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What are the dangers of using End-of-Life Devices

According to Softchoice, 73% of companies use hardware that is beyond its End-of-Life (EoL). This creates some serious issues.

1.Security Concerns

Manufacturers frequently patch firmware to ensure compliance with ever-changing regulations and enhance cybersecurity. After their EoL, devices typically do not receive these vital updates. New malware more easily exploit these access devices, wreaking havoc.

2.Productivity Killer

a) After it’s EoL, a device inevitably becomes slower, parts wear out and software becomes incompatible. Initially, this might be exhibited through slower applications and poor battery life. Over time, this can lead to applications becoming unusable, undermining user experience and productivity

b) Over time, devices inevitably become more prone to hardware failure and crashes, increasing downtime. This has a significant impact on business operations, harming employee productivity and customer satisfct

3. Limited Repair & Support

Typically, manufacturers discontinue any repair or support services for a discontinued model. Hence, the device owners become reliant on second-hand parts and support that have no guarantee. As parts become harder to find, repairing devices becomes markedly more expensive and time-consuming.

4. Environmental Concerns

a) When improperly disposed, all devices have the potential to harm the environment. However, devices past their end of life can be particularly hazardous, as they may not meet environmental standards. This can lead to hefty fines and legal consequences.

b) The World Economic Forum and the United Nations E-Waste Coalition discovered that roughly 50 million tonnes of electronic waste are produced each year, with most being dumped in landfills or incinerated. This is further supported by Blancco’s conclusion that even the 83% of organisations that have a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy minimally sanitise and reuse EoL equipment. This indicates that the vast majority of EoL equipment is causing environmental damage, particularly to the world’s poorest countries who provide landfill space.


Considering the above and the excessive, sporadic cost, it is no wonder why companies are turning towards Device-as-a-Service (DaaS) more often. If you are interested to learn more about how DaaS can help you or get in touch by completing the form below:


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