Data Center Decommissions

Closing or relocating your data center is not as simple as moving to a new home — boxing up your belongings, switching off the lights and locking the front door. It comes with meticulous planning to make sure the process goes smoothly.

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Streamlined. Secure. Sustainable.

Wherever you host your data, the potential for disrupting business is greater when you shut down a data center rather than when you open one. Why? Your critical data and business process can live on, housed on old devices that have been repurposed elsewhere.

Data Slayer can help you. We provide a value estimate of your servers, pick up and remove the servers and erase all data. This reduces your cost of warehousing and offers fair market value for your equipment.

Our team is made up solely of Data Slayer technicians experienced in server liquidation. We manage all of the components including removals, logistics, inventory, reporting, data sanitization, and logs.

7-Step Data Center Shutdown Checklist

One of the most straightforward ways to decouple risk is by following a predefined data center closure checklist that will give security for all your sensitive data stored on devices while achieving maximum resale value from decommissioning equipment. We’ve put together 7 of the most pressing considerations to work into your environment.



This involves identifying the data center components that need to be decommissioned and developing a plan for the decommissioning process. This plan should include details such as the timeline, resources required, and any potential risks or challenges. Prior to any project, Data Slayer will provide a Statement of Work and a Certificate of Insurance.


Data Backup and Migration

All data stored within the data center needs to be backed up and migrated to new locations or storage devices.


Hardware Disposal

Once all data has been backed up and migrated, the hardware components of the data center can be disposed of. This may involve recycling, repurposing, or securely destroying the hardware to prevent any data breaches or environmental harm.


Software Decommissioning

All software licenses should be terminated and any software applications should be uninstalled from the servers.


Security Measures

The data center should be thoroughly cleaned. All security measures should be disabled or removed, including firewalls and access controls.


Environmental Considerations

Proper disposal of all hazardous materials, such as batteries, should be considered.


Verification and Certification

Finally, the data center should be audited and certified. All data and equipment should be disposed of in accordance with local, state, and federal regulations.

Overall, data center decommissioning requires careful planning. Execution and verification must be carried out to ensure that all data and equipment are safely and securely disposed of. This will also minimize any potential risks or negative environmental impact.

We Take Security Seriously

Project Start

Prior to any project, a Statement of Work and Certificate of Insurance will be provided.


Data Slayer scans assets and compares to client’s inventory list on-site.

Equipment Transport

Data Slayer employees never leave assets unsupervised - shipping is via a locked box truck. Real time tracking of assets.

Our Facility Standards

Our compliant site sits behind a gated enclosure. Face recognition used for entry, 24/7 monitored alarmed entrance. 

Sanitization Standards

NIST 800-88, Revision 1, Re-verification, non-auditable reports, zero leakage.

Reporting & Logs

Detailed sanitization and e-waste certificates provided.


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