School’s Out for Summer – Time to Audit Your IT Environment
As children prepare for the summer holidays and educational establishments wind down the academic year, take advantage of the opportunity to review your IT infrastructure and plan ahead.
With the end of the school year just around the bend, students have a welcome reprieve from the challenges of the past year. Likewise, IT and Facilities Departments at public, charter, and private schools in every state are surely glad to have some well-deserved breathing space.
Since the onset of the global pandemic, schools of all stripes have been under severe pressure to constantly adjust in response to the pandemic. Students and faculty have either shifted completely or partially to remote learning, which has placed an enormous burden on IT departments.
That’s why this summer is the ideal time to devote resources to a thorough and comprehensive IT audit.
Wisetek IT Asset Disposition (ITAD)
With the students at home and the facilities much quieter than during the school year, IT departments have a rare opportunity to perform an audit of their IT assets, including IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) damage.
If students have been assigned school-owned devices to continue with distance learning, for example, these devices may come back in a damaged or depreciated state. Multiply this by a hundred, a thousand or more for each student and it quickly becomes evident that there are logistical problems involved in the collection and tracking of each device. Moreover, the asset value recovery for each device can be laborious, which is why an overall ITAD strategy is essential to organize and streamline the entire operation.
Wisetek’s ITAD services include asset value recovery as well as assisting with audits, including a thorough physical inspection of each device. This allows us to provide your institution with an accurate estimate of its financial value so that you can decide whether it’s best to reuse the device, resell it or individual parts, or have it disposed of altogether.
We use a Circular Economy model which strives to benefit the environment while simultaneously minimizing waste and maximizing asset value recovery. Those devices that cannot be reused by your institution can be donated to charity and those that have reached their End of Life (EoL) can be disposed of responsibly.
For devices that must be disposed of, we will carry out a thorough and compliant data destruction operation such as hard drive shredding or degaussing to ensure that no data remains on the device. Clients are then issued a Certificate of Destruction along with video verification of the data destruction.
Data Center Decommissioning
While IT assets such as laptops and tablets given to faculty and students for remote learning tend to get much of the attention, institutions which use data centers to store sensitive records and data are worth considering during an audit.
Although many schools have outsourced their data centers to the ‘cloud’ with services such as Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure, many still prefer the privacy and security of hosting their data on-site. Naturally, the cost of maintaining, replacing, upgrading, and/or decommissioning a data centers must all be considered.
Wisetek provides comprehensive on-premises data center services which include a thorough inspection of the entire data center environment, followed by a comprehensive report on the condition and value of all IT assets therein. This report is particularly useful for institutions as it helps management strategize future ITAD requirements as well as giving decision-makers an accurate account of the total value of their IT assets.
Using our AudIT portal, clients can access real-time reporting which outlines the usage, temperature levels and all cable connections which trace to the data center. This can help your IT team better manage their available resources to improve efficiency.
We also provide complete data center relocation services should you ever need to securely move an entire data center from one room to another, one building to another, or even across county or state lines to another location. Every IT asset in the data center is carefully disassembled, securely packaged, and transported using reliable logistics providers. Our team will then assist with the reinstallation process to ensure the data center is back up and running just as it was before.
For institutions that wish to move away from on-site data centers, we offer complete data center decommissioning services as well. We remove all equipment and thoroughly destroy all data stored therein using specialized on-site shredding or degaussing equipment. Parts and components that can be salvaged and reused are either refurbished or remarketed and sold, thereby maximizing your asset value recovery potential.
See You in September
When the summer holidays draw to a close and the Fall semester rolls around, welcome faculty and students back to a well-organized and prepared IT environment at your institution.
Wisetek can assist in all things ITAD, including auditing, device collection and logistics, data center decommissioning and more. From coast to coast across the United States, you can rely on our secure services for your educational institution.