China’s zero covid policy highlights the benefits of a more sustainable IT strategy.

Following the global chip shortage that coincided with the pandemic, the technology industry as a whole is now facing a new and significant challenge. Shenzhen in lockdown, global tech supply halted On 12 March, China announced the lockdown of Shenzhen, China’s Silicon Valley and home to the majority of the world’s technology production plants. Following the announcement, the production lines at fabrication plants of tech giants Huawei, Tencent, Foxconn (manufacturer of Apple’s iPhone), Huaqiang Electronics World (a supplier of electronic components) and SMIC (China’s leader in electronic chips) have been completely immobilized.
This measure is part of China’s zero Covid policy and resulted in the lockdown of all non-essential workers in the technology megalopolis. The shutdown raises fears of further disruptions in global technology supply chains at a time when demand for IT infrastructure equipment is increasing due to the spread of telecommuting and changing consumer habits. This imbalance between supply and demand is leading to a reduced availability of servers and other IT equipment essential to the effective functioning of data centers.
As a knock-on effect, the shortage of electronic components is putting unprecedented pressure on prices too, leading to inevitable price inflation affecting all sectors. The consequences for companies, from both financial and logistical perspectives, are significant.

Sustainable computing as a solution to the chip shortage While the shortage of chips can have heavy consequences for the management of IT infrastructures, companies now have other alternatives. This includes outsourcing the maintenance of their IT equipment to extend its useful life and reduce reliance on the supply chain by avoiding the purchase of new hardware.
Evernex’s expertise in Third-Party Maintenance (TPM) enables companies to reduce their IT costs by up to 70%, while also reducing their environmental impact. Evernex provides IT support to let companies retain hardware that is still functional, even after its end-of-life and end-of-service dates, and avoid the need to refresh with new hardware, providing real environmental and financial benefits businesses around the world. This helps protect companies from the effects of external events that are out of their control, such commodity and components shortages due to pandemics, wars, weather phenomena or others, which as resources continue to deplete, experts predict to increase in frequency in the future.

Additionally, Evernex also offers refurbished hardware companies wanting to increase the capacity of their IT infrastructure. Having gone through rigorous testing and quality assurance processes, refurbished hardware offers the same levels of performance as new equipment, which allows companies to reduce their IT budget as well as their carbon footprint, while maintaining the highest levels of productivity. By purchasing refurbished hardware, companies are not dependent on the manufacture of computer chips, which secures their business against shortages such as the one we are current experiencing.

While the pandemic has exposed flaws in the IT hardware supply chain, it has also highlighted some more sustainable strategies that can bring significant environmental and financial benefits to businesses. It has also highlights that now more than ever, the IT industry needs to move toward a more sustainable future in IT.

“With our SPaaS™ service providing access to our 330+ storage locations worldwide and 850,000+ multi-vendor items in stock, businesses are assured of receiving the refurbished equipment they need, when and where they need it.”

Manivong KHAMMAO, Director of Operations at Evernex.

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