Why ITAD is the Secret to Staying Ahead of Emerging Technologies

Why ITAD is the Secret to Staying Ahead of Emerging Technologies

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Why ITAD is the Secret to Staying Ahead of Emerging Technologies

The IT world is changing and progressing every day with new products and opportunities demanding new technologies and strategies. 

With rapid evolution comes general excitement over new and valuable opportunities for businesses to reorganize, expand and improve.

Nevertheless, changes in technologies also provides businesses much to think about as the learning curve becomes sharper and the rate of shifting operations becomes tougher to keep up with.

As companies continue to make headway into the future defined by 5G and AI, there are a few top factors taking priority that should be managed carefully as they execute and plan accordingly.

Business Continuity

It seems as fast as new IT strategies and processes are presented across organizations, the old stagnant are being retired and disposed.

For instance, January 2020, will mark the end of Windows 7. With 79 percent of organizations still having at least one Windows 7 system on their network, many enterprises are facing a sudden need to revisit and revitalize their business frameworks.

No more updates or support will be offered by Microsoft for this software. This means that operations may be disrupted, and value may be lost for some businesses. Even more so, incidents like these are likely to become more common as the pace of digital revolution accelerates.

Security

Security is the most vital element of any industry in our digitally led world. As more technologies and operational agendas arise, cybersecurity threats and weaknesses tend to multiply. As new applications cause more IT asset turnover, more equipment comes to the end-of-life stage and must be retired.

More importantly, the data that still exists in these remaining assets must not be overlooked. Ignoring the residing data can lead to exposure, breaches and ensuing financial and reputational risks.

As businesses seek to guarantee end-to-end security measures and eliminate barriers to valuable digitization, they must adjust their traditional security structures and take into account more thorough methods.

E-waste is consequently growing as a global concern as we head into the future of universal technological innovation. The more devices and equipment that are created, the more that are being retired and improperly disposed of.

In 2018, it was anticipated that around 49.8 million tons of electronic waste would be produced on a global scale. Additionally, it’s been reported that in the past, only 20 percent of e-waste was recycled through appropriate channels.

This challenge poses risks not only for businesses coping with stricter state, local and federal regulations, but for ecosystems that may be affected by the toxic chemicals and metals in these objects. Therefore, remaining ethical and compliant as IT turnover quickens is in everyone’s best interest. 

Guide to Sustainability in 2020

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Corporate social responsibility and increasing overall sustainability continues to be a rising concern for many businesses. Yet there remains to be a vast amount of organizations that are oblivious to the impact of technology on the environment. We’ve compiled some statistics to aid your organization’s IT department in becoming more sustainable in 2020 and years to come.

Reduce the Amount of Emails You Send

A recent report by OVOenergy found that over 64 million unwarranted emails are sent per day, in the UK alone. So, why does that matter? Well if every adult in the UK alone sent just one less email daily, it would save more than 36 million pounds of carbon a year.

This is just a tiny percentage of the data that is sent out every day. Now think about the data centers and the amount of electricity required to run those cloud services. Forbes reported in 2017 that U.S. data centers used more than 90 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity a year, needing roughly 34 giant (500-megawatt) coal-powered plants in order to operate around the clock. This amount is expected to double every four years.

Recycle the E-waste

In 2017, United Nations University’s Global E-waste Monitor report discovered that worldwide we created 49.2 million tons of e-waste. The same report also found that e-waste had doubled in nine years since 2008. They project that by 2021, the annual total of e-waste will exceed 57 million tons, with only 20% being properly recycled.

Another way your IT department can ensure your company is maintaining sustainability is by partnering with a certified ITAD service provider. Working with a certified ITAD partner will ensure your retired IT assets are recycled safely and properly. That means your business’s e-waste will not end up in a landfill long after it’s useful life. Heck, they might even be able to get you a return on your initial IT investment, lining your pockets with green in 2020!

The Self Destruction of HPE SSDs

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Warning: Owners of HPE Solid State Drives Need This Updated Immediately

ATTENTION! Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) recently announced a critical customer support bulletin regarding the expected failure of a wide range of the enterprise-class solid state drives currently being used in some of its products.

In the recently released report, HPE reveals the discovery of a firmware bug that will inevitably cause drive failures. If the drives in question have been in use for 32,768 hours or (3 years, 270 days 8 hours), they will fail 100% of the time.

The report titled, “HPE SAS Solid State Drives – Critical Firmware Upgrade Required for Certain HPE SAS Solid State Drive Models to Prevent Drive Failure at 32,768 Hours of Operation” states that the issue originates from the power-on counter firmware.

The firmware in question is used in solid state drives featured in HPE Synergy, Apollo, and ProLiant servers, Store Virtual 4335 and Store Virtual 3200 products. HPE provides a wide-ranging list of devices affected in the report.

According to the customer support bulletin, “Neglecting to update to SSD Firmware Version HPD8 will result in drive failure and data loss at 32,768 hours of operation and require restoration of data from backup in non-fault tolerance, such as RAID 0 and in fault tolerance RAID mode if more drives fail than what is supported by the fault tolerance RAID mode logical drive.” 

This directly translates to the importance of data backup. Once the SSD drive fails, it will no longer be functioning for data storage. Restoring data will involve individual backups or a still functioning drive that’s part of the RAID.

The imminent failure is the result of a software issue. The power-on counter in the affected drives uses a 16-bit Two’s Complement. Once the counter exceeds the maximum value, it’s a hard fail.

This failure can be disastrous because the affected enterprise-class drives may have been installed as part of a multiple-drive RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks). The potential for all the drives to fail simultaneously (assuming they were all installed and activated together) is highly likely. It would be a catastrophic domino effect of data loss.

How Big Data Has Changed Entrepreneurship

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How Big Data Has Changed Entrepreneurship

The latest industry piquing the interest of entrepreneurs is Big Data. It is the vast amount of information being collected, analyzed, stored, and monetized in a progressively digital world.

What has led to the emergence of Big Data, and what does it mean for entrepreneurs?

The rise of big data is mainly due to the amount of data being created at an exponential rate. The collective ability of systems, phones, and machines to generate data is greater anything the world has ever witnessed before. In reality, there will never be enough memory or a big enough server to store all of the data ever created. It will continuously evolve.

This data explosion has created an opportunity for entrepreneurs. Every time a new data storage platform is released, it’s typically marks the beginning of a new era. Following the launch there are always first, second, third, and fourth generation companies that mimic the platform and make it better in one way or another.

What trends define Big Data?

There are currently two major movements that have affected big data. First is the monetization of big data. Company’s now have access to massive amounts of differentiated and actionable customer data. However, there are some instances of businesses collecting the data that don’t realize it and don’t know what to do with it once they do. The next big trend for enterprise data could be how to maintain a competitive advantage and at the same time have access to data that no one else does.

The second trend to rise in the world of big data is the regulation of it. We have already seen it in part around privacy and security issues with GDPR and cookies.

Which industry does Big Data have the most effect?

There are very few industries that big data will not impact. However, the most effect has been seen in the advertising industry. Companies can gather real time customer data on purchasing habits and visual funnels to sales. This was never possible before the mergence of big data. Google has famously made its fortune doing just this.

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How does Big Data have economic value?

A great example would be what we see a lot of in the insurance industry. Insurance companies have what is called an individual risk profile and it can be worth millions of dollars. The risk profile is essentially a collection of consumer data and carries such great value because those in the insurance world manage their populations according to risk levels. When they can navigate the data and know that a particular population carries more risk than another population, they can better control their pricing.

How can entrepreneurs assess the opportunities within Big Data?

A terrific way to understand big data is to compare it to big oil of a hundred years ago. Data is the new oil in the way that industries are evolving around it much like they did around oil. Personal data has become an economic asset class and businesses are learning to manage their data in the same way they manage their money. This is not a trend that is going to be here for a while and then disappear. Data will continue to grow, and the need to have all of these different kinds of businesses — including some that we’ve never thought of — will be born.

Facts About Recycling IT Equipment Infographic

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