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6 Ways to Recycle Your IT Gear for Earth Day


We all love our smartphones, computers, tablets, and gadgets. Some of us wait in long lines the moment the latest tech hits the shelves, while others upgrade when our old devices finally kick the bucket. Either way, we are all inevitably left with obsolete technology that we need to discard. The hardware, batteries, cables, and accessories often become burdensome because we are not sure how to recycle this material. As digital transformation continues to permeate IT professionals’ data centers, the same is true of legacy infrastructure that is either rendered obsolete by new technology like cloud computing or are simply subject to an upgrade.

Recycling properly can take time that IT professionals may not have since they’re busy keeping organizational processes running smoothly, which means the environment often takes a backseat as old tech collects dust in the supply closet.

In the spirit of Earth Day this Sunday, SolarWinds polled its THWACK community of more than 145,000 IT professionals and collected their best tips and tricks for recycling or disposing of older hardware in an environmentally friendly way.

Here are some of the best ways to reuse and recycle old technology this Earth Day, along with advice on how to be more green by reducing your data center footprint.

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A Day in the Life


From blasting performance bottlenecks and slashing application downtime to defending against data loss and endlessly having to instruct end users to “turn it off and on again,” system administrators are the grease that keep the wheels of modern businesses turning day in and day out.

Since 2000, these typically unsung heroes of the enterprise have been recognized in July with System Administrator Appreciation Day. The holiday, celebrated on the last Friday of July, was created by sysadmin Ted Kekatos, who was inspired by a Hewlett-Packard ad for laser printers. The ad showed a sysadmin receiving flowers and gifts from grateful co-workers.

For SysAdmin Appreciation Day 2017, and to honor sysadmins around the world for all the times they’ve come to rescue, SolarWinds polled its THWACK community of 130,000 IT professionals to caption “A Day in the Life of the sysadmin.” They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so SolarWinds captured the best captions that show the witty and funny side of life as a sysadmin.

Happy SysAdmin Day 2017!



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