Data Center Decommissioning and Demolition


Data center decommissioning and demolition involves disposing of the entire data center infrastructure, but not just getting rid of it. It involves getting rid of it in a way that eliminates the risk of business data being leaked or lost and ensuring that the physical equipment is disposed of in a way that meets all environmental guidelines. That’s a tall order that makes the project a complex process rather than a quick “over the weekend” type of project. Data center demolitions can also be extensive projects. Once all hazardous liquids are reclaimed or disposed of, the equipment must be removed and stored or sold and everything must be properly documented along the way.

Our team of associates can maximize return on investment while mitigating risks. Decommissioning your data center site is serious business and must not damage the building infrastructure and must comply with current State and Federal laws affecting recycling data center equipment. As part of the service, equipment can be sold to third parties for the highest price possible. We can also liquidate all the data center assets to help off-set demolition costs. Our project management teams and long history has allowed us to build an extensive network of partners to completely handle all needs from planning to equipment removal. IDCS has been handling data center demolition projects for years. We’ve developed a reputation for getting the job done on-time and on-budget with minimal disruption to our clients.

Services Provided For Data Center Decommissioning and Demolition

  • Project management
  • Complete Site Demolition and decommissioning
  • Removal of old cabling, A/C, UPS, raised floors, cabling, overhead racks, diesel generators
  • EPA Certified Hazardous Waste Disposal
  • Equipment brokerage services and equipment re-manufacturing options
  • Disposal or Recycling of Materials
  • Liquidate assets including raised floors, UPS, PDUs, diesel generators, HVAC and cabling.

Things to Consider Before Decommissioning A Data Center

The first step is to put a comprehensive strategy in place. You need to assess the operating expenses and financial liabilities facing your company and department. Remember that it takes longer to decommission a date center than you might think it should so immediately develop a time-line that considers costs, project management, disposal time, construction and environmental impact.

  1. Develop a plan. Successful data center demolition decisions start with a comprehensive plan that includes projected costs, transition management, disposal options, construction/deconstruction costs, environmental impact, and a timeline to completion. 
  2. Review your lease agreement. This is an important step. What does your lease agreement say about decommissioning equipment? In what state must the space be left once you vacate? Make sure you’ve got a firm understanding of what your obligations are under the agreement to avoid surprise costs.
  3. Inform all stakeholders of the plan. You will likely have to make adjustments to day-to-day business operations during a demolition project. Make sure employees know what to expect and when well in advance so they can adjust their workloads accordingly and plan for the transition to the new system.
  4. Create an inventory of assets and what to do with them. An inventory of assets can help identify assets than can be recycled, reused elsewhere, or sold for cash and helps ensure that nothing is lost in the transition.
  5. Terminate existing service contracts. It’s easy to forget to terminate existing service contracts if you are simply getting rid of equipment. Don’t waste any more money than you have to by paying for services you no longer need. Use the inventory list created in Step 4 above to identify which equipment has a contract that must be terminated or adjusted.
  6. Relocate systems. Got everything checked off on your list? Know what is being decommissioned, what is being reused, and the new space is ready to go? The big day is finally here! You are ready to relocate your systems!
  7. Dispose of old equipment. Once you’ve relocated all of your reusable equipment, the time has come to get rid of the unusable pieces. You should have researched equipment disposal options early on in the process and have vendors lined up to help you clear out  the facility. 
  8. Restore the site. Everything gone? Go back to Step 2 and restore the site to the conditions specified in your lease agreement.

How we can help with the Data Center Decommission and Demolition process

  • Requirements identified in proposal format
  • Scope definition process: Project specification collection and scope of work definition processes & pre-bid site visit
  • Present project parameters & proposal
  • Approval process, deliver asset purchase agreement and decommissioning project contract
  • Scheduling & project coordination
  • Project commencement
  • Project execution
  • Dispose of assets
  • Final site restoration completion and sign-off