IT Asset Management steps to maintain RAM resell during disposition
IT hardware assets always drop in value. Next generation memory and CPUs arrive to market as DRAM and CPU OEMs improve manufacturing processes causing your capital equipment to lose value. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to maintain the value of your server RAM until it is retired and converted back into capital through an IT hardware asset recovery company. These simple steps keep your RAM desirable and in demand, retaining value by up to 50% more than mishandled memory.
• Know what memory options you are buying
• Standardize a memory module handing protocol
• Develop a smart inventory management marking system
• Store memory securely
• Maintain brands, part numbers and lots
#1. Know what memory options you are buying
Option brands and module stickers matter.
Memory upgrades are commonplace for servers as data centers scale to meet growing demand. When buying memory from a Value Added Reseller (VAR) or other online source, take into account parameters beyond specification, brands affect value. Major original memory retains value better than third party modules. Samsung, Hynix ,and Micron original modules are ideal. Additionally, DRAM OEM branded memory with HP, IBM, and Sun labels yield better resale value because they are on known Approved Vendor Lists (AVLs) and Bill of Materials (BOMs). Third party manufacturers do make quality products, however the resell values are lower.
#2. Standardize a memory module handing protocol
The money is all in the details.
Data centers personnel handle memory when configuring and upgrading. Use care at all times, refrain from using tools to remove modules, pliers are notorious for marking and scratching modules. It can be beneficial to be mindful of the labels on the module, torn or damaged labels can reduce the vale by over 20%.
#3. Develop a smart inventory management marking system
Please don’t add marks to your RAM.
Protect original labels from stickers and markers. Some companies use ultra-violet (UV) ink techniques to identify and manage inventory. They are invisible and only seen with black lights.
#4. Store memory wisely
Protect sensitive modules from damage.
Memory modules have sensitive capacitors, resistors, and IC’s that are prone to physical and electrical damage if not cared for. Modules are often packed in antistatic trays that protect them. Some organizations will rubber band modules together or simply toss them in a box, which increases the probability of value reducing damage. A second factor is shipping. It is important to pack the modules snug, there should be no open space in the box, otherwise the components will bounce during shipping and accrue damage.
#5. Maintain brands, part numbers and lots
Memory modules have grade levels.
The organization of memory modules can affect value as well. When upgrading, it is often desirable to populate memory sockets with like modules. The uniformity improves performance and allows for more advance memory functions. That demand for consistency affects value when reselling modules. Selling 50 of the same part number will be worth more than 50 modules with 10 different part numbers. When purchasing additional modules, or liquidating retired modules, keeping consistency can improve cost efficiency of component upgrades.
Get back up to 50% more on your server RAM – Optimizing product refresh cycles
These five simple steps go a long way in preserving the value and appeal of your memory modules. When utilizing IT asset disposition, caring for the memory in advance can increase its secondary market value. Developing a memory handling protocol will optimize the hardware refresh budget.