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For sale: Used hyperscaler servers from Amazon, Facebook

A reseller of used IT hardware plans to market decommissioned data-center equipment from hyperscale operators like Facebook and Google.

ITRenew announced the scheme at the recent Open Compute Project (OCP) conference, promising to sell full servers previously owned by the big operators, refurbished, warrantied, and configured for turnkey uses like webserving and Kubernetes.

Making the announcement at OCP dovetails the project’s goal to proliferate open-design, highly scalable, energy-efficient data centers with ITRenew’s specialty of selling used IT hardware as systems rather than as components. Selling the gear to service providers and mainstream enterprises will advance the cause of making data-center hardware as interchangeable as possible and avoid proprietary vendor lock-in.

OCP’s CTO Bill Carter said there is a proliferation of retired gear because of the massive growth of hyperscalers who would rather put newer, more powerful gear in the same space rather than build out new space. With the core counts from Intel and AMD skyrocketing, a 2U server from 2020 is much more powerful than a 2U from 2018.

And Carter notes, “That’s newer than a lot of equipment being used in IT these days.”

He says reselling whole servers wasn’t done even a year ago; recycled gear was sold on a component level. “When you have these mega data centers commissioning 100,000 units every year, you’re also taking out tens of thousands of old equipment every quarter. Now I can set up an assembly line to recondition it,” he says.

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