Old Hardware - What to do with it?
As we all know, COVID has been ravishing a businesses all over the world, and a good chunk of our clients are no exception.
We have several colocation clients, many of whom have eventually stopped paying their bills without any notice and eventually just say 'You can keep my hardware', as if that were sufficient compensation.... well whatever. I don't want to make hard times worse for them, and I offer to allow them to cancel without forfeiting their hardware. Despite allowing them to take their hardware, they actually don't have the means to come and collect it, so they just leave it with us.
Okay so now we have about 2 dozen or so colocation servers which are all seemingly near worthless.
Just pulled out an IBM X3650 M2, which sports a Dual Intel Xeon 5500 CPU. Launched over 10 years ago. Power hungry and not exactly great performing, any one have any idea what to do with these old machines?
They don't seem to be economical to run for computational work load. The only thing I can think it may be useful for is as a NAS server. It has 8x2.5" hotswap bays and a dual 10G NIC, and a NAS doesn't need all that compute power (nor RAM, which this only has ~16GB).
I haven't checked all the other servers, but most they are IBM or Dell and all of them at probably a decade old running this generation CPU. If I'm lucky I may find an E5 among them, but even so, the gen 1 E5s are already 8 years old.
To me, these machines seem nearly worthless. Anyone have any other opinions or should I just be calling the electronics recycling people to come take this shit away?