You Can’t Handle the Truth: Handles & Access 101

Handles. They’re the gateway to the files, information, and critical data that is stored on the other side of an enclosure. While most people recognize the importance of a quality server handle to protect their company’s information, they may not realize that there are many options with important distinctions – and finding the right handle for your particular need is crucial to your company’s security. So how exactly will you decide which handle is what you’re looking for? It all starts with a conversation with one of our sales reps, who will ask a series of questions to figure out which handle will work best for what your company needs. Here’s an example of what that conversation might entail:

Question: Is this something you’ll want to be able to manage on your computer or is it just replacing a standard key with something electronic but not connected to a network?
Depending on the answer to this question, our sales reps will continue with different questions and suggestions. But for the purposes of this 101 blog, let’s assume that, like most requests we encounter, the customer would like a handle that ties in with a management system.

Question: So you want the handles to work with a management system. Does this system already exist?
If not, we can talk about what management system we recommend using and how to start from scratch. But more often than not, the customer will have an existing system that they’d like the handles to tie into. Some options we have are able to tie into existing systems but others are not, so this is important to know up front.

Question: What kind of authentication would you like the cabinet to require?
There are four main options: identification card, pin number, biometrics, or a combination. Card readers are by far the most common, followed by a card reader with a pin code add-on for two-factor authentication. This information will also inform the sales rep and help him or her decide what options to recommend.

With all of this information (as well as your responses to other questions that could be asked depending on your answers), the sales rep will determine which of the 25+ handle options we offer is right for your organization.

Whether one of these options jumped out at you as something your company could use or you have more questions, we’d love to talk to you. Give one of our sales reps a call. No really – we don’t believe in automated responses.

One of our most popular handle models is the GL-SEAL-R2000KP. We would recommend this to a company that is looking to integrate handles into an existing management system and would like a two-factor authentication system with both a card reader and a pin number.
Another model we often recommend is the GL-SEAL-R3000. This handle is unique because unlike many others that have one wire associated with each handle that plugs into an available port on the server, the R3000 can chain the wires together so 32+ handles only take up one port on the server. This saves both space and money.

If you’re looking for a biometric handle option, one of our most popular models is the GL-SEAL-DL. This option uses an RFID card and also asks for fingerprint authentication. What makes this handle so unique is that it can be tied into an existing management system – something that many biometric options aren’t able to do.

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