PaaS and Extra Equipment


What are you going to do with all the extra IT equipment now that you have moved to a PaaS environment?

Many businesses are opting to shift their data to the cloud as global server sales continue to increase. For some businesses, the cloud can provide more flexibility to their employees by allowing them to access information remotely and connect with coworkers.


However, they will be left with on-premises equipment that they will no longer use. Many organizations are hesitant to migrate to the cloud because of the significant investment they have already placed in their internal systems— they find it difficult to justify throwing away that much money. Hardware can be costly to purchase and maintain, and this expense should not be wasted if you decide that migrating to a cloud service provider is the best option for your company.


So, now that you have switched to a Platform as a Service (PaaS) environment, what are you going to do with all of that access IT equipment? There is an opportunity to get a return on your investment and contribute to the cost of your cloud migration. Technology that’s a few years old can still be valuable, and if sold through the correct hardware purchasing firm, it can be a potential cash resource.



What is PaaS?

Platform as a Service, also commonly known as PaaS, is a cloud computing concept in which consumers receive hardware and software resources from a third-party supplier via the internet. These resources are generally required for application development. The hardware and software resources are hosted on the PaaS provider’s infrastructure. As a result, PaaS eliminates the need for developers to set up internal equipment and software to develop or execute a new application.


What to Do with Your Access IT Equipment After You Switch to PaaS?


Maximize the Price you Get for your Equipment

You will want to maximize the price you get for your equipment to obtain the best positive cash flow. The manufacturer, age, version, CPU speed, RAM, and size are just a few of the criteria that will determine the price you can get. When requesting an estimate, include as much information about the configuration of the equipment as possible, as well as any licenses. You should also set a pickup date so that the purchasing group can sell your equipment ahead of time for a greater price. Include any supporting equipment, such as handmade rack kits or installation rails, to get better pricing.


Hire a Procurement Firm to Handle the Equipment Removal

Many people are skeptical about what to do with their old equipment after migrating to the cloud. Even if you ignore the potential profit from selling the hardware, you cannot just throw this stuff in the trash when you’re done with it. Whether your organization needs to decommission a few servers or an entire data center, having a procurement firm handle the removal of your equipment—including racking gear, PDUs, and the physical servers—may make the entire process much easier, faster, and less stressful.


Secure your Data

Data is often a company’s most precious asset, and many businesses are concerned about data protection while disposing of old server equipment. Even after you’ve moved all your data to a new platform, the data remains on your infrastructure and must be safely deleted. Using an industry-standard disk wiping technology, third-party organizations can remove the usable data from the disk so that it cannot be recovered, allowing the disk to be safely utilized by a new owner. This can be done on-site, or the device can be removed and safely cleaned off-site by a third-party organization that can provide an audit certificate.


Reuse IT Equipment

An upgrade to your backup and disaster recovery infrastructure could provide an alternative use for the IT equipment that has yet to find a new home. Your backup and disaster recovery infrastructure may not always have all the resources it requires to perform at its best. Server reuse is an excellent option to optimize this critical component of your IT infrastructure. Consider how much more reliable your backup server will be, how much more disk space you will have to make temporary backups, and how much faster you’ll be able to recover your data. These are just a few of the advantages of renewing your backup system with components from the systems you will be transferring from.



Naturally, because switching to a cloud platform requires a paradigm shift in how your resources are managed, you probably would not be able to reuse all of your hardware assets. However, migrating to the cloud is a significant investment, and any equipment that you reuse, or sell could be considered a bonus!

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