Data Centers

Infographic: The life cycle of a server

Servers don't live that long, so what happens to them when their work is done? Check out this infographic's numbers on data center servers and their average lifespan.

The infographic below, courtesy of Sims Recycling Solutions, illustrates the tremendous number of servers that data centers go through each year. What happens to all that hardware when it's short lifespan is reached?


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It seems this is just an add with little mentioned about the subject of the heading - in fact there is essentially no data at all. Nothing is explained. No details on causes for short life, what happens to the servers after use etc. The question "What happens to all that hardware when itÂ’s short lifespan is reached?" is not addressed. Each image creates questions but none are really answered. A waste of time.

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