Disty on pace to become largest ITAD service provider in North America
Ingram Micro this week cut the ribbon on its newest IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) facility in Richmond, Va. The location is No. 17 in the distribution giant’s growing list of service hubs for the secure handling of decommissioned and end-of-life IT gear.
The Lowdown: Like the five new ITAD locations Ingram opened last year, the new Richmond facility was selected to allow clients tighter control over the chain of custody of their old IT equipment while also reducing shipping and handling costs and speeding the entire ITAD process of data sanitization and hard drive destruction. The hub serves as home base for an ITAD-dedicated Ingram Micro truck, as well as technicians and mobile degaussing and shredding equipment, Ingram officials said.
The Details: Responsible handling of unused IT equipment is a major security and compliance concern for enterprises and IT service providers, who generally must ensure that all decommissioned storage media be wiped of all data to NIST 800-88 standards or physically destroyed and documented.
Nearly every device in an IT environment, from the largest disk array to the lowliest printer, includes some sort of memory hardware and residual data that requires secure, environmentally responsible handling when it reaches the end of its serviceable life.
Background: Ingram Micro’s ITAD services were formerly known as CloudBlue and are now part of the distributor’s Commerce and Lifecycle Services unit.
The Buzz: “Ingram Micro’s focus on collaborative client relationships continues to drive our targeted expansion plans. Each new facility serves to increase efficiency for both current and new clients,” said Todd Zegers, vice president of ITAD, commerce, and lifecycle services at Ingram Micro. “Facilities are selected with the specific goal of minimizing the need for third-party carriers, which in turn shortens lead times, lowers logistics costs, and extends the reach of our direct client-site data erasure and destruction services.”