Server Life Expectancy

Are your company computers and servers 3 years or older? It might not be too late to make some money by replacing them as soon as possible.

Replacing a whole batch of IT equipment can seem useless and very costly, especially when the devices are still working… But that’s not always true, in fact, most of the time it possible to save and make money by having strong IT replacement policies.


What happens to your electronics after 3 years?

Laptops, desktops and servers have an average life expectancy of about 3 to 5 years, but that doesn’t mean that your equipment will fail once it has reached that milestone. It just means that the efficiency of the machines will start to decrease. Their storage is getting full and fatigue from years of use is starting to show.

Let’s not forget that technology is a fast growing and changing industry and that your equipment will get outdated very quickly. As manufacturers are producing more powerful and efficient technology devices, your equipment is losing monetary value.


Employee productivity

What are the consequences on your company’s productivity?

If the machines are slow, so are your employees. Let’s say that your employees are losing 10 to 15 minutes per day, waiting for programs to load, or email to send… Over the course of a year, that would actually add up to over 200 hours of lost productivity. You certainly don’t want that to happen.

There is also an increased risk of equipment failure. Having a computer or server die, would prevent one or more employees to do their work while the device is being replaced… That process could take some time and money that your company doesn’t necessarily have.


So what can you do?

Stay up-to date! Set your company policy to buy new electronic devices every 3 years and make money out of your used equipment by partnering with a recycling and refurbishing company.

Enabling a certified electronics recycler to buyout and de-install your machines while they still have worth, means the systems can still be turned around and re-sold.


What does refurbishing mean in the tech world?

Refurbish, in everyday language, is “to renew or to restore to a new condition and/or appearance”. In the computer world, refurbished equipment is not necessarily defective in any way; it may just be “old”. When hardware is refurbished, the components are examined and non-working parts are replaced. Definition by TechTarget.


What happens to the equipment after being refurbished?

Your electronics are now ready to be re-marketed or donated. You are not going to be able to sell them for the same amount of money you bought them, but you still might get a pretty sweet deal for your old technology. And some money is better than no money…

Asset Recovery companies such as ICT are here to help you through this process. ICT recovers about $2 million in IT equipment re-marketing for its customers, every year.

ICT will also make sure that all the parts that couldn’t be saved are recycled and disposed responsibly. So that’s a win-win situation… you keep old electronics out of landfills, and you’re making money. Pretty sweet, right?


Related read: Asset recovery – what you need for your old technology disposal

At ICT, transparency is key. Every technological device is processed by R2 certified staff in the ICT facility in the Boston area. ICT knows how important trust is and values its relationships with its customers. ICT cares about preserving our planet and helps companies all over the country to recycle E-Waste and protect their data.

Author Bio: Audrey Adam is the marketing manager at ICT. She has a background in journalism and blog writing.

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