketing, selling, packing and shipping networking equipment?

    Option #4: Sell the used Cisco networking equipment to World Data Products! Hint: This is the best option. Why?

    1. The used switches, routers, and wireless products go away within days of contacting us.
    2. Your company can make money in the process.
    3. It’s easy, we take care of the logistics.
    4. With thirty years of experience, we are reliable and one of the most active used Cisco equipment buyers in the industry.

    Disposing of used Cisco IT assets doesn't have to be hard, expensive, or time-consuming. Selling networking or server equipment to World Data Products will save you time, money and the hassle of other disposal methods. We have been doing this since 1987, let's get it done!

    We are currently seeing a lot of buying and selling activity for the following used Cisco Catalyst switch models: 2960 and 2960x, 3560, C3560x, C3750g, the 3750 and the newer 3850. 2900 series routers, and Adaptive Security Appliance firewalls such as the ASA 5505 and ASA 5506 are popular as well.

    To discuss how to sell used Cisco network equipment, use our form to contact a Cisco Networking Specialist  or call us at 888-210-7636 today!

  • Dispose of Old Servers for Free

    Every few years, IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) professionals are tasked with the responsibility to dispose of decommissioned or surplus server equipment. Many companies pay an electronics recycling company to take away used servers instead of handling disposal themselves. Electronics disposal can be expensive and there is a better way.

    used servers IT Asset Disposition made easy!

    What if we told you that you could get rid of your old servers quickly, and potentially make a profit in the process? If it's old, like, really old, there may be no value left for resale. We will help you determine which hardware can be resold, picked up at no cost to you, or sent to your local recycling company if that is the only option left.

    Choosing the right server reseller is the key to success. For thirty years, World Data Products has been helping organizations capture more return on investment from IT assets. Plus, we make the process easy!

    We buy used servers, networking equipment, and storage from many brands including Cisco, Dell, HP, UCS, IBM, Super Micro, EMC, NetApp and others. We also buy and sell IP phones, wireless access points and controllers.

    To learn more about how to sell used servers and avoid paying a disposal company to haul it away, call 888-210-7636 or contact one of our IT Hardware Specialists today for a free consultation.

  • Dispose of Your Network Hardware for Free

    Dispose of Your Network Hardware for FreeAt some point during your career as a networking professional you will face the question of what to do with your old networking equipment. Many IT pros wind up paying an electronics recycling company to take away their old gear instead of handling the disposal themselves. Doing so provides ensures that the old gear goes away quickly, but electronics disposal can be quite expensive, making it an unattractive option from a financial perspective.

    What if I told you that there is another option and that it won’t cost you a penny and that you could make money on the deal? I imagine that you would assume that I am joking or that there was some kind of catch. In reality, I’m quite serious—you can dispose of your old networking equipment and make money in the process.

    Would you be interested? Of course, you would—what networking professional wouldn’t be?

    Today we are going to explore the idea of selling your used networking equipment rather than paying someone to haul it away.  Yes, I just suggested that you sell your old switches, routers and firewalls. Here’s why: When you sell your old networking gear rather than paying for it to be recycled, you’re keeping those electronics out of a landfill. At the same time, you’re giving another company the chance to buy the legacy networking equipment that they need. The reseller will pay you for your old gear—sometimes even if some of it is broken if they want to use it for parts—and you no longer have to worry about what to do with it.

    Are you wondering if selling your old networking equipment is safe?

    This is a very common question. Yes, selling your old networking equipment to a reputable third party reseller is very safe. You can ask the reseller to wipe out any sensitive information contained on your system (although this will usually cost you something) or simply remove any components you feel necessary and sell all of the rest of the system components instead. The choice is yours and you should choose whichever option makes you feel the most confident about your decision to sell rather than pay for disposal.

    Wondering about how to go about selecting a reseller partner?

    The key is to look for an established and reputable company that treats its customers well. Ask colleagues and co-workers for feedback on a particular company's business practices. Check out user forums and spend some time reading customer reviews. Ask the reseller for references, preferably in your industry. Visit the Better Business Bureau website and check out how the company has handled any reported disputes. Trust your gut. If a reseller balks at giving you references or gives you the run around in any way during the sales process, move on. Remember, a company will never treat you better than when you are a new potential client.

    Curious about selling your used switches and routers, but unsure of where to begin?  Check out How to Sell Used Networking Equipment for some pointers.

    Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed learning how to dispose of your used networking hardware for free--and how to make a little money in the process.

    To learn more about how to sell your used networking equipment and avoid paying a disposal company to haul your it away, call 888-210-7636 or contact one of our IT Hardware Specialists today for a free consultation.

  • How to Sell Used HP Servers

    How to Sell Used HP ServersYou just completed a server upgrade! Now, your data center has used HP servers to dispose of and you're responsible for ITAD (IT Asset Disposition) so you know that there’s a thriving market for used HP servers.

    With that in mind, you will want to get some return on investment for those servers that are only one or two generations behind the current offerings.

    So, what is the process for your company to sell servers to World Data Products?

    First, make a list of your servers and configurations. Compile the information in a text document or a spreadsheet. This will speed up the process for us to make an offer. Note the amount and type of processors, drives, memory, network adapters, and anything else special in the configuration.

    Next, fill out our contact form to sell hardware, we will respond and get your list, review the list, and make an offer.

    That's it! It's an easy process. Once an offer is made and there is a hardware buyback agreement, we coordinate and pay for the freight. We have been doing this for thirty years and make the IT Asset Disposition process a smooth, professional experience.

    Questions? Call 888-210-7636 or contact one of our IT Hardware Specialists today for a free consultation.

  • How to Sell Used Cisco Equipment

    How to Sell Used Cisco EquipmentDid you realize that there's a market for your used Cisco equipment? It's true. Today's enterprise organization is looking for ways to stretch its IT budget and a powerful way to do this is by buying and implementing used networking equipment rather than buying new. If you have used Cisco networking equipment to get rid of, that means you could be sitting on a pile of money you didn't even know about.

    What is the value of your used Cisco gear? Thie first step to selling your used Cisco equipment is to get a realistic idea of its current market value. Keep in mind that newer used gear will bring a higher asking price, but even legacy equipment can be sold at a decent price, provided that the gear is in working condition.

    If you're wondering how to go about getting an accurate idea of what your used Cisco equipment is worth, you're in luck! Here are the three steps you will need to complete before you consider selling your gear:

    • Create a detailed inventory of all the Cisco equipment you wish to sell.
    • Do some research online to find out what each piece you want to sell is currently going for.
    • Get at least two or three quotes on your gear from reputable rsellers to get a sense of the going rate on each piece of equipment.
    How do I choose a Cisco equipment reseller partner? Choosing the right equipment reseller can directly affect your experience with selling your used gear. Choose the wrong organization and you could find yourself getting the runaround when it comes to getting a bid for your gear or in securing payment. On the flip side, choosing a reliable reseller can make the selling and payment process a breeze. Here's what I recommend you do for each potential reseller partner that you are considering.
    • Ask questions. The only way to get information on an organization's hardware recycling practices and it's handling of sensitive data is by asking. If you get any resistance to answering your questions or get a noncommittal answer, take your business elsewhere.
    • Ask for references. Any reputable organization should be able to provide you with references that you can call for input. Moreover, any credible organization should be willing to provide references. Beware any organization that gives you the run around about asking for references.
    • Shipping. Find out how your potential reseller partner handles the shipment of your used Cisco equipment. Will your organization be required to transport the used gear to the reseller's location? If so, do you have the packaging and facilities to handle such a requirement? Or will the reseller send a truck to pick up your equipment and do they have packaging materials that they will bring to your location to pack up and ship the gear safely? Do you need to ship your gear using a specific freight carrier or shipping method? Knowing these details at the outset will help you compare potential reseller partners side-by-side.
    • What if some of your gear is bad? Once you ship your gear to your reseller partner, they will conduct an initial audit of each piece of equipment to ensure it's good before they cut you a check. What happens they determine that some or all of your used Cisco networking equipment is bad? Find out how the company identifies "bad" units, what testing procedures are completed on those units and how you will be notified. Will the reseller attempt to fix broken equipment for a small fee? Do you need to pay for disposal of the defunct units? How does the reseller dispose of bad gear?

    Questions? Call 888-210-7636 or contact one of our IT Hardware Specialists today for a free consultation.

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