Data Center Decommissioning Checklist
Reduce risk and protect your brand
Author: Jeremy Schaller
1: First Dialogue
Identify, engage, and set up channels for communication with all relevant stakeholders (make a contact list early)
Then, assign a project manager, develop a budget, write out a detailed scope of work, and create a timetable estimate
3. Network Discovery
As inventory logs easily become out of date, map your network with a quality network discovery tool
4. Physical Discovery
Automated tools can easily miss important network assets, so it's important to do a thorough physical audit
5. Double Verify
Many times, physical audits miss assets; have every audit item double verified by someone else
6. Cross Reference
Now reconcile your physical audit against your network audit to validate your inventory list
7: Compile Map
Make your tangible hardware map:
location device name, IP address, vendor name, model, hardware technicals, software assets, etc.
8. Expert Review
Review the map with all CMDBs, discovery outputs, and physical audits with experts
9. Finalize Map
Final meeting of the minds to finalize all dependencies with hardware, VMs, infrastructure, software etc.
10: Action Steps
Put together the implementation plan. Who will do what? What needs to be avoided? Final asset destinations?
11: Commission Equipment
Commission tools like fork lifts, pallets, packing foam, hoists, tip guards, etc.
12: Asset Tagging
Tag everything for future location, processes, and responsibilities
13: Cancel Contracts
Cancel maintenance contracts for anything you won't be keeping
Create, test, and run simulations on your backups to validate your disaster recovery plan (optionally erase drives at this point)
15: Disconnect Equipment
Pull equipment from subnets, firewalls, ACLs, etc., and cut power to everything being decom'd
16: Pull From Racks
Using tip guards and other safety equipment, remove all relevant racked hardware
17: Verify Documentation
Ensure all security policies, data erasure, etc., have all been fulfilled with a comprehensive paper trail
Crate with cut-to-fit polyethylene and don't use standard freight shipping, as it is insufficient
19: Asset Disposition
Choose an ITAD company to help repurpose, recycle, or resell any equipment that isn't needed
Your Decommission project is complete!
exITAuthor: Jeremy Schaller
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