Genetec Launches New Enclosure Management System for Data Centers

Genetec has launched a new enclosure management solution that will give data centers the ability to remotely secure, monitor and manage access to racks and cabinets.

Using industry-specific NEMA TS2 (National Electrical Manufacturer Association) compliant hardware via Cloud Link Roadrunner technology, the new lightweight architecture device offers more options for those working in scale-out data center environments .

The new technology also leverages the latest developments in access management software, aimed at helping to securely streamline complex access and security issues.

The company says many of today’s data center enclosures are state-of-the-art, but the tools used to manage and secure these assets are often outdated. They say simple mechanical keys and stand-alone electronic locks are still commonplace, which can often overly complicate the workflow of a data center.

By unifying enclosure management and video surveillance with the new development, the company says data centers can now have the ability to see and control when, how and by whom their racks and cabinets are accessed.

Security personnel and engineers can also instantly verify an event without having to deploy teams and act quickly if needed, while access to cabinets and racks can be granted remotely and customized to suit the nature of the project and the role of the contractor or employee.

As a result, data center operators have the ability to provide their customers with secure self-service management and cabinet access reporting.

They will have the ability to create custom dashboards and reports, analyze data and activity patterns, and track contract work to reconcile contractor billing. In addition, they can help determine trends, conduct research, and conduct investigations into logins or other usage anomalies.

Genetec’s Country Manager for A/NZ, George Moawad, says he’s surprised that many centers are still using outdated technology, and often times these mechanical locks aren’t ideal for certain situations and issues that may arise. He says the new solutions will offer a compliance and management-focused approach.

“It’s shocking to consider how many data centers still use traditional mechanical locks that can be opened by generic keys purchased at the local hardware store.

“Genetec’s new enclosure management solution will allow our customers to move away from this approach and adopt a data-driven approach to management and compliance, supported by a unified system.”

With the new technology, less rack space will also be utilized with a slim 1U mounting design connected to ASSA ABLOY’s new server rack lock, which can control six rack enclosures while taking up only 1U of space for controller hardware. That’s much less space used compared to other solutions that require 3 to 6U per cabinet, depending on the architecture.

Genetec is headquartered in Montreal, Canada, but has a network of partners and certified consultants in over 159 countries.

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