Data Center Decommissioning


The end of the road. It’s something that happens to all data centers, whether it’s your own facility or a colocation space you’re sharing. The keys to a successful data center decommissioning come down to this: properly strategizing and executing in a way that doesn’t disrupt your business. 

Why Decomm? 

There are quite a few reasons for a data center decommission, including the need to replace IT equipment that has run its natural lifecycle, the need to modernize infrastructure for efficiency reasons or the simple fact that you’re migrating to a new data center or colocation space. Either way, when it’s time to move out, you want to leave the space as you found it. In the case of a colocation, it’s a requirement, not an option. 

It’s no secret that a data center decommissioning project can be as weighty and difficult as a new build. There are so many variables to keep track of that even the most seasoned IT infrastructure pros can find themselves lost in the details. First, there’s the project planning itself. Then, you need to perform an inventory of your existing IT equipment assets, perform chain of custody tracking, complete unracking, allot for IT asset disposal, pack up the equipment, ship it, sell off old gear and, oh yeah, it all needs to be done in compliance with environmental laws and best practices. 


Thankfully, you don’t have to do it all by yourself. Not only can a team of professional data center infrastructure experts build your new data center, they can handle shutting down an existing facility. A team like the one at Instor. 

With more than 30 years of experience in the data center decommissioning arena, Instor can help with virtually any type of facility – from on-premise to colocation – and we have the knowledge to help you assess the scope of the project and see it from start to finish. Our approach is meticulous and we maintain the highest level of security to protect your assets, properly disposing of outdated equipment that isn’t fit for reuse or recycling. 

Three Steps to an Easy Decomm

Step one: Before you undertake such a large project, it helps to get a sense of what’s involved. For that, we’ve created a decommissioning roadmap to help you see what long- and short-term steps are needed for a successful shutdown. Download our Decommissioning Roadmap here to get started. 

Step two: It’s critical to know which pieces of equipment will go and which ones will stay. To help you accurately capture the hardware in your facility, we’ve created the Asset Inventory Workbook, which you can download here

Step three: This one is the easiest. All you need to do is reach out to Instor and we’ll develop a strategy to fit your goals, timeline and budget, regardless of facility size. From there, we’ll help decommission your infrastructure on your timeline without breaking the bank or losing uptime to improper planning. 

When it’s time for a decomm, contact the pros at Instor and we’ll walk you through it, step-by-painless-step.